Director, Regional Integration, RDRI at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – 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 80 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Director, Regional Integration, RDRI

Reference: ADB/21/001
Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Grade: EL5
Position N°: 50092552

The Complex

  • Within the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex (RDVP), the Bank has five (5) Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Directorates, one in each region of Africa: North, South, East, West, and Central. The Complex also includes a dedicated directorate for Nigeria, a department for Transition States, and a department for Regional Integration.
  • The regional development and regional integration department (RDRI) is the custodian of the Bank’s regional integration agenda as defined in the Integrate Africa High5 and the Regional Integration Strategic Framework (RISF). Integrate Africa and the RISF are ambitious initiatives aimed at accelerating the free flow of goods, services, people and capital in Africa.
  • The strategies are underpinned by investments in regional infrastructure especially energy, transport, water and information and communications technology (ICT).

The Hiring Department:

  • The Regional Development and Integration Department (RDRI) provides strategic direction for the Integrate Africa and RISF work streams. The department leads the design of regional integration (RI) related strategic instruments, supports regional programming through the design of Regional Integration Strategy Papers and drives RI mainstreaming in Bank strategies and operations.
  • RDRI also manages the Regional Operations Envelope; a dedicated set-aside of the African Development Fund (ADF) for regional operations in low-income countries. The department monitors the performance of the Bank’s multinational operations portfolio in order to generate lessons learned that influence the design of future regional operations.
  • RDRI also pioneers the design, publication and maintenance of flagship analytical products and advocacy tools such as the Africa Visa Openness Index(link is external) and the Regional Integration Index(link is external) and leads the dialogue with the African Union Commission, the Regional Economic Communities and development partners operating in the regional integration space.

The Position

  • The position of Director RDRI reports to the VP RDVP. The position is key to the attainment of the Bank’s Integrate Africa agenda.
  • The Director is responsible for all aspects of planning and execution of the activities of the department. The incumbent is accountable for performing the responsibilities, modelling the behaviors and maintaining the technical and managerial competencies (listed below) in his or her capacity as Director in the RDVP Complex. Accountability means being responsible for managing quality, risks, results, institutional initiatives and compliance with Bank policies and procedures, and keeping the Department at the forefront through needed upgrades and innovation.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general guidance and supervision of the Vice President, Regional Development, Integration, & Business Delivery, the Director, Regional Development and Integration Department will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

Business Responsibility:

  • Supervises the design and Bank-wide monitoring of RI-related strategic instruments such as the Regional Integration Strategic Framework (RISF);
  • Designs systems and approaches to mainstream regional integration in Bank operations as well as programming instruments such as the regional integration strategy papers and the country strategy papers;
  • Ensures efficient administration and scaling of the ADF regional operations (RO) envelope as well as regular reporting of the impacts of the envelope during ADF mid-term reviews and ADF replenishments;
  • Establishes reporting mechanisms, frameworks and executive-level dashboards to provide actionable insights to Senior Management on the performance of the Bank’s regional integration project portfolio;
  • Supervises the design, implementation and maintenance of flagship knowledge and analytical products that are operationally relevant, help drive policy reforms at regional and continental levels and cement the Bank’s position as a knowledge-broker on regional integration;
  • Initiates, builds, nurtures and strengthens existing partnerships and coalitions within and outside the Bank, including with the private sector, the African Union Commission, the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the Economic Commission for Africa, and other development partners operating in the RI space.
  • Performs high-level engagement and dialogue with Diplomatic personnel and Senior Government Officials to further the interest and mandate of the ADB.

Resource Responsibility:

  • Leads the effective implementation of the Department’s workstreams. Manages the Department’s personnel with appropriate delegation of authority in order to ensure that the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set for the department and the Bank are met;
  • Leads the strategic planning for the human capital requirements of the Department, including performance appraisal of work undertaken, appraisal of staff potential, and determination of training and development needs;
  • Supervises the effective delivery of the Department’s budget and ensures timely submission of periodic reports in accordance with the Bank’s budget management regulations;
  • Initiates necessary corrective actions to address all audit findings successfully, and to prevent any repeat thereof.

Selection Criteria

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Economics, International Relations / Trade, Law, Social or any other related international development fields.
  • A Masters’ Degree plus Completed Course in Leadership and or Project Management Certification is desirable;
  • A minimum of 10 years of extensive and in-depth experience in hard and soft regional integration issues with at least five (5) years’ experience at managerial level or in a leadership role;
  • Experienced obtained from a similar international development institution is desirable;

Behavioural Competencies:

  • First-rate interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to present and win support for ideas; a good listener; cultural sensitivity; commitment to diversity; capacity to initiate and manage innovations and change;
  • Ability to build partnership with a broad range of clients and deliver results that meet the needs and long-term interests of clients within and outside the institution;
  • Strong capacity to analyse actions from the perspectives of stakeholders, and to translate strategic thinking into compelling action plans;
  • Demonstrated ability to take prudent business risks and make effective, timely and well-determined decisions.

Managerial / Leadership Competencies:

  • Provides thought leadership to encourage innovation, and raises awareness of the Department as a centre of excellence in regional integration;
  • Exhibits ability to build and lead motivated and committed multidisciplinary teams of experts across functional boundaries, and to effectively and productively utilize talent and expertise of team members;
  • Demonstrates ability to present and win support for ideas;
  • Leads and motivates teams with a focus on client orientation, results, strong cross-unit coordination and problem solving;
  • Develops strong managerial and technical talent and actively engages in strategic staff planning and succession planning with appropriate delegation;
  • Models integrity and inclusion, and offers mentoring and career development opportunities for staff;
  • Sets direction and requirements for, and participates actively in the recruitment, on-boarding and training of staff.


  • Good knowledge of and experience in project management, development and regional integration issues;
  • Competence in the use of Bank standard software applications (SAP, Microsoft Office, Collaboration Suites);
  • People Management: engage staff regularly, and manage direct reports to obtain maximum output;
  • Operational Effectiveness: commitment to ensure that full use is made of the systems, procedures and culture of the organization to deliver required results;
  • Innovation and Creativity: commitment to search for and produce innovative and creative approaches to activities to enhance performance and create added benefits to the Bank and its clients;
  • Problem Solving: applies business knowledge to the resolution of problems, and identifies solutions to the benefit of the client (internal and external) and the organization;
  • Professional Expertise: continuously expands understanding of relevant business products, practices and systems / technology, and actively shares knowledge and expertise with others;
  • Client Orientation: ensures that clients (internal or external) are prioritized; strives to understand, and when appropriate, anticipate client needs; ensures the client receives the best possible service from the Bank;
  • Persuasion Skills: the ability to “sell” an idea to solicit support for co-financing into a project or to generate new business for the Bank.

Application Closing Date
5th February, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Important Information & Notice

  • This position is classified international status and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.
  • Should you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the issue and / or a screenshot showing the problem to HR Direct via: HRDirect@AFDB.ORG
  • To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.
  • Applicants who fully meet the Bank’s requirements and are considered for interview will be contacted. Only online applications submitted with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the required degrees will be considered. The President, AfDB, reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) does not ask for payments of any kind from applicants throughout the recruitment process (job application, CV review, interview meeting, and final processing of applications). In addition, the Bank does not request information on applicants’ bank accounts. The African Development Bank Group declines all responsibility for the fraudulent publications of job offers in its name or, in general, for the fraudulent use of its name in any way whatsoever.
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