Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development), Manila

Organization: ADB - Asian Development Bank

Country: Philippines

City: Manila

Office: ADB Manila

Closing date: Friday, 11 November 2016

Reference Number: 160837

Department: Pacific Department

Division: Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD

Location: Asian Development Bank Headquarters

Date Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Closing Date: Friday, November 11, 2016 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT)

Job Purpose

Lead technical support to gender mainstreaming across the Pacific Department (PARD) to ensure compliance with ADB's Gender and Development (GAD) Policy, operational directives and to effectively implement ADB's Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Operational Plan (Gender OP). Identify, develop, implement and administer loans, technical assistance (TA) projects, and knowledge products and services (KPS) related to gender equity operations in the Pacific region. Work within general policies, principles and goals, working directly with clients.

Expected Outcomes

a. Policies, Strategies and Frameworks

  • Lead the overall implementation of ADB's Policies on GAD and ADB-wide Gender OP in PARD; report on PARD's implementation of the Gender OP.

  • Provide inputs from the GAD perspective to the annual country performance assessment of PARD ADF countries.

  • Review and monitor PARD's pipeline of programs to ensure meeting GAD commitments under ADB's results agenda.

  • Lead the preparation of country gender assessments and country gender strategies as part of the Country Partnerships Strategy formulation process.

  • Lead the preparation of periodic GAD reports required for measuring PARD performance and results on GAD.

  • Engage in policy advisory support, capacity development, and monitoring of gender equality and women's empowerment results in developing member countries (DMCs), in collaboration with GAD focal points in ADB's resident missions (RMs) and regional offices (ROs).

  • Build strategic partnerships in the Pacific region with women's national organizations and related government agencies, other multilateral and bilateral development partners, women's non-government organizations (NGOs), private sector, and academic institutions on GAD issues.

b. Capacity Building

  • Carry out assessment of gender mainstreaming capacity at departmental, divisional and RM/RO level and provide key inputs to capacity building activities as needed.

  • Provide capacity building assistance to PARD DMCs, especially Executing Agencies.

c. Project Development and Implementation

  • As part of project teams, incorporate and mainstream gender concerns into relevant PARD investment projects and programs through preparing terms of reference for consultants, preparation of project-specific gender action plans (GAP), and other measures.

  • Lead in implementing project gender action plans or provisions, in collaboration with RM/RO-based GAD focal points, where they exist, and government implementing staff or project consultants.

  • Review ongoing projects to ensure implementation of Project specific GAPs.

  • Process and administer projects and technical assistance with high social development content in the Pacific region.

d. Knowledge Sharing

  • Lead the preparation, publication, and dissemination of knowledge products on GAD in the Pacific region, in collaboration with RM-based GAD focal points.

  • Support ADB-wide knowledge management initiatives with respect to GAD.

  • Lead the GAD training and capacity development initiatives in PARD.

  • Participate in ADB-wide knowledge networks on GAD and social dimensions.

  • Attend conferences and meetings on GAD in the Pacific and share ADB experience; disseminate external knowledge back in ADB.

  • Liaise with Sustainable Development and Climate Change Division SDCC) on gender and social development issues.

e. Staff Supervision

  • Provide leadership, technical guidance and support to PARD RM/RO GAD focal points.

  • Regularly liaise with RM-based GAD focal points and respective Regional and Country Directors on GAD matters.

  • Supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.

  • Ensure the on-going learning and development of reporting staff.

Core Competencies

Application of Technical Knowledge and Skills

  • Provides supervision to others in completing their technical tasks
  • Called upon for advice and guidance based on expertise gained by working in different countries and organizations
  • Contributes advanced knowledge and expertise to different parts of the Department

Client Orientation

  • Proposes effective services and solutions to staff beyond presenting issues and past challenges

  • Assists colleagues adapt to the cultural and business norms of diverse clients and country situations
  • Gains respect for the breadth and depth of expertise demonstrated in effectively managing diverse clients and country situations
  • Called upon to resolve client situations that may impact their long-term ADB relationship

Achieving Results and Problem Solving

  • Resolves situations where client needs are not being met
  • Shares past experiences from different projects, organizations, and countries to help achieve quality results
  • Ensures that thorough analysis includes current and relevant factors from different countries and contexts
  • Sought out for guidance and experience in overcoming the most challenging situations
  • Draws on long-term relationships with stakeholders to help plan for and achieve results

Working Together

  • Addresses team members not contributing to required standards
  • Commits to delivering timely and high quality work to assist in the team's success
  • Develops and maintains good internal and external peer and senior level relationships
  • Helps teams understand common features to build rapport and overcome challenges

Communication and Knowledge Sharing

  • Provides stakeholders with the level and quality of information required to achieve outcomes

  • Encourages others to seek long-term solutions to address feedback opposed to focusing on immediate concerns or reactions
  • Uses breath of multi-country and multi-client knowledge to equip clients and staff for more effective outcomes
  • Designs and implements project and program knowledge and services

Innovation and Change

  • Consistently seeks more effective and practical ways for the Departmental delivery of services, products, and processes

  • Proposes new ways to improve the quality and relevance of products and services
  • Includes the core benefits and reasons for change when developing comprehensive change roll out plans
  • Influences and persuades decision makers by presenting business cases supporting the proposed changes


Education Requirements

  • Master's degree or equivalent in Anthropology, Sociology, Applied Social Science or other related fields with an emphasis on gender issues. A bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Applied Social Science or other related fields combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master's degree.

Relevant Experience

Work Experience

  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in gender and development and social development, including gender mainstreaming, participatory planning and poverty-related issues across social sectors, or related area.

  • Experience in application of multilateral development bank's policies and procedures for social development.

  • International experience working in development in several countries, preferably with demonstrated experience at the field level in the Pacific region.

Technical Knowledge

  • Proven application of expertise within a specific area, or breadth across multiple areas with in-depth knowledge within one area.

  • Able to utilize and share relevant knowledge to benefit the broader ADB community.

People and Leadership Skills

  • When required, able to act as a mission leader / team lead, exercising supervision coordination, and planning responsibilities over the assigned team, with oversight form the Director or a more senior team leader.

  • Act as a mentor to the more junior team members, providing guidance on projects or processing of loans/technical assistance.

  • Act as a coach to develop capabilities/potential of more junior colleagues.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Reporting Relationships

  • Supervisor: Director, Urban, Social Development and Public Sector Management Division, PARD
  • The following staff positions may be supervised by the incumbent:
    • Administrative Staff
    • National Staff

We encourage diversity in our workplace and support an inclusive work environment. Women are especially encouraged to apply.

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Deadline/closing date: 
Friday, November 11, 2016