Social Sector Specialist

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Social Sector Specialist


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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 is assigned in the East Asia Urban and Social Services Division (EASS) within the East Asia Regional Department. EASS promotes livable cities, inclusive growth and balanced development in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Mongolia through its operations in sustainable urban development, health, elderly care, education and social protection. EASS assists developing member countries (DMCs) in developing green and livable cities by providing basic infrastructure such as water supply, wastewater treatment, district heating and addressing urban environmental challenges. The portfolio in health, education and social protection helps to ensure access to and sustainability of quality basic services and assistance for the poor. EASS has a strategic focus on policy support, technical assistance, knowledge sharing and development of public-private partnerships through its lending and non-lending operations. Strengthened synchronization between the knowledge work and products and operations, and producing operational knowledge is also one of the focus areas.

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Job Purpose

The Social Sector Specialist is responsible in: (i) providing technical input and analysis in the social sectors ( health and elderly care, skills development, social protection) during the formation and articulation of policies and strategies in DMCs; (ii) supporting as well as taking the lead in the identification of opportunities for potential ADB projects and in the development of loans and technical assistance (TA), ensuring that projects are in accordance with ADB guidelines and Strategy 2030 operational priorities; and (iii) contributing to the development of the division’s knowledge program. The incumbent will report to Director, EASS and will supervise National and Administrative Staff.


  • Conducts dialogue and/or works with multi-disciplinary teams to support the development of social sector policies and strategies and long-term care for elderly in the PRC and Mongolia, including approaches and priority areas for investment, and optimal funding modalities (i.e., policy-based loans, results-based lending, public-private partnerships, etc.)
  • Participates in country teams and provides inputs on health and elderly care, skills development, and social protection and other social sector issues for country partnership strategies.
  • Conducts economic, sector and thematic work such as economic analysis on the social sectors and provides guidance on economic and financial analysis for the design, development and processing of loan and TA projects.
  • Leads teams in the identification, development, processing and administration of loans and TA projects of moderate to high level of complexity in the social sectors, ensuring compliance with ADB guidelines and procedures.
  • Produces sector and thematic studies, advocacy and knowledge products on social sectors and policy issues and participates in the development and maintenance of a suitable network within the social sectors to review and exchange information on latest developments and issues.
  • Supervises the performance of reporting staff providing clear direction, learning and development opportunities and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master’s degree in social sciences or related specialized fields or relevant fields. Alternatively, university degree in related fields combined with additional two years relevant professional experience can be considered.
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience including international work experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required
  • Working experience of public-private partnerships and in private sector operations is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to administer/manage social sector loan projects; and concurrently deliver outputs on multiple complex assignments.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 5-6

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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