Asian Development Bank

Senior Urban Development Specialist (Waste Management)

Asian Development Bank

Job Description

Reference Number: 200554 Position Level: IS 5 Department: Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Division: Urban 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 Urban Sector Group Secretariat within the Sector Advisory Service Cluster (SDSC-URB) of Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC). SDCC is the focal point of sector and thematic work in ADB, hosting the secretariats of 7 sector groups (i.e., Education, Energy, Finance, Health, Transport, Urban, and Water) and 6 thematic groups (i.e., Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, Environment, Gender Equity, Governance, Rural Development and Food Security, and Social Development).

Job Purpose

The Senior Urban Development Specialist (Waste Management) is expected to have an academic and professional background on designing and implementing urban environmental management projects to various project teams across regional departments and sector and thematic groups of SDCC in conducting analytical work to assess the wastewater and Solid Waste Management at city and country levels and processing and administering investment and technical assistance. The incumbent will report to Chief of Urban Sector Group and may supervise National and Administrative staff.


  • Provide expert support and advisory work on innovative project design, specifically on alternative technologies for wastewater and solid waste management, building on city and country level experiences and applicable practices on localized wastewater or solid waste management projects;
  • Provide extensive inputs during project design and implementation, including identification of supply and demand, and recommendation on suitable action to address such issues;
  • Provide guidance on advancing policy, stand-alone technical assistance aimed at building capacity, management of available resources and operation and maintenance including network management, strengthening urban planning and development through project investment, and institutional reforms related to wastewater or solid waste management for urban areas;
  • Support regional departments as a mission/project member in preparing wastewater or solid waste management projects and advise governments on improving urban environmental management based on regional and local resources and Data Analytics on wastewater or solid waste management support infrastructure;
  • Facilitate collaboration with sector and thematic groups and regional departments on relevant wastewater or solid waste management;
  • Conduct development of knowledge products and services for innovative practices and technologies on wastewater or solid waste management;
  • Lead the organization and implementation of knowledge sharing events and workshops on specialized topics on wastewater or solid waste management; and
Prepare presentations and other briefs for use in meetings related to the trust fund, including the annual consultation meeting with financing partners, and other management support requested.

Qualifications Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Civil Engineering or relevant fields. Alternatively, university degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, or related fields combined with additional relevant professional experience can be considered;
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant international professional work experience;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required;
  • Able to undertake background research and Analysis on difficult but well-defined tasks; collect and organize required data and information; apply appropriate computer skills in analyzing and developing the data; and prepare notes, papers, and sections of reports
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding of the interactions between different ADB work areas and relevant workflows and their purposes;
  • Possesses good analytical thinking with ability to make simple causal links, pro-and-con lists, and analyses to reach a decision; and set priorities for tasks in order of importance
  • Able to coordinate and work effectively with staff within own work location and can work collaboratively with teams; and
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS5.
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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