|Position Level||NS 2|
|Department||Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department|
|Division||Gender Equality Thematic Group|
|Location||Asian Development Bank Headquarters|
|Date Posted||Sunday, March 5, 2023|
|Closing Date||Monday, March 20, 2023 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT)|
ADB has an ongoing organizational review which may result in the change of department/group and/or reporting arrangement(s). By proceeding with your application, you acknowledge and accept the possibility of such changes resulting from the organizational review.
This is a special fixed-term appointment for a period of three (3) years following Section 3.1 (c.) of Administrative Order No. 2.01 (“Recruitment and Appointment’). This appointment is not convertible to a regular appointment. It may be extended on exceptional basis for a further fixed period at the option of ADB. This appointment is open to internal and external applicants.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.
ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.
The position is assigned to the Gender Equality Thematic Group (SDTC-GEN) within the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) and will be strategically placed in the Office of the Director General (EAOD) of the East Asia Department (EARD). SDCC is the focal point for sector and thematic work related to ADB operations in its Developing Member Countries (DMCs). EARD is responsible for maintaining client relations and delivering ADB assistance to countries in the East Asia region. EAOD provides overall coordinating assistance to the EARD Regional Management Team; in terms of development of country strategies and work programs, programming of loan, grant and technical assistance projects, project administration, mobilizing co-financing from external sources for development projects, coordinating knowledge management work, ensuring safeguards compliance of projects, monitoring corporate gender targets for EARD, coordinating with other ADB departments and with external development partners, and overseeing operations of ADB’s resident missions in People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Mongolia as well as 4 sector divisions.
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The Gender Officer will support, monitor, and report on gender equality outcomes in EARD countries. The position will support the processing and administration of loans, grants, and technical assistance in gender; and undertake work in gender to assist PRC and Mongolia in reducing poverty and gender inequality and improving social inclusiveness and accountability. The position will also support gender specialists to carry out gender research and analysis; engage with Governments in policy dialogue and gender capacity development; coordinate closely with development partners on gender issues; and provide inputs to ADB’s activities to support gender equality in projects/programs and technical assistance (TAs) across all sectors.
The incumbent will be strategically placed in EAOD/EARD for an initial period of 3 years and will receive technical guidance and support from designated international staff from EAOD and SDTC-GEN. Designated International Staff from EAOD and the Chief of Gender Equality Thematic Group, SDTC-GEN will provide supervisory inputs to the incumbent’s annual workplan and performance review
A. Strategy and Planning
- Provides technical and analytical support to EARD to contribute to implementation of ADB’s Strategy 2030 Operational Plan for Priority 2: Accelerating Progress in Gender Equality.
- Supports the incorporation of gender equality concerns in the design of projects and programs categorized as Gender Equity theme (GEN), Effective Gender Mainstreaming (EGM) and Some Gender Elements (SGE) through supporting preparation of gender action plans (GAPs), providing inputs to the relevant project preparatory documents and joining project preparation missions as necessary.
- Supports in monitoring implementation of gender actions and progress towards gender targets on a project level and multi-project view. Provides gender and development review and technical support to project implementation teams to enhance project quality and compliance on gender.
- Supports EARD’s and SDCC’s gender teams in the formulation of the Indicative Country Pipeline and Monitoring (ICPM) Report and its updates by: (i) supporting the preparation and/or updating the Country Gender Assessments as necessary; and (ii) providing gender inputs in the formulation of the ICPM, relevant sector roadmaps, mid-term ICPM review and annual updates.
- Supports the team in the development of social development and poverty reduction policy and strategies in consultation with relevant government agencies and conducting dialogue with government officials on social development.
- Updates the EARD processing and implementation databases and provides regular updates on performance against department and corporate targets.
- Helps in developing and administering gender activities financed by TAs, JFPR grants and other non-ADF grants in East Asia region as necessary.
B. Project Monitoring and Evaluation
- Coordinates and provides technical advice and support to relevant government staff in Executing Agencies (EAs), Implementing Agencies (IAs) and project gender consultants/focal points to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of ADB project Gender Action Plans (GAPs).
- Reviews and provides inputs into relevant project documents (e.g., GAPs, gender analysis, survey tools, gender case studies etc.).
- Participates and provides input into loan/grant inception and review missions to monitor progress towards achieving gender and development objectives.
- Reviews and provides inputs to progress monitoring and completion reports including regular project GAP updates; Summary of Gender Equality Results (e.g., Gender Annex to Project Completion Reports (PCRs)) at project completion; and gender inputs to project mission report, including Aide Memoire or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and Back To Office Reports (BTORs). This includes providing technical guidance, substantive comments and edits, especially in the PCRs and their Gender Annex.
- Reviews and tracks the ongoing projects GAPs implementation status and assists GAP implementation progress updates in the EARD gender monitoring system.
- Monitors and ensures implementation of the GAPs in EARD operations. Assists in the preparation of quality GAP monitoring reports.
- Supports identification of issues and coordinates identified actions to address them through interactions with EAs and IAs, contractors, consultants, and project beneficiaries; prepares measures to address the issues and implementing the measures. Coordinates with project gender consultants to identify and address challenges in the project implementation, with a focus on project GAPs with a view towards tracking, reporting and enhancing on gender equality results of EARD operations.
- Where requested, reviews and supports CSOs and stakeholder engagement, labor and advises on other social dimensions plans and strategies for incorporation in project designs
C. Capacity Building
- In coordination with EARD and SDTC-GEN’s Gender Specialists, supports in the organization and conduct of training for EA/IAs and project staff on gender mainstreaming training, and GAP implementation, monitoring and reporting.
- Provides support in onboarding gender consultants (both project level and gender TA consultants)
- Supports pilot gender initiatives (e.g. application of the Good Practice Note on Addressing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH) in ADB-financed projects with civil works during due diligence of select Mongolia projects where appropriate) and joint gender initiatives of SDTC-GEN and EARD.
D. Knowledge Sharing
- Participates in and contributes to internal and external training and conferences on gender equity and other activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building.
- Supports the creation of knowledge solutions on gender and development, including case studies, blogs, gender briefings, and regular regional specific gender updates.
- Supports preparation of briefing papers, studies or reports for management as required.
- Develops and maintain East Asia networks and contacts on gender and social development and poverty reduction to keep abreast of the latest developments and issues.
- Provides support for preparing and administering EARD gender technical assistance (TA) projects and related activities
- Supports activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building on gender and development both internally and externally.
- Supports coordination and knowledge sharing between EARD gender team and SDTC-GEN
- Performs other duties as assigned and reflected in the incumbent’s workplan.
Relevant Experience & Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in international development, social science and/or gender studies, Social Sciences, e.g., Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Development or Human Geography. Preferably with advanced training.
- At least 8 years of relevant professional experience specifically working on gender mainstreaming and/or gender projects and programs
- Experience of working in monitoring and evaluation – preferably with a focus on gender projects/programs will be an asset.
- Experience of gender capacity development and delivering gender training
- Experience of working in/for East Asia is an advantage
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
- Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with counterpart governments as well as a range of stakeholders, e.g., multilateral and bilateral donors
- Strong leadership qualities and interpersonal skills.
- Solid analytical, organizational, and negotiation skills.
- Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for NS1-2.
The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.
ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.
ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.
Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.