Team Assistant, AHAI.1 at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

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Job Title: Team Assistant, AHAI.1

Reference: ADB/21/068
Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Grade: GS5
Position N°: 50001018

The Complex

  • The Vice-Presidency for ‘Agriculture, Human, and Social Development’ is a Sector Complex focusing on two of the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy High 5s priority of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”.
  • The complex objectives are (i) to develop, policy and strategy; (ii) provide deep sector expertise to the Regions by gathering pools of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide sector expertise on complex transactions; (iii) develop new financing instruments; (iv) the Vice President will act as the spokesperson to represent the Bank with external stakeholders on aspects of “Feed Africa” and Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”.

The Hiring Department/Division:

  • The Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department provides support for the delivery of Feed Africa: Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa, 2016-2025.
  • The strategy aims to end hunger and rural poverty in the next decade through self-sufficiency in 18 priority commodity value chains specific to the continent’s agro-ecological zones.
  • Realizing the objectives set forth in the strategy requires increased productivity; value addition/processing; investment in infrastructure; an enabling agribusiness environment; capital flows; and inclusivity, sustainability and effective nutrition.
  • The Department Supports the effort to transform African agricultural systems for greater competitiveness, inclusivity and sustainability, and for enhanced job creation and poverty reduction.

The Position

  • Under the general supervision of the Division Manager of AHAI.1, the Team Assistant will play an administrative supportive role in the coordination and delivery of the unit.
  • He/She will lead on the establishment and maintenance of all information management systems and databases (e.g. SAP) to enable the effective result-based management.  He/She will generate information and reports to inform on the progress, achievements and outcomes of the AHAI.1 funded projects and the AHAI.
  • He/She will oversee the smooth operation of the offices’ support work and related systems by assuming responsibility for the organisation and coordination of workflow as well as reviewing, processing and executing a variety of accounting and resource management transactions. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Manager, Agribusiness Development Division (AHAI.1), the Team Assistant is responsible for:

Office Administration:

  • Organize (including generation of virtual meeting links etc) and attend to multiple meetings, appointments and events to ensure that responsible management are well prepared.
  • Arrange travel, visa and accommodation; travel occasionally with management to provide general assistance.
  • Initiate and prepare various administrative documents and forms, such as staff list, staff travels, staff absence (annual leave, home leave, excused absence and maternity leave) as well as statistical data when required on staff.
  • Create contracts for hiring consultants in DACON.

Workflow management:

  • Devise and maintain efficient office systems.
  • Track and follow up on documents, deal with incoming email, faxes and general mail.

Resources Management:

  • Manage systems; create and process expense reports in SAP.
  • Assist the management in issues concerning resources such as the administrative budget; monitor and review expenses and bring issues to the attention of Manager.
  • Participate in the preparation of the annual and mid-year budget review by inputting data and the monitoring thereof.

Analytical Work:

  • Produce documents, briefing papers, reports, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Take notes at meetings, write and finalize letters, and prepare minutes as requested.
  • Assist where applicable with the programming of operational activities by using the appropriate software, entering project information and producing the Department’s various status reports i.e. CSPs, Active Projects, Portfolio Reviews, etc.

Problem Solving:

  • Respond to inquiries on operational matters from Bank Executives; liaise with member countries and other staff; coordinate with other members of management and partners; work with other operations assistants, secretaries and groups in different locations.
  • Carry out background research in field of competence and present in a logical manner.
  • Perform any other duties reasonably requested by management.

Selection Criteria

  • Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Commerce, Administration or related discipline, preferably supplemented with courses in secretarial training/administration/office management (BTS or DUT).
  • Have a minimum of quatre (4) years of professional work experience in project management, work programme and budget preparation, and information management.
  • Good understanding of the functions, organization and procedures of the Bank; leadership; strong research capabilities and problem solving;
  • Knowledge of secretarial and administrative duties.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritization in its own program of work, ability to perform the tasks in a timely and effective manner;
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multicultural environment;
  • Excellent Communication Skills. ability to communicate orally and in writing effectively in French and/or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint,
  • SAP and/or other integrated document management system).

Application Closing Date
4th June, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Important Information and Notice

  • This position is classified as international recruitment and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.
  • Should you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the issue and/or a screenshot showing the problem to HR Direct via: [email protected]
  • To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.
  • Applicants who fully meet the Bank’s requirements and are considered for interview will be contacted. Only online applications submitted with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the required degrees will be considered. The President, AfDB, reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) does not ask for payments of any kind from applicants throughout the recruitment process (job application, CV review, interview meeting, and final processing of applications). In addition, the Bank does not request information on applicants’ bank accounts. The African Development Bank Group declines all responsibility for the fraudulent publications of job offers in its name or, in general, for the fraudulent use of its name in any way whatsoever.
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