Asian Development Bank

Senior Transport Specialist (Road Safety)

Asian Development Bank

Job Description

Reference Number: 200557 Position Level: IS 5 Department: Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Division: Transport SG, SDSC Location: Asian Development Bank Headquarters Date Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Closing Date: Friday, January 22, 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.

This is a special fixed-term appointment for a period of three (3) years following Section 3.1 (c.) of Administrative Order No. 2.01 ("Recruitment and Appointment'). This appointment is not convertible to a regular appointment. It may be extended on exceptional basis for a further fixed period at the option of ADB. This appointment is open to internal and external applicants . If the successful candidate is an ADB staff member holding a regular appointment, his/her regular appointment will be converted to a special fixed-term appointment. A special fixed-term appointment will automatically and without prior notice expire at the end of the term.


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 Transport Sector Group (SDSC-TRA) of the Sector Advisory Service Cluster (SDSC) within the Sustainable Development and Climate Change (SDCC) Department. The Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department provides leadership, innovation, and knowledge sharing for ADB's sector and thematic work. The SDSC is responsible for providing policy advice, operational support, and knowledge expertise in mainstreaming priorities in the education, energy, finance, health, transport, urban, and water sectors in ADB operations.

Job Purpose

The Senior Transport Specialist (Road Safety) will provide advice, expertise and support to SDCC and operational departments of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to ensure compliance with policies and guidelines of the transport sector. In particular they will assist in the development and mainstreaming of the new transport sector focus aligned with Strategy 2030 and relevant SDGs, to assist in the identification and development of high-quality demonstration projects in core sustainable transport areas, such as road safety. They will support the Chief of Transport Sector Group and Transport Sector Committee in managing the road safety activities of the Transport Sector Group (TSG); develop knowledge products and disseminate these through internal and external networks, and other knowledge management tools; liaise with the transport community both within and outside ADB to enhance the quality of ADB transport sector assistance to DMCs; and develop linkages between transport initiatives and work in other sectors and thematic areas, including health. The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Transport Sector Group and may supervise national staff and administrative staff within the division.


a. Road Safety
  • Advise government and ADB operations teams on opportunities for updating the focus of ADB's road safety operations and support with a view to increasing relevance, value addition and innovation in full compliance of ADB policies and procedures.
  • In consultation with ODs and relevant government agencies of DMCs, conceptualize and develop a roadmap for expanding ADB's road safety support and lending operations, strengthening ADB's staff expertise, and building up its external networks in the field of road safety including with donor partners, centers of excellence and consulting firms.
  • Prepare an approach for ADB to align road sector support with SDGs, notably index 3.6.1 on death rates due to road traffic injuries.
b. Project Development and Processing
  • Assist ODs in policy dialogue with DMCs to develop pipelines of future road safety lending and non-lending operations;
  • Provide ODs with Technical Support in the processing and implementation of road safety lending and non-lending operations;
  • Provide support and quality control to project processing mission teams to ensure quality-at-entry and incorporate value addition and innovation in lending projects.
c. Regional Cooperation and Integration
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of regional road safety strategies, programs and projects focusing on shared approaches to road safety among developing member countries including along regional road corridors;
  • Develop and implement regional cooperation in road safety among members of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC), the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) regions, in consultation with national and regional organizations and international financial agencies.
  • Promote south-south knowledge sharing in the road safety, including on technical aspects, planning and management, program execution and financing.
d. Knowledge management
  • Undertake Analysis and assessment of key road safety policies, technology, institutional integration and reform and financing issues and solutions, and prepare necessary knowledge product and organize knowledge events
Qualifications Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's Degree, or equivalent, in Civil Engineering, Road Safety, Health or relevant fields. University degree in Civil Engineering, Health, Road Safety or relevant fields, combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master's degree.
Minimum 10 years of relevant experience in road safety at senior technical or management level, preferably working for road safety department and consulting firms.

Experience in preparing written technical and other reports (including at short notice and under mission travel conditions) on road safety project concepts, technical scope and feasibility, project implementation arrangements, and policy and institutional change proposals.

International experience working in several countries preferred. Specialized professional experience in the field of road safety operations, or consulting will be considered in lieu of multiple country experience.

Proven technical expertise in the development, planning and operation of road safety initiatives in developing countries.

Able to utilize and share relevant knowledge to benefit the broader ADB community and DMCs, including to support the expansion of ADB's road safety support and operations in DMCs.

Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level.

Capacity to contribute substantially to the development of sector policy, processing and administering loans and technical assistance in the transport sector Strong analytical and interpersonal skills, with ability to deal effectively with all types of internal and external clients/stakeholders Excellent oral and written communication skills in English Able to utilize and share relevant knowledge to benefit the broader ADB community and DMCs When required, able to act as a mission/team leader, exercising supervision Coordination, and planning responsibilities over the assigned team, with oversight from the Chief of Transport Sector Group Act as a coach to develop the capabilities/potential of more junior colleagues on road safety Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS5/IS6.

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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