Deadline: 05 February, 2022

Location: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is seeking to fill the role of Principal/Senior Fragility and Resilience Officer.

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


  • Under the operationalisation of the bank’s strategy for addressing fragility and building resilience, prepare and undertake Fragility Assessments (FA) based on the Country Resilience Fragility Assessment (CRFA) tool with a view to mainstreaming the bank’s operational approach for tackling fragility, its fragility analytical tools, its financing instruments, as well as the fragility lens application
  • In coordination with appropriate bank authorities, develop a clear and practical roadmaps to foster dialogue with RMCs on drivers of fragility
  • Work with regional economic communities (REC) and international development partners, as well as peacebuilding and humanitarian actors for the development of joint collaboration platforms for exchange of experiences and information-sharing on issues, dynamics and best practices around the African fragility agenda
  • Contribute to the preparation and the peer-reviewing of RDTS analytical products, including regional and national Full-fledged Fragility Assessments (FFAs), the annual Country Resilience and Fragility Assessment (CRFA) report, economic and sector work (ESW) studies, as well as briefing notes as relevant to facilitating informed interventions in addressing fragility
  • Contribute to RDTS team’s efforts for institutionalising and applying the fragility lens through an appropriate mainstreaming of fragility considerations in the bank’s strategies and operations
  • In close collaboration with key bank sectoral and operational departments/units, including regional delivery hubs and country offices, participate in the preparation, peer-review, and readiness review processes of the country diagnostic notes (CDNs), regional diagnostic notes (RDNs), country strategy papers (CSPs), regional integration strategy papers (RISPs), project concept notes (PCNs), and project appraisal reports (PARs) to ensure fragility is mainstreamed into bank operations
  • Develop approaches for integrating fragility assessments more effectively in the bank’s lending and non-lending activities
  • Provide technical inputs to improve portfolio management in order to enhance project performance
  • Support the institutionalisation of the fragility lens application through the development of internal sensitisation for the benefit of bank operational, sectorial, and corporate  staff
  • Participate in the bank’s departmental and inter-departmental working groups and provide technical inputs that help the understanding and mainstreaming of fragility issues and approaches in the design, validation and implementation of bank interventions in countries facing fragile situations
  • Devise innovative and sustainable national and regional inclusive approaches to dealing with fragility
  • Contribute to preparing key documents for resource mobilisation, especially for the transition support facility (TSF) during the replenishment and mid-term review discussions of the African Development Fund (ADF) in close coordination with relevant bank units
  • Undertake any other assignments and tasks as may be assigned


  • Master’s degree in Economics, Political Science, Social Sciences, International Relations, Human Resources Management, Organisational Development, Business Administration or a related discipline
  • Six years, minimum, of relevant experience as a principal fragility and resilience officer, and five years of relevant experience as a senior fragility and resilience officer, in economic research, peace and state building, social cohesion, public-private dialogue, management consulting and strong experience in developing and delivering programmes in fragility
  • Experience in assessing, designing, developing, delivering and evaluating programmes, projects and interventions
  • Solid understanding of fragility issues, dynamics and complexities and experience in designing and delivering mitigation measures
  • Creativity and innovation in dealing with the rapidly changing landscape of fragility across the world and across Africa
  • Good planning, organisation and interpersonal skills
  • Strong familiarity with the bank’s operations, procedures and policies, and deep knowledge of macroeconomic, economic policy and development issues in RMCs
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and manage time effectively
  • Ability to drive training programmes, mobilise resource persons, apply innovative approaches, work independently and apply new methods to solve problems, while remaining efficient in a fast-paced, changing and challenging institutional environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work across institutional boundaries within multi-sectoral teams in a productive way
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French
  • Competence in the use of Microsoft Office software and familiarity with SAP

To apply and for more information, click here.

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