African Development Bank Jobs: Regional Financial Mgt Coordinator

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15 Apr, 2011

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continent’s economic and social development. With this objective in mind, the institution aims at assisting African countries – individually and collectively – in their efforts to achieve sustainable economic development and social progress. Combating poverty is at the heart of the continent’s efforts to attain sustainable economic growth. To this end, the Bank seeks to stimulate and mobilize internal and external resources to promote investments as well as provide its regional member countries with technical and financial assistance.

The institution’s greatest assets are its human resources which come from a wide geographic area. The Bank is an equal opportunity employer and firmly believes that recruitment from a wide geographical and cultural spectrum enriches the institution with varied talents, experiences and skills that will enhance the quality of human resources management and ultimately the realization of the Bank’s mission of reducing poverty across the continent.

In accordance with its policy of decentralization aimed at taking its operations closer to its beneficiaries, the Bank has, over the past few years, established about 23 field and country offices across the continent.

  • Job Position title: Principal Regional Financial Management Coordinator (West African Region Anglophone)
  • Grade: PL-4
  • Position N°: NA
  • Reference: ADB/11/043
  • Publication date: 12/04/2011
  • Closing date: 06/05/2011


The Procurement and Fiduciary Services Department reports to the Vice President, Country and Regional Programs & Policy (ORVP). The Department supports the Sector Departments in project cycle activities and in monitoring compliance in fiduciary safeguards related to the financial management of projects and programs on the one hand and procurement activities on the other. In addition, it is also responsible for engaging in framing financial management and procurement policies guidelines and rules. The Department is also mandated to provide training to Borrowers and to Bank staff relating to financial management and procurement. The Fiduciary Services Division (ORPF2) is responsible for all financial management issues. It has an increasing country presence through a growing network of 26 field offices.

Duties and responsibilities

The Regional Financial Management Coordinator (RFMC) will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and will report to the Manager, Fiduciary Services. He/she is expected to lead a team of Country Office based Financial Management Specialists (CFMS) within the West Africa Region (Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia Gambia) in conducting (i) national or sector level fiduciary diagnostic work; (ii) operational support missions at the request of Project Team Leaders (PTL) throughout the project cycle; and (iii) technical support to improve borrowers’ financial management systems, including support for designing lending operations that focus on FM reform/development. Other specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Plan and prioritize FM work for the entire region (Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia Gambia) and communicate the same to PTLs, Country Managers and the Fiduciary Services Manager
  • Take proactive role ensuring “Quality at Entry Work” through supervision of CFMSs in assessing the adequacy of the Borrowers’ project financial management systems and ensuring consistency and quality of FM aspects in project/program documents. The RFMC will also be responsible for selected high-value or particularly complex FM issues
  • Provide technical guidance within the framework of the Bank’s policies and guidelines to PTLs, CFMSs and Executing Agencies with respect to the financial management activities of projects and programs for the region
  • Manage the resolution of complex financial management issues, e.g. in case of differing views between the PTLs and CFMSs and where appropriate through interpretation of related Bank guidelines, international standards, or best practice
  • Provide financial management guidance for the development of technical assistance programs and evaluate and monitor their implementation
  • Carry out the fiduciary aspects of new areas of business and provide relevant information on country specific issues to country units, sector staff and task teams on generic country specific financial management and disbursement issues
  • Supervise, mentor, and coach CFMSs within the region
  • Represent the Bank in regional financial management and other relevant forums

Selection Criteria

Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience

  • A minimum of a professional accounting qualification (such as CPA, CA, ACCA, or equivalent) plus a Master’s Degree or its university equivalent  in accounting, business, finance, economic or related subject
  • A minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience, preferably with a donor organization working on public sector financial management
  • Knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards, International Public Sector Accounting Standards and International Standards on Auditing is a requirement
  • Experience required in designing and assessing internal control systems and procedures using internationally accepted control frameworks such as COSO with the ability to assess such systems and recommend remedial action where necessary
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, design and monitor the implementation of country or sector level financial management capacity building initiatives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cross-cutting issues beyond financial management (e.g. procurement, governance, public sector management) at sector/country level
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently in the region
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French (with a working-knowledge of the other language)
  • Competence in the use of Bank standard software (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint)

Only applicants who fully meet the Bank’s requirements and are being considered for interview will be contacted. Applicants will only be considered if they submit an online application, and attach a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV). The AfDB President reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply here:


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