Deadline: 25 March, 2021

Location: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

African Development Bank (AfDB) is seeking to fill the role of Principal Civil Engineer.

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


  • Serve as a subject matter expert on all matters relating to the bank’s real estate infrastructure (buildings, land, offices, residences, etc.) at headquarters and in the country offices
  • Provide expertise on innovative concepts of new facility requirements, project development and financing
  • Participate in the development of the bank’s investment programmes in terms of real-estate infrastructure (buildings, premises and office space, residences, etc.) and the management of the related investment and operating budgets
  • Plan and coordinate construction projects for buildings and civil engineering works, improvement and renovation of the bank’s real-estate assets
  • Initiate and coordinate studies prior to the execution of work and services necessary to improve buildings and installations
  • Oversee the preparation and drafting of technical dossier to recruit consultants (individuals and consulting firms), construction companies and services in the field of construction and civil engineering
  • Develop standard specifications and terms of reference to procure and maintain workspaces and residences in the bank’s country offices
  • Participate in the implementation of internal procedures to monitor and inspect new works and maintenance services in order to meet the bank’s objectives
  • Participate, in liaison with the coordination unit of the country offices, in implementing the installation of the country offices including identifying spaces for rent
  • Design and apply innovative approaches
  • Keep abreast of developments in construction and civil engineering techniques and standards and make recommendations for submission to the division manager


  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architectural or Public Works (training in the bank’s rules and procedures for the procurement of works, goods and services will be a plus)
  • Six years, minimum, of relevant experience in construction and operating real-estate infrastructure in an international setting and five years in engineering consultancy, construction or building maintenance services
  • Thorough knowledge of building infrastructure and engineering systems, building codes, and other laws and regulations pertaining building operations and maintenance
  • Knowledge of sustainability principles in facility management
  • Knowledge of civil engineering techniques, characteristics of building construction, road paving and sanitation network materials
  • Ability to effectively plan and efficiently manage multiple and/or complex projects and operational issues under minimum supervision
  • Practical experience in managing building systems, with ability to inspect and, if necessary, train relevant staff for proper operation upkeep and general maintenance of installations
  • Ability to prepare work programmes including resources and budget requirement for yearly budget planning
  • Ability to handle facility-related budget planning and management, including monitoring cost accounting and identifying unplanned activities or deviations from schedule or budget
  • Ability to supervise the work programme implementation, including contracts monitoring required by the bank
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills to effectively manage outsourced building facility staff and other teams to deliver integrated services
  • Propose initiatives promoting high environmental quality and minimising the operating and maintenance costs of bank buildings at headquarters and workspaces in the country offices
  • Ability to maintain systematic documentation of contract administration, operations and cost records to facilitate periodic contract audits by auditors
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English or French
  • Proficiency in the use of standard Microsoft software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) essential
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD (or equivalent) and SAP will be a plus

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