Asian Development Bank

Deputy Director General

Asian Development Bank

Job Description

Reference Number: 210024 Position Level: IS 9 Department: Information Technology Department Division: Office of the Director General, ITD Location: Asian Development Bank Headquarters Date Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Closing Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT) IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Close relatives1 of ADB staff, except spouses of international staff, are not eligible for recruitment and appointment to staff positions. Applicants are expected to disclose if they have any relative/s by consanguinity/blood, by adoption and/or by affinity/marriage presently employed in ADB.

1Close relatives refer to spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle This is a senior staff fixed-term appointment for a period of 3 years. This vacancy is open to internal and external applicants.

If the selected candidate is an external hire, the appointment may be extended for a period of up to 3 years per extension, or not renewed. In case of extension, staff may continue in the position for another term of up to 3 years, or be reassigned to any suitable position in ADB.

The same terms and conditions also apply to a selected internal candidate. In addition, if the staff selected has a regular appointment, staff will retain the regular appointment and his/her selection will be considered an assignment for an initial fixed period of 3 years. If the staff selected has a fixed term appointment, his/her appointment will cease, and he/she will be given a new fixed term appointment for an initial term of 3 years.

Fixed-term appointments or assignments are subject to Section 3 of Administrative Order (AO) 2.01 (Recruitment and Appointment) and Section 8 of AO 2.03 (Selection, Talent and Position Management) and its Appendices.

Whether the selected candidate is internal or external, and regardless of the type of appointment, any extension of staff beyond age 60 shall be subject to such terms and conditions determined by ADB, including, where relevant, those provided in Section 10 of AO 2.05 (Termination Policy) and its Appendices.


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and The Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position is assigned in the Information Technology Department (ITD) of ADB. ITD enables ADB's digital agenda and supports the Bank's global operations. The department delivers digital innovation, IT infrastructure, services and solutions, and provides tools and knowledge platforms.

Job Purpose

The Deputy Director General (DDG) supports the Director General, ITD (DG) in leading the planning, implementation and supervision of ITD's vision, strategy and work plan in support of overall ADB goals. He/She will assist the DG in running the Department. The incumbent will report to Director General, ITD and will supervise International, National, and Administrative Staff.


Leadership and Management

Contributing to the success of the Bank's strategy, the incumbent supports the DG in the following high-level areas:

  • Sets the standards for the implementation, maintenance, and day-to-day delivery of the Bank's IT infrastructure, platforms, application systems, devices and services, including emerging technologies and IT resiliency.
  • Assesses risks, and implements appropriate controls for key IT infrastructure, platforms, and application systems.
  • Provides guidance and expertise on technology matters to enable the Bank's digital solutions.
  • Oversees the role of IT security operations; undertakes a leading role on other priority areas at the request of the DG.
Operations Management

  • Ensures IT service excellence in enterprise architecture, delivery, integration and support of its products and services.
  • Supports the DG in overseeing the preparation and review of IT business plans including reviews of IT costs, costs structures, budgets and forecasts. Ensures optimal use of IT resources and agile service delivery.
  • Directs the development and implementation of IT policies, technology standards, metrics and best practices to improve IT governance, platforms, products, and services.
  • Oversees a proactive program of cybersecurity controls, prevention, and response including audit activities across the Bank's IT assets.
  • Supports the DG in adopting a modern, flexible and agile approach in delivering IT platforms and services that are within internationally recognized standards and practices and the Bank's policies and standards.
Knowledge Sharing

  • Proactively introduces emerging technologies and new digital models to encourage innovation and digital processes in the Bank.
  • Creates synergies across the Bank to enable innovative, integrated, sustainable, and resilient IT solutions.
Supports the DG in delivering an integrated IT ecosystem that supports operational priorities, delivery of user and stakeholder expectations, and automation of business processes.

Supports the DG in developing, publishing, and monitoring the implementation of ADB-wide standards, procedures and guidelines for IT operations, cyber security, Change Management, data management, and systems development and lifecycle management.

Together with the DG, facilitates collaboration, information sharing, transparency and real-time reporting using a single version of truth to achieve optimal IT lifecycle value and encourage innovative use of technology.

Staff Supervision

  • Creates and leads multidisciplinary teams and ensures the overall quality of its work.
  • Manages the performance of teams and individuals by providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
  • Provides coaching and mentoring to teams and individuals and ensures their on-going learning and development.
Qualifications Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Administration or related field, or university degree in related fields combined with additional relevant professional experience can be considered.
  • At least 15 years of relevant professional experience with 7 years of leadership responsibilities.
  • At least 5 years of international experience in multi-national, global organizations leading large cross-functional teams and enterprise wide IT programs and operations, influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders effectively across the organization and within complex contexts.
  • Proven experience or demonstrated capability in leading IT transformational initiatives in complex and dynamic environments by taking advantage of digital opportunities to innovate business models and enable the digitalization of the business.
  • Demonstrated technical and diplomatic skills to liaise and work effectively with Board and senior staff members, as well as external agencies including other multilaterals.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • International experience required.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Levels 9 - 10.
General Considerations

The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB's standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual's qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.

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