Deadline: 20 September, 2020

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

African Development Bank (AfDB) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Principal Social Economist

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


  • Manage selected social economic/education/skills development projects and other related human development projects
  • Monitor implementation and performance of approved projects and ensure their execution in accordance with the terms of the financing agreement and bank rules and procedures
  • Initiate and participate in the formulation, preparation, appraisal, negotiations, follow-up, launching, supervision and post-evaluation missions
  • Ensure inclusion of all socio-economic aspects in projects, assessing their socio-economic impact and monitoring their implementation
  • Lead social and/or human development sector identification and development of the pipeline and lending programme for the country in respect to social protection, skills, jobs and human capital in general
  • Review project and technical documents from the department and other operational departments and provide technical guidance and advice regarding gender mainstreaming, inclusion of skills, jobs and human development in general
  • Conduct technical, sectorial studies and analysis in preparation of bank group lending for social protection, education and skills for human capital development in the productive sectors
  • Contribute to the preparation of Country Strategy Papers and Portfolio Review reports, with emphasis on education and skills development for employability and gender equality
  • Lead in the development of strategic partnerships (including public private partnerships with the productive sectors) in education around the core areas of TVET, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), STI and the leveraging of digital technology
  • Master’s degree or its equivalent in Education, Development Economics, Sociology, Labour Economics, Social Sciences, or a related field
  • Six years, minimum, of experience in education, development economics, development finance and implementation of human capital development sector policies
  • Experience in project cycle management (identification, preparation, appraisal, supervision and completion)
  • Ability to understand complex problems in education, gender and human development, social development, to identify key issues and recommend pragmatic solutions
  • Knowledge of the social development, education and skills development system, and human development issues in the country
  • Knowledge of analysis and formulation of policies in sectors
  • Knowledge of the practices of major bilateral and multilateral agencies, development partners in the country will be an asset
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate a spirit of creativity and initiative
  • Ability to deliver high quality work within very tight deadlines
  • Knowledge of bank standard software applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Nationality of Rwanda

To apply and for more information, click here.

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