Job: Principal Industrial Policy Officer at the African Development Bank – AfDB

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Extension number: 50066478
Location: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Position classification: PL3

The complex

  • The Vice Presidency for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization is central to the Bank‘s mission of developing the private sector, improving infrastructure and accelerating industrialization.
  • The main complex functions are to strengthen the enabling environment for private sector development (including the financial sector) conducive to inclusive growth and sustainable development, to support the development of reliable and sustainable infrastructure, including cities and urban development and a renewed emphasis on industry and commerce. performance in support of structural transformation across Africa.
  • The Complex leverages knowledge, co-financing and partnerships to attract private capital and work with governments to deliver the Bank’s development agenda.

The hiring department and division

  • The role of the Bank’s Industrial and Commercial Development Department is to promote the implementation of the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy and HI 5 initiatives with particular emphasis on Africa’s Industrialization Strategy.
  • The Department leads the Bank’s activities in the area of ​​industrial policies, ICT, trade and investment climate and private sector investments in industry and services.
  • In line with the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy and in line with the Bank’s Industrialization Strategy for Africa, the Industrial Development Division leads the Bank’s interventions through the implementation of priority programs to scale up and accelerate the transformation industry in Africa.
  • Through strategic partnerships with other co-financiers, the private sector, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union (AUC) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the Division actively seeks to assist governments in adjusting their national industrial policies, identifying potential sectors for industrial development and investment, and providing development support value chain, advice and technical assistance as well as operational support through sector expertise to the operational teams of the regional centres.
  • This will cover operations, advice and technical assistance concerning industrial clusters, investments in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and linkage projects, technical assistance for projects targeting public-private partnerships and special initiatives and activities dedicated to the promotion of strategic partnerships. In addition, the Division works to facilitate dialogue between the state and the private sector to foster coordination among all industrialization actors.

The position

  • The Chief Industrial Policy Officer will assume a leadership role and ensure the technical soundness of the Bank’s lending and non-lending activities in the industrial sector, in line with the Bank’s industrialization strategy.
  • S/he will provide in-depth technical and sector expertise to ensure that the Bank effectively supports Regional Member Countries (RMCs) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in their efforts to restructure their economies and accelerate industrial transformation to enhance the productivity.
  • The incumbent is responsible for providing advice and developing technical assistance and lending operations to governments, institutions and regulatory bodies in the areas of private sector and industrial development, in relation to the industrialization strategy of the bank.
  • He/she will forge and lead strategic partnerships with international organizations and development financiers active in industrial development.

Key functions
Under the general direction and direct supervision of the Director of the Industrial Development Division (PITD1), the incumbent will carry out the following tasks:

  • Coordinate/lead the identification, development and implementation of complex sovereign operations on industrial development, including investment projects, results-based financing operations, budget/programme support operations and institutional support projects at national and regional levels. Provide expertise and guidance to ensure better management of projects facing implementation issues.
  • Ensure the quality at entry of industrialization operations, in particular by ensuring that the main technical, financial and cross-cutting issues are integrated into the projects to guarantee the expected impact and results
  • Lead technical and advisory support to RMC and REC governments in promoting and driving competitive, market-responsive and private sector-led industrialization of economies, aimed at enhancing the participation of RMC economies in value chains as suppliers of higher value intermediate and final products.
  • Mobilize resources to carry out non-lending technical assistance activities
  • Coordinate/work with regional delivery units and other divisions in the implementation of the Industrialization Strategy for Africa, focusing on flagship programs; fostering successful industrial policies, promoting and stimulating business development, promoting strategic partnerships and helping governments develop effective industrial clusters across Africa.
  • Coordinate and/or collaborate with other Bank entities, often in a leadership role, in the preparation and review of policies, briefs, strategies and various economic and sector work and reports on industrialization issues .
  • Coordinate inputs and provide technical inputs on industrialization in the preparation and implementation of Country Diagnostic Notes (CDNs), Country Strategy Papers (CSPs) and Regional Integration Strategy Papers (RISPs) ).
  • Participate in relevant national and regional teams for planning and programming purposes.
  • Lead partnerships and maintain strong relationships with clients, other co-financiers such as the World Bank and European Union, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to develop joint operations and initiatives.
  • Participate and contribute to advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building activities related to AfDB investments/operations, products and initiatives.

Skills (skills, experience and knowledge)

  • Hold at least a master’s degree in economics, public policy, industrial policy, international trade, business administration or related fields.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience in a similar institution and/or solid experience in industrial development;
  • Solid understanding of Africa’s industrial structure coupled with hands-on experience in high-level policy dialogue.
  • Ability to develop new business, structure and negotiate transactions;
  • Demonstrate ability to coordinate, participate in, and act as a catalyst for policy dialogues within sector networks, across the country, between Bank colleagues and other development institutions, governments, and other organizations.
  • Proven ability to work with limited supervision and to deliver effectively under pressure and to tight deadlines;
  • Experience with multilateral development institutions in developing countries is highly desirable;
  • Experience in developing countries is highly desirable
  • Demonstrate skills in negotiation and consensus building, communication and problem solving;
  • Demonstrate customer orientation, be able to work in a team and maintain good relationships;
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, with a working knowledge of the other;
  • Competence in the use of standard Bank software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Knowledge of SAP is desirable.


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