Chief ICT Specialist
African Development Bank, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Closing Date for Applications:
The Bank is hiring a Chief ICT Specialist The position has the following functions:
To lead, and coordinate the identification, appraisal and negotiation of Bank operations for the ICT sector, involving RMCs, Governments, Private Sponsor and other development partners or concerned parties;
To supervise the implementation of projects by RMCs and to coordinate the Bank’s responses on procurement, financial management, evaluation, restructuring and audit of projects;
To direct the provision of expert advice on issues related to ICT sector development including advice to RMCs;
Provide the required technical skills to design national and multinational projects that respond to the needs of the RMCs and RECs based on priority and selectivity;
Mobilise external resources to prepare feasibility studies, co-invest in projects and finance economic research work of the Division.
Duties and responsibilities
Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Division Manager, the Principal ICT Specialist in addition to the above mentioned tasks shall:
- Dialogue with Regional Member Countries (RMCs), Partners and relevant specialised agencies on project requests;
- Advise the Bank and RMCs on the viability of ICT projects;
- Identify funding options including the use of PRGs, PCGs and the applicability of PPP structures;
- Carry out identification, preparation, appraisal and supervision missions; Prepare and process project documentation (including Project Concept Notes and Appraisal Reports) and follow up on reviews and approval processes;
- Mobilise co-financing for projects from other MDBs, donors and the private sector;
- Manage the strategic project cycle process including consultations with RMCs and the Bank's Country Programme Officers to ensure that prospective ICT projects are included in the overall agreed lending plans of the Bank and the RMCs;
- Manage a portfolio of projects, ensuring that each project is properly supervised, is disbursing funds and is achieving its original development goals. In doing so, apply the rules and regulations of the Bank correctly to issues of procurement and fund management and disbursement;
- Initiate and execute programmes and studies to develop knowledge in Africa on strategically important ICT subjects. Where necessary, mobilise funds for studies. To do so, it will be necessary to develop terms of reference for studies and pilot projects and comply with donor information needs to obtain financial support.
- Develop consultancy terms of reference and recruit consultants to support the work area. Observe fully Bank procurement rules and regulations;
- Undertake Ad hoc activities including coordination with other operational and regional complexes; integration of ICT in Country and Regional Strategy Papers; strengthen the Bank's knowledge and expertise (article writing, briefing and analyses); support broad financial mobilisation activities of the Bank; attend Business Opportunity Seminars with the private sector to explain upcoming procurement opportunities in Bank ICT projects.
- Participate in relevant skills development activities to ensure that technical, market, financial and processing knowledge is maintained to a required level.
- Hold at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in the field of ICT, Telecommunications, Management, Business or Economics or any other related discipline.
- Should have at least seven (7) years proven track record in the ICT sector. Key areas are ICT/Communication policy and regulation, infrastructure deployment and development, data economy infrastructure and services, and eGovernment services.
- Proven practical experience of working with Governments in Africa to design and deliver national and cross border ICT projects for economic development
- Experience in strategic planning and execution of ICT projects/studies.
- Experience of working with international financial institutions (IFIs) or with bilateral aid and development agencies, including familiarity with their financing arrangements for grant and/or loan support;
- Rigorous, results-oriented individual with strong analytical skills, sound business judgement and the ability to identify needs and constraints, to set priorities and translate them into measurable actions.
- Effective consultation and advisory skills coupled with a client orientation to ensure relevancy.
- Sound market knowledge with a particular emphasis on current digital trends in regulatory thinking.
- An ability to think strategically, to make sense of complexity and to express thoughts simply both in writing and orally.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to vary the use of them according to the audience including government officials, private sector and other stakeholders;
- Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
- Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), experience in the use of SAP is advantageous.