Apply: AfDB Lead Strategy Advisor

Deadline: 13 March, 2021

Location: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

African Development Bank (AfDB) is seeking to fill the role of Lead Strategy Advisor.

AfDB’s mission is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries (RMCs).


  • Provide guidance and quality control in the preparation and the review of the planning and strategy documents
  • Identify emerging international issues, anticipate development finance trends, and provide advice on the bank’s response to emerging international issues
  • Coordinate the bank’s participation in the work streams of the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and Regional Development Banks (RDBs), and (co-)represent the bank in the working groups, including key strategy meetings
  • Establish effective partnerships with internal, external customers and stakeholders, using a range of communication and facilitation skills towards new initiatives and business improvements
  • Coordinate the bank’s relationships with other multilateral development banks, international organisations, and bilateral agencies at institutional level and strategy matters
  • Provide analytical input and strategic advice for the bank’s resource mobilisation efforts
  • Support the HR and performance management of the department, including recruitment, goal setting, learning, feedback, staff performance reviews, performance improvement plans, documentation and record keeping
  • Work closely with the director and the division manager as a member of the departmental management team
  • Represent the director and department at internal and external forums as required


  • Master’s degree or its equivalent (PhD will be a plus) in Economics, Macroeconomics or Development Economics, Finance, Strategic Management, Engineering, or a related field and a broad knowledge of development issues gained through advanced study or work experience
  • Eight years, minimum, of relevant experience in multilateral financial institutions
  • Proven combination of hands-on operational experience with strong analytical skills
  • Good understanding of development economics and specificities of regional member countries
  • Proven exposure to high-level policy development, negotiation, and debate forums
  • Private sector experience will be a plus
  • Authoritative understanding of principles and concepts of strategic planning, global development policy debates and major development issues
  • Excellent knowledge of the  bank or other similar intuitions’ strategy process and products
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, financial analysis report writing and reviews
  • Demonstrated experience in impact and scenario analysis
  • Ability to provide technical leadership to develop clear goals consistent with agreed strategies
  • Capacity to develop and adapt policies, approaches and models to meet emerging system needs and to enhance the continuing accuracy, integrity and accountability of the bank’s financial resources
  • Ability to identify and analyse systemic issues, formulate opinions and make conclusions and recommendations to resolve same
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse organisation, tailoring language, tone, style and format to match audience
  • Ability to think ‘out of the box’ and drive institutional change
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and SAP

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