Urban Development Specialist, Timor-Leste Resident Mission

Organization: ADB - Asian Development Bank

Country: Timor-Leste

City: Dili

Closing date: Monday, 14 November 2016

Reference Number: 160863

Department: Pacific Department

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

Location: Timor-Leste Resident Mission

Date Posted: Friday, October 28, 2016

Closing Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT)


The selected candidate for this position will be outposted to the Timor-Leste Resident Mission (TLRM). This position is open to internal applicants, who if selected will report immediately to TLRM, and external applicants, who if selected may be initially based at the ADB Headquarters in Manila, Philippines prior to outposting.

Job Purpose

Assist in formulating and articulating urban development policy and strategies, engaging Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) governments in policy dialogue, and conducting ADB's activities to support sector policy implementation. Identify, develop, implement and administer loans and grants, technical assistance (TA), non-lending products and services, and knowledge products in the urban sector. Identify, develop and implement proposals for climate change financing. Work with broad policies and objectives, working directly with clients, with supervision for critical tasks.

Expected Outcomes

Strategy and Planning

  • Support the development of policy and strategies for urban development in Pacific DMCs, in consultation with relevant government agencies, regional organizations, and Resident Missions (RMs).
  • Identify and design appropriate urban sector support, with a specific focus on urban planning and water, sanitation and solid waste management, across the 14 Pacific DMCs in consultation with governments.
  • Participate in country teams and provide sector inputs for country partnership strategies and country operations business plans.
  • Raise awareness of the impact of climate change on the Pacific urban environment and how investment programs are affected by this, as a basis for seeking support for climate change responsive elements of urban investment projects.
  • Advance regional level consideration of urban development through developing partnerships with Pacific regional organizations involved in urban sector policy and activities.
  • Build partnerships with development partners and NGOs active in the urban sector in the Pacific with a view to developing joint investments and activities.
  • Work as part of the Urban sector team within the Pacific Department's Urban, Social Development and Public Sector Division, and provide input into the strategic direction of the team's work.

Project Management

  • Contribute to the development, processing and administration of loans, grants, and technical assistance in the urban sector, possibly with moderate to high levels of risk and complexity.
  • Liaise and coordinate with development agencies and co-financiers, including Green Climate Fund.
  • Manage teams of consultants and government counterparts in the process of conducting feasibility studies, due diligence, and project implementation.
  • Ensure key technical, economic, financial and crosscutting issues are incorporated into projects.

Knowledge Sharing

  • Develop and maintain a suitable network in the urban sector to keep abreast of the latest developments and issues.
  • Contribute to activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building around urban sector issues.
  • Identify and prepare suitable knowledge products relevant to the requirements of the Pacific urban sector.
  • Participate in the knowledge activities of the Urban and Water Sector Groups.

Core Competencies

Application of Technical Knowledge and Skills

  • Regularly shares knowledge on new international best practice trends in comparator situations
  • Proactively applies relevant international best practices to own work
  • Convinces others to adopt international best practice by explaining the situational relevance and benefits

Client Orientation

  • Helps colleagues work effectively with clients in different contexts and from diverse backgrounds and country situations
  • Adapts own approach and style when interacting with clients, as opposed to requiring them to adapt
  • Draws upon international best practice in exploring solutions with clients
  • Confirms the clients' understanding and agreement before progressing

Achieving Results and Problem Solving

  • Draws on own and others' multi-country experience to identify viable courses of action when conducting analyses
  • Helps internal and external clients achieve quality results beyond presenting problems and precedent
  • Highlights possible solutions for project issues based on relevant multi-country and/or multi-client experience
  • Regularly contributes insights and experiences to colleagues in the Division to help them achieve quality results
  • Overcomes unexpected difficulties and challenges to produce desired outcomes

Working Together

  • Maintains collaborative relationships within the Department
  • Works effectively with diverse colleagues in own and other Divisions and Departments
  • Flexibly alters positions and adjusts previously stated points of view to support the group consensus
  • Follows through on team priorities in the absence of a team leader

Communication and Knowledge Sharing

  • Checks the audience's level of understanding and awareness of required follow up actions
  • Consistently seeks and addresses feedback on own performance
  • Creates knowledge products endorsed for wider distribution based on lessons and multi-country experience
  • Independently amends and clarifies messages and documents

Innovation and Change

  • Actively supports work improvement and/or organizational change by work and deed
  • Develops and adopts change plans to support Division initiatives on which one works
  • Considers current and future client needs in proposing ideas
  • Vocalizes early support for change
  • Recommends inputs to new policies, systems and processes in immediate work area


Education Requirements

  • Master's degree, or equivalent, in engineering, urban planning, or natural resource economics or other related fields. University degree in engineering, urban planning, or natural resource economics or other related fields combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master's degree.

Relevant Experience

  • Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level.
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in urban program design and implementation or related area as well as in project administration.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • International experience working in development in several countries, with experience working in small islands, or extremely capacity constrained countries an advantage.

Reporting Relationships

  • Supervisor: The Urban Development Specialist will report to Director, PAUS on technical and operational aspects and to Country Director, TLRM for day-to-day administrative matters.

    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.

Source: UN Jobs

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Deadline/closing date: 
Monday, November 14, 2016