Chief Economist and Vice President, ECVP Job at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

Position Title: Chief Economist and Vice President, ECVP.

Job Station: Other Countries.


Chief Economist and Vice President, ECVP job opportunity is available at African Development Bank Group (AfDB) for individuals who possess a PhD degree in Economics.

  • Support the President to drive and deliver the Bank’s operations across Africa and ensure development effectiveness and sustainable human, social and economic change in the African societies.
  • Lead the analytical work of the Bank and position the Institution as a first-rate financial institution that leverages Africa’s potential to emerge as the new millennium’s economic power
  • Provide outstanding leadership for the Bank on policy dialogues in regional member countries and regions.
  • Build up, lead and manage a first-rate group of economists and policy analysts to strengthen the capacity of the Bank on country and regional policy dialogues.
  • Build the African Development Institute to deliver practical high-impact human and institutional capacity strengthening for countries in addressing emerging challenges and policy orientations for achieving faster economic growth, development and economic governance, including sustainable debt management, working in close partnerships with other bilateral and multilateral institutions.


Specific accountabilities of the function:

  • Provide effective and timely advice to the President and Senior Management of the Bank through identifying and proposing ways to address priority macroeconomic and social issues; including other strategic areas of focus of the Bank for Africa.
  • Provide leadership and professional guidance to the Departments of the Complex in the successful delivery of their respective mandate, through overseeing the design and implementation of coherent work programs that aligns with the Bank’s strategic orientations for the continent, in cooperation with other development agencies.
  • Lead all technical, conceptual and analytical processes related to research and program development activities across the Complex.
  • Lead the development of clear performance metrics, timely execution and high-quality deliverables for all departments of the Complex.
  • Enhance the scope and quality standards of the Bank’s country economic and sector work by reviewing economic and sector work; overseeing the training of economic staff; and strengthening networking and knowledge sharing among research, country, and sector economists.
  • Oversee management of the Bank’s support to the strengthening of RMCs’ statistical systems.
  • Take responsibility for professional contributions to Bank Economic Intelligence documents by providing economic intelligence (statement, briefs, policy reviews) to Senior Management on economic development issues (macroeconomics, international trade, regional integration, natural resources management, sectoral issues, fragile state and finance) for presentation or discussion in regional and international forums.
  • Take responsibility for the production of the Banks standing publications.
  • Provide guidance on the Bank’s strategic approach to mainstreaming capacity development, knowledge leveraging and dissemination; including building strategic partnerships for improved development management.
  • Provide guidance on economic governance and public financial management for good budget support operations in the Bank’s Regional Member Countries
  • Provide guidance on natural resources management, including through analysis and advocacy, strengthening negotiating capacity, and designing local content policies, for RMCs’ deriving the highest social and economic value from their endowment.

Detailed activities in relation with the accountabilities of the function:

  • Represent the Bank at major international meetings and events dealing with African economic and social development issues.
  • Participate in collaborative research and knowledge management activities carried out jointly with regional and international organizations including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Research and Capacity Building Institutions in Africa, development research centers in North-America and the Oxford Centre for the Study of African Economies, among others.
  • Participate in Senior Management Coordination Committee meetings.
  • Participate in inter-Complex meetings to foster a one Bank approach.
  • Assist and provide support to Senior Vice President on monitoring the Bank’s overall performance, advising on emerging issues of significance to the Bank’s successful implementation of its High Fives goals.
  • Manage performance contracts of all Department Heads of the Complex, to ensure successful delivery of ECVP’s mandate.
  • Participate in OPSCOM’s review of Bank investment operations.
  • Participate in high level resource mobilization fora, to increase the Bank’s strategic impact in the RMCs.
  • Carry out duties as assigned by the Senior Vice President.


  • At least a PhD degree in Economics;
  • At least 10-15 years of pertinent experience of, with at least 5 years at a senior management level.
  • The top-level experience required is related to addressing issues of economic and social development in Africa, preferably gained in an academic or research environment or in a bilateral, multi-lateral, or regional development agency;
  • Experience in managing development research activities, including ensuring quality of high-level research papers and knowledge leverage, dissemination and outreach;
  • Familiarity with the roles of other development finance institutions in assisting economic reform and addressing poverty reduction in developing countries;
  • Ability to think strategically and to design long term plans and programs in line with strategic priorities.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills;
  • Strong analytical skills, especially on macroeconomic matters;
  • Excellent negotiation skills;
  • Flexibility in dealing with high level demand and excellent team builder;
  • 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.

Apply Before :-

6th December, 2019.


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Important Information/Notice

  • This position is classified international status and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.
  • 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.
  • 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 HRDirect@AFDB.ORG

WHO IS 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.

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