Director, Infrastructure, Cities and Urban Development

Full Time
Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Posted 1 month ago


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About African Development Bank

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy (2013-2022) or its successor, and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely, Light up and Power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa. The Bank is seeking to build a management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.

The Role

The Director is responsible for providing leadership in Infrastructure, Cities and Urban Development. You provide guidance to the development and execution of Bank’s strategies, frameworks and action plans in these areas to support the implementation of the High Five Strategies. The incumbent drives the implementation of the Bank infrastructure agenda through four Divisions at Headquarters, namely (1) Transport and Logistics (2) Urban Development (3) Infrastructure Partnerships (4) Transport NSO, and five (5) regional infrastructure divisions in the Regions.

You will develop sector strategies and support their roll-out and execution at country or regional level, provides sector expertise on transport infrastructure (roads, ports, airports, railways, waterways, etc.), including cross-border transport infrastructure, logistics, Public Private Sector Partnership, Urban and Cities development, Private Sector financing, project preparation, etc. The Director will provide thought leadership in these sectors within the Bank and also in engagement with external stakeholders.

The incumbent will provide deep sector expertise and engage experts who can be consulted by the regions to drive the delivery of the Bank’s business and its future prospective areas of intervention in the sector. The Incumbent will have the responsibility to help strengthen and maintain the Bank’s understanding of the Infrastructure, Cities and Urban Development sector and its role in the development of the continent.

Key Functions

Infrastructure, Cities and Urban Development Strategies:


  • Lead the development and the implementation of the Bank’s Transport Infrastructure and urban development strategies, frameworks and actions plans;
  • Ensure the appropriate implementation of the strategy through communication and advise to all relevant stakeholders in the Bank, particularly operations functions, and define a monitoring framework;
  • Identify and develop any necessary policies to underpin the strategy;
  • Consult as necessary with external partners and Regional and non-Regional Member countries on the form and efficacy of the strategy;
  • Provide technical assistance to RMCs for the formulation and implementation of infrastructure policies and strategies sector reforms, and the development of vibrant infrastructure markets


  • Provide strategic, policy and operational guidance towards the successful implementation of Bank operations, in support to regional and country office.
  • Develop and provide sector guidance and best practices;
  • Coordinate the origination and financial structuring of transport, logistics and urban development projects in RMCs in collaboration with operations staff based in the region and ensuring the optimum use of all the Bank’s financing instruments;
  • Providing deep sector expertise and leadership to the Regions on complex transactions and promoting the private sector in ensuring that it plays a central role in infrastructure and maintenance provision in our Regions;
  • Fostering partnerships with international and regional institutions, both public and private while mobilizing resources for projects preparation and co-financing.


  • Generate and maintain effective partnerships with key stakeholders to ensure Worldwide expertise to support the development goals of the Bank and the continent.
  • Devise the Bank’s contribution to key Infrastructure themes such as inclusive approach on Infrastructure Development;
  • Coordinate and Lead work alongside key partners, such as other MDBs and the World Economic Forum to design Infrastructure -based programs and solutions for the economic and social infrastructure development of Africa;
  • Publish major Economic Sector Works and on Infrastructure, taking into account the comparative advantage that the Bank can bring to bear to any specific subject or theme.
  • Convene associated workshops/conference/forum and media events to solidify the learning across Africa.


  • Advise the President and the Vice-President on Transport and Urban development related issues in terms of Strategy, Policy and Operations;
  • Represent the Bank at International, regional and national conferences and workshops on Infrastructure Development;
  • Provide cutting edge advice on infrastructure investments to foster public and private partnerships and the use of all the Bank’s financing instruments.
  • Management
  • Manage the Directorate with the support of Division Managers at HQ and in the regions to meet demanding KPIs;
  • Develop and safeguard the Bank’s brand as a source of Infrastructure knowledge for Africa by detailing the quality of output expected from the Directorate and ensuring that it is attained;
  • Manage the administrative budget for the Directorate.

Skills, Experience and Knowledge

  • At least a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Transport Engineering, Transport Economics, Economics, or related discipline with solid infrastructure background.
  • Have a minimum of ten (10) years of extensive and progressive experience at increasingly senior levels in the infrastructure sector, Multi-lateral Financial Institutions, with proven experience in developing countries, five (5) years of which must be at a managerial level.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead sector dialogue with proven experience in providing quality policy and project advice at high levels to national governments on infrastructure issues.
  • Strategic mindset; strong capacity to analyze actions from the perspectives of stakeholders and translate strategic thinking into compelling plans of reaction and to take prudent business risks to make effective, timely, and well-thought decisions;
  • Evidence of ability to build and lead motivated and committed teams across functional boundaries and utilize talent and expertise of team members in a productive way.
  • Demonstrated ability to present and win support for ideas; a good listener; and cultural sensitivity, commitment to diversity and capacity to initiate and manage innovations and change.
  • Good knowledge of financing instruments and options.
  • Communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications and preferably, SAP.

Job Features

Job CategoryNafeesa, NGO, Prisca, Suzie Li
LocationAbidjan, Cote D’Ivoire
Closing Date9th August 2022
ComplexPrivate Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialisation
Reporting LineVice President Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialisation
Info on the positionThis position is classified international status and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.

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Job Features

Job CategoryNafeesa, NGO, Prisca, Suzie Li
LocationAbidjan, Cote D’Ivoire
Closing Date9th August 2022
ComplexPrivate Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialisation
Reporting LineVice President Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialisation
Info on the positionThis position is classified international status and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.

Apply Online

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