Senior Public Management Specialist

Asian Development Bank

Manila, Philippines

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

The Senior Public Management Specialist will lead the formulation and articulation of public sector policy and strategies and public management issues, engaging ADB’s member countries’ governments in policy dialogue, conducting ADB’s activities to support sector policy and reforms. The incumbent will lead in identifying, developing, implementing, and administering loans, Technical Assistance (TA) projects, and non-lending products and services (NLPS) and engage with developing member countries (DMCs) governments and other stakeholders on public sector management issues to support fiscal consolidation, inclusive growth, reforms, and initiatives, with the objective of ensuring economic soundness and consistency with sector policies and strategies.
The incumbent will report to Senior Sector Director/ Director, SG-PSMG and may supervise National Staff and Administrative Staff.
  • Lead in the development, processing and administration of loan and TA projects in public sector management for governments at all levels in ADB DMCs.
  • Support the strategic and operational development of the PSMG sector covering all major aspects related to project identification, preparation, appraisal, and documentation on public sector management, including but not limited to domestic resource mobilization and debt management, public expenditure management, social security and pension reforms, domestic savings, state-owned enterprises management, digitalization of systems and processes, economic diversification, fiscal decentralization, climate change, public investment management, and generation of private resources for investment opportunities in consultation with relevant government agencies, and resident missions (RMs). Lead or contribute to strategic planning, identify, and develop core expertise in emerging areas, and solutions delivery to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide effective services and solutions to clients and ADB staff beyond presenting issues and past challenges.
  • Assist teams and colleagues in adapting to the cultural and business norms of diverse clients and country situations.
  • Lead dialogue with government officials and other stakeholders to improve public sector management and enhance government capacity while managing debt and creating more opportunities for private sector investment. In this regard, take the role of mission leader and supervise the work of mission members.
  • Participate in country teams and provide peer review inputs for Country Partnership Strategies (CPSs), Country Pipeline Monitoring (ICPMs), and updates. Participate in interdepartmental working groups on public sector management issues.
  • Coordinate with RMs for consistency of approach, exchange of experiences, and continuous improvement of practices and integration of sector policy commitments to the management of projects.
  • Support sector colleagues in the design and delivery of policy-based programs and other projects.
  • Coordinate with other sectors and departments within ADB for OneADB collaboration to improve development impact.
  • Coordinate with other development partners and international agencies for operational synergies to improve assessments and development impact.
  • Lead in monitoring, periodic review and progress reporting of project and program implementation, compliance with covenants, and the achievement of development impact.
  • Lead in the review of portfolio performance by sector/country and preparation of initiatives to promote project quality and improve portfolio performance. Lead in providing guidance and advice in identification and implementation of actions items needed to resolve implementation issues and problems.
  • Effectively handle closure of projects and completion processes and reports, and conduct consultations with governments on results and lessons learned.
  • Develop and maintain suitable network of country counterparts, stakeholders, and information sources to keep abreast of the latest developments and issues. Substantially contribute to activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building around public sector management issues.
  • Lead and conduct economic, thematic and sector work related to policy, legal, regulatory, and institutional framework for public sector management to facilitate sustainable economic development, inclusive growth, green PFM, and poverty reduction. Facilitate effective evaluation processes for PSMG work.
  • Promote innovation and more effective ways for addressing key development constraints in ADB DMCs, including use of modern technology, cross-country learnings and best practices, and knowledge solutions.
  • Manage Knowledge Products and Services (KPS) work including peer reviews for the sector.
  • Conduct internal and external training and conferences and other activities for advocacy, dissemination, and knowledge building in the area of public sector management.
  • Mentor junior staff and support their learning and integration into the division and department in effective ways.
  • Supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance. Ensure the ongoing learning and development of reporting staff.
Relevant Experience & Requirements:
  • Master's degree, or equivalent, in Economics, Finance, Public Policy or other related fields; University degree in Economics, Finance, Public Policy or other related fields and at least 5 years specialized experience relevant to the position can be considered.
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in public sector management at the national and sub-national level, preferably in a reputed research institution or in a multilateral agency.
  • Able to steer ideas and projects to improve linkages between public sector management and poverty reduction.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and aptitude to learn new and emerging issues/topics within the public sector and financial sector.
  • International experience working in development in several countries.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 5.