Asian Development Bank

Principal Operations Coordination Specialist (Conflict-affected Situations)

Asian Development Bank

Job Description

Reference Number: 210016 Position Level: IS 6 Department: Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Division: Office of the Cluster Head, SDTC 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 Staff on probation are not eligible to apply. Applicants for promotion must have served at their position for at least one year and must have normally served at their personal level for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date. Applicants for lateral transfer must have served at their position and personal level for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date (reference A.O. 2.03, paragraphs 5.8 and 5.9).

In the event that the staff appointed to a new category (i.e. from AS to NS, or from NS to IS) is rated at 2 or lower in the first two performance reviews after appointment at the new level, they will return to the level occupied immediately prior to their appointment in the new category.


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 Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situation (FCAS) team, Thematic Advisory Service Cluster (SDTC) within the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department. The Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department provides leadership, innovation, and knowledge sharing for ADB's sector and thematic work. The FCAS team leads the Coordination and implementation of ADB activities and initiatives on FCAS, including undertaking fragility assessments, defining strategic approaches, reporting on development outcomes in FCAS countries, and developing technical assistance projects, knowledge products and services geared towards improving operations in FCAS countries.

Job Purpose

The Principal Operations Coordination Specialist (Conflict-Affected Situations) will provide technical expertise to co-lead the institutionalization and operationalization of the new FCAS and SIDS Approach, to be introduced the first half of 2021. The incumbent will also lead initiatives to support ADB operations in FCAS, strengthen the capacity of ADB staff and government counterparts , and undertake analytical, knowledge, and monitoring and reporting work to help ADB respond better to the needs in FCAS countries. The incumbent will report to Advisor (Conflict-Affected Situations), SDCC and may supervise national and/or administrative staff.


  • Co-leads implementation of the FCAS and SIDS Approach (FSA), focusing on the FCAS dimensions of the approach to improve ADB operations in FCAS countries and leads indicator tracking and monitoring of indicators for FCAS
  • Provides strategic and technical advice as team member of peer reviewers to operations teams working on the preparation of country partnerships strategies, project design and implementation, and results monitoring to ensure context-specific approaches and processes
  • Conceives, develops, and conducts Training Programs for ADB staff and client FCAS countries and provide advice on the design of training and Capacity Building measures for bank staff and counterparts on issues outlined in the FSA and the training needs Analysis that is expected to be completed by March 2021
  • Leads the development of knowledge products and events that will bring in international best practices and strengthen the knowledge base on FCAS for ADB staff and clients.
  • Oversees analytics, results monitoring, and reporting of ADB's operations in FCAS to inform how operations can be improved
  • Establishes and expands a network of FCAS specialists with experience in the region to assist ADB operations and facilitate effective sharing of FCAS-related knowledge and experience within ADB
  • Manages ongoing, and develops new regional technical assistance projects to strengthen ADB operations in FCAS
  • Manages donor coordination and secures funds to cofinance new initiatives
Reviews project documents, and participates in missions to support ADB operations in FCAS countries Represents ADB in national, regional and international fora on FCAS, and support the alignment of ADB approaches with international good practices Undertakes other direct technical and operations work, as needed, for FCAS countries Qualifications Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's or higher advanced degree in political science, social sciences, economics or relevant fields required.
  • Minimum of 12 years of relevant professional experience, including working in FCAS in Asia and the Pacific, demonstrated understanding of the international development assistance architecture, development effectiveness, cooperation with international development partners, especially in the context of change processes and multi-stakeholder consultation and collaboration strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience working on and knowledge of sector-specific issues, and cross-cutting issues such as context-specificity, fragility, resilience, Capacity Development, peace-building, security and stabilization in project design, implementation, monitoring, and reporting will be given a preference
  • Diplomatic skills combined with intercultural competence and experience in working with interdisciplinary teams
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required
  • Distinctive conceptual and analytical skills as well as a high level of consulting competence
  • Readiness for business trips, if necessary, to conflict-sensitive regions and countries
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 6.
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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