Principal Transport Engineer – The African Development Bank

The Vice-Presidency for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery (RDVP) is responsible for operational relevancy, efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank Group’s operational programmes and activities. It ensures that the Bank operates effectively in all its regional member countries and shall oversee the full implementation of all aspects of its regional management. The Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex (RDVP) oversees the implementation of two of the five objectives “Feed Africa” and “Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa”. It is composed of five departments: (i) agriculture and agri-food development; (ii) agricultural finance and rural development; (iii) gender, women and civil society; (iv) water and sanitation; and (v) human capital, youth employment and skills development.

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 Africa. Each Regional Directorate is headed by a Director General (DG) and is staffed with the relevant sectoral functions and administrative capabilities for rapid delivery of services to client countries. The Regional Directorates provide overall strategic direction to country offices within the regions and are responsible for the Bank’s operations, business development, project management and overall effective delivery of the Bank’s High 5s.

The position to be filled is part of the organizational chart of the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Platform (RDGW) in West Africa and is located in Abidjan in the RDGW.3 Division, in charge of the private sector, infrastructure and industrialization in West Africa.

The Principal Transport Engineer is responsible for the Bank Group’s vision for transport infrastructure and related services, and its future prospective areas of intervention in the sector.
The incumbent contributes to knowledge management efforts and ensures that best practices and lessons learned in transport management and institutional/governance approaches are reflected in project design.
The main work objectives of the position are the following:
Serve as the Bank’s expert for transport services and infrastructure.
Develop and implement transport projects in RMCs.
Strengthen and maintain the Bank’s understanding of the transport sector and its role in the continent’s development.
Mobilize resources for targeted activities as part of the Bank’s work.
Provide advice on future investments by the Bank and RMCs in the sector.

Duties and responsibilities
Under the general supervision of the Division Manager, the incumbent will:
1. Support the development of policies and strategies for the transport sector within the Bank and in regional member countries (RMCs) in consultation with relevant government agencies, development partners, and other stakeholders.
Advise RMCs on issues pertaining to policy and institutional reforms in the transport sector, especially in the areas of Planning and Programming, transport network development, asset management/maintenance, and private-sector participation.
Participate and contribute to country and regional programming activities (CSP and RISP) and ensure that key sector issues and proposed solutions are adequately reflected in the resultant country/regional programming documents.
Conduct analytical and sector work to inform and underpin the downstream intervention of the Bank in project and programme design in the transport sector.
2. Provide leadership in the development of a pipeline and lending programme for transport projects and programmes:
Oversee a multi-disciplinary team of experts as Task Manager in the identification, preparation, and appraisal of complex projects and large scale projects/studies;
Identify suitable projects for inclusion in the Bank Group lending programme in the transport sector and be responsible for the formulation of the project concept note identifying key development issues, project/programme objectives, risks assessments, budget and timetables for management decisions;
Advise member countries on the preparation, organization and execution of feasibility studies and assist in drafting Terms of Reference; review the progress reports of studies; select the components to comprise the eventual project; review and supervise the work of consultants engaged by the Borrowers to the assigned projects/studies;
Oversee the preparation and appraisal of transport projects and programs involving general resource planning and technical evaluation of alternative ways of shaping projects towards optimal contribution to development objectives; prepare and process the appraisal report involving detailed assessments of technical aspects, economic and financial feasibility, environmental and social safeguards, fiduciary issues, institutional arrangements, etc.
3. Provide leadership in monitoring implementation progress of on-going transport projects, programmes and technical assistance funded by the Bank:
Supervise projects; play a key role in following up the progress of projects; supervise and monitor procurement activities for goods, works and services in accordance with Bank Group’s rules; review the submissions from the Borrowers, including tender lists, bidding documents, bid evaluation reports, award recommendation and contracts documents; study and analyze data submitted by borrowers; verify and approve contracts for disbursement of funds;
Lead or participate in project midterm review missions, sector portfolio review missions and country portfolio review missions and prepare the related reports;
Lead project completion report mission and collect adequate data for the preparation of the Bank Group’s project completion-report; advise the Bank Group on lessons derived from the project which will guide future intervention in the sector and in each country;
Manage fiduciary responsibilities including procurement, and ensuring compliance with the Bank guidelines and the provisions of loan/grant agreements.
4. Participate in sector dialogue and donor coordination activities:
Advise the regional member countries on the Bank’s financing requirements; act as a key person to liaise with government officials and the spokesperson of the Bank in the transport sector; negotiate sensitive policy and sector reforms issues with borrowers and other parties
Coordinate with other development partners and RMCs for consistency of approach, exchange of experiences, and continuous improvement of practices and integration of transport sector policy commitments to the management of projects.
Collaborate with other development partners in the transport sector for consistency and harmonization of approach, exchange of experience, partnership and co-financing where appropriate.
5. Serve as technical authority in Transport integrating a broad spectrum of issues:
Develop and maintain a knowledge base in the transport sector, keeping abreast of the latest developments and issues related to policy and planning, institutional development, design and construction, financing, operation and maintenance, and regulation;
Contribute to activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building around transport-sector issues.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience
Hold at least a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Civil or Transportation Engineering or related fields.
Preferably have at least six (6) years of experience in the transport sector and a proven ability to work on policy, institutional and financial aspects of transport infrastructure projects, construction and maintenance, management and procurement, capital and maintenance planning and programming, knowledge of private-sector participation and the connection with economic development and poverty reduction.
Be able to apply advanced technical knowledge, skills and expertise in the transport sector to advise and support project/country teams and RMCs in policy and institutional development and implementation.
Be able to apply technical skills in a team leadership role to resolve and manage complex issues in relation to transport project/programme design and implementation from a broad developmental goal of poverty reduction
Ability to make decisions, work in teams and motivate people.
Ability to effectively communicate in French or English (written and oral), with practical working knowledge of the other.
Proficiency in the use of common Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint); proven knowledge of SAP.
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