Senior Project Specialist

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Senior Project Specialist


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Staff on probation are not eligible to apply. Applicants for promotion must have served at their position for at least one year and must have normally served at their personal level for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date. Applicants for lateral transfer must have served at their position and personal level for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date (reference A.O. 2.03, paragraphs 5.8 and 5.9).

This is a fixed-term assignment for a period of 3 years. The PMU’s term will be coterminous with the period of implementation of the Project. Thus, the initial term of PMU will be for three (3) years, which may be extended depending on business needs. This vacancy is open to internal and external applicants.

In the event that the staff appointed to a new category (i.e. from AS to NS, or from NS to IS) is rated at 2 or lower in the first two performance reviews after appointment at the new level, they will return to the level occupied immediately prior to their appointment in the new category.


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position will be part of the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the Sovereign Operations IT Project, which will be placed in the Strategy, Policy and Partnerships Department (SPD). The PMU is responsible for the overall implementation of the Sovereign Operations IT Project (the Project) that will address the need for an end-to-end and fully integrated system under the Digital Agenda 2030. The role of the PMU is essential considering the large scale of the investment, the significance of the program to ADB’s overall effectiveness, and the requirement to coordinate and integrate the inputs from more than ten (10) stakeholder departments. The PMU will lead the project implementation and synthesize inter-departmental efforts to ensure that the new system meets the sovereign business needs of ADB.

The PMU will work closely with the Information Technology Department (ITD) on all aspects of implementation of the Project and help ITD manage contracts with the Project’s vendors and contractors. It will also closely coordinate the implementation of the Project with other departments concerned, including regional departments, Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department (PPFD), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC), Controller’s Department (CTL), Treasury Department (TD), Office of the Secretary (OSEC), and Office of Administrative Services (OAS).

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Job Purpose

The Senior Project Specialist works in synergy with Advisor and Head, PMU and serves as the Deputy Project Head who supports and facilitates the overall project management function. The incumbent assists in providing leadership, integration, and management of processes and functions necessary for the timely, consistent, and efficient delivery of activities and initiatives related to the modernization of Sovereign Operations systems.

Also designated as Change Manager, the role supports the Advisor and Head, PMU in implementing the PMU’s strategy that would direct and integrate various stakeholders’ inputs for the implementation of the Project at three levels—corporate, regional department and project.

The position will report to Advisor and Head, PMU and may supervise senior National Staff.


a. Project Management and Implementation

  • Provides support in supervising and managing the overall implementation of the Project, including the Project’s budget and resources, procurement, project deliverables, and implementation of plans as envisioned in the approved Business Case for the Sovereign Operations IT Project, and in alignment with Digital Agenda 2030.

  • Works with OAS and ITD on initiating and preparing procurement activities, including bid document preparation, statement of work, procurement method selection (open, limited sourcing, or direct contracting), evaluation criteria, and bid evaluation reports.

  • Helps ITD manage and coordinate the Project’s vendors, consultants, contractors, to ensure smooth and efficient execution of the deliverables.

  • Supervises daily operations and the performance of project consultants, contractors, and vendors engaged by the Project, ensuring consistent monitoring of their deliverables in accordance with agreed contracts/Scope of Work. Ensures that information on deliverables, risks, and other issues are communicated, addressed, monitored and evaluated.

  • Liaises and communicates with partner departments and stakeholders with respect to the Project implementation and build effective work relationships among them and all internal and external partners.

  • Works with ITD in ensuring that the Project Management Framework set by ITD, as well as processes and governance outlined in the Project’s Business Case are adhered to.

  • Helps ITD ensure full internal integration of various components of the Project and overall connectedness of the Project’s outputs with other IT systems in ADB.

  • Ensures that business requirements are translated into technical solutions which are appropriately validated through testing.

  • Facilitates smooth turnover/rollout of projects to the Business Area.

  • Manages realization of benefits from the investments made under the Project in alignment with the sovereign operations business needs.

  • Performs risk evaluation and review, recommends appropriate mitigating actions, and manages the implementation of these actions.

  • Resolves project-related issues or escalate these issues for resolution by the Advisor and Head, PMU and/or for PSC decision.

  • Monitors and evaluates project progress and provides accurate and timely reports to the PSC, the Project’s Executive Steering Committee (ESC), and the Information Technology and Data Committee (ITDC).

  • Guides the preparation of PMU briefing materials for the PSC and PMU inputs to annual reports and other corporate level reports and ensure that these have clear linkages with ADB strategies and policies and the Sovereign Operations roadmap.

  • Manages PMU’s review and provision of inputs to corporate, operational, and administrative documents, ensuring timely provision of high-quality inputs.

  • Supports the preparation of PMU staff’s annual work plans and accomplishment reports.

  • Ensures that relevant ADB procedures and practices are followed by the different project teams.

  • Keeps the PMU abreast of technological developments and global trends and translates them into technical guidance to the Program/Project Sponsors.

b. Change Management

  • Provides necessary change requests recommendations and inputs required for the Advisor and Head, PMU’s and PSC’s approval.

  • Helps Advisor and Head, PMU establish a mechanism for engagement with wider stakeholders to ensure all project requirements and specifics are clearly understood, various stakeholders’ inputs are adequately considered, and project progress is regularly communicated to the stakeholders.

  • Develops and helps implement the Project’s change management strategies and plans that maximize employee adoption and usage to minimize resistance.

  • Articulates changes’ business benefits, achievements of results and outcomes to Senior Management.

  • Supports in active communication and coordination among the stakeholder departments, ITD, and other stakeholders to facilitate business process review and related policy matters as well as technical requirements associated with enterprise architecture, data governance and IT quality assurance.

c. Others

  • Fosters collaboration and mutually supportive relationships and may provide coaching, technical advice, and support to the PMU members, relevant departments, contractors/vendors, and other stakeholders to boost project management capabilities.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master’s Degree, or equivalent, in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Engineering, or relevant fields; University Degree in related fields combined with relevant experience in similar organizations to ADB, may be considered in lieu of a Masters’ degree.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in development financing, for example, country programming, project design and implementation, and portfolio management.
  • Experience in managing teams and operational business processes improvements, institutional transformation and change management.
  • Familiarity with IT project management at corporate level and IT agile development methodologies, and experience in IT systems for project monitoring and reporting are preferable.
  • Experience in large scale program and project management.
  • Experience in working with external suppliers and outsourcing support work.
  • Demonstrated skills in implementing multiple vendor products and integrating the new solutions to the existing production environment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in preparing and presenting business cases, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship and management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 5

General Considerations

The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.

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