Principal Secretariat Specialist

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Asian Development Bank




As the Principal Secretariat Specialist, you will be responsible in ensuring the delivery and completion of the 2012 ADB Accountability Mechanism Policy review. You will provide comprehensive support to the Joint Board and Management Working Group (“Working Group”) in carrying out its responsibilities to ensure the efficient and effective operations of the Working Group.

You will:

Business Process Management

  • Develop a rolling action plan and provide strategic advice on ADB’s policy review processes.
  • Support the Working Group in day-to-day functions, including meeting preparation and documentation, missions and project site visits, and coordination with external experts.
  • Investigate best practices in accountability mechanisms, analyze experiences with 2012 ADB Accountability Mechanism Policy, and present relevant data to the Working Group to inform decision-making.
  • Draft documents throughout the review process, such as consultation papers, working papers, and recommendation papers.
  • Prepare the Operations Manual following the adoption of the new Accountability Mechanism Policy.

Stakeholder Engagement and Internal Consultations

  • Develop a stakeholder engagement plan.
  • Support stakeholder consultations involving diverse parties, such as project-affected people, project beneficiaries, governments, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, development partners, the private sector, academia, think tanks, peer institutions, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Organize sessions to gather input from various perspectives and respond to stakeholder feedback and manage correspondences.
  • Engage internally with ADB’s Board, Management, and staff and coordinate with relevant teams, including those reviewing ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).

Communications, Information Sharing, and Policy Dissemination

  • Develop and execute a communication plan in coordination with ADB’s Department of Communication and Knowledge Management.
  • Establish and maintain the ADB Accountability Policy Review web page and manage social media channels.
  • Organize workshops or sessions to enhance understanding of accountability mechanisms and related policies.
  • Assist in disseminating the new Accountability Mechanism Policy after approval.


You will need:

  • Master’s degree in economics, business management or related fields. Alternatively, a university degree in related fields combined with additional relevant professional experience can be considered.
  • At least 12 years of relevant professional experience with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the operations, policies, and procedures of multilateral development banks and financing institutions.
  • Strong work performance and track record.
  • Rich experience in both leading and supporting teams.
  • Proficiency in coordination and planning responsibilities over multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills, ability for collaboration and team approach, and strong client and impact orientation.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and solution-oriented approaches.
  • Strong motivation and ability to deliver results and produce high quality outputs in a timely manner.
  • High degree of responsiveness and reliability.
  • Ability to lead and coach junior colleagues to develop their capabilities and potential.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.





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