Director, Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting and Research at AFDB – Côte d’Ivoire

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified, namely: energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa. The Bank is seeking to build a management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.

Job Details:

  • Position title: Director, Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting and Research
  • Grade: EL-5
  • Position N°: 50092171
  • Reference: ADB/17/013
  • Publication date: 16/02/2017
  • Closing date: 09/03/2017
  • Country: Côte d’Ivoire


The Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management is the Bank’s spokesperson on economic matters and the Vice-President for the Economic Governance and Knowledge Management Complex. The Complex is responsible for (i) providing leadership and visibility for the Bank on economic, finance, financial governance and socio economic development issues; and coordinate the generation of analytical works to inform operational policy; (ii) systematically emphasize the critical role of knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and their tangible impact on sustainable, inclusive transformation of African economies.


The Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting And Research Department is dedicated to the generation of high quality knowledge in the area of development in Africa. It provides technical support to operations and regional member countries through rigorous analytical work; engages in impactful policy dialogue with decision-making bodies within and outside of the Bank; and most importantly enhance the operational effectiveness of the Bank in achieving the High 5s. The activities of the department are structured around the Macroeconomic Policy, Debt Sustainability and Forecasting on one side, and the Microeconomics, Institutional and Development Impact on the other.


The Director of the Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting And Research Department will be responsible for providing strategic direction, developing work programs with specific, measurable, and achievable key performance indicators, and for the technical oversight on the work of team members. In addition, he/she will build a strong, motivated and diverse workforce to ensure alignment of research and knowledge generation and dissemination to the Bank’s operations and projects.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief Economist/Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, the Director will:

a) Work program validation and execution

  1. Review and validate the objectives and work program of the Department, ensuring alignment to the strategic priorities of the department, the Complex and the Bank.
  2. Monitor their execution and provide guidance as needed to the teams.
  3. Review and validate the budget, and its effective implementation.
  4. Report on the work program execution, and propose alternative and corrective measures as needed.
  5. Actively contribute to the designing and monitoring of the corporate key performance indicators.

b) Technical oversight on the department’s activities

  1. Provide the Bank Group and member countries with economic intelligence on macroeconomic developments, projections of the most widely used economic and financial variables relating to Africa’s economy and Bank Group operations.
  2. Analyze regional member countries’ economies with emphasis on the HI-5s, using cutting-edge techniques and assessing regional and continental development strategies with particular emphasis on debt-sustainability analysis and impact of major exogenous shocks on macroeconomic aggregates and living standards.
  3. Conduct or participate in special studies aimed at improving the strategies and programming of Bank Group operations.
  4. Develop appropriate analytical tools for the purpose of streamlining Bank Economic and Sector Work on critical areas, such as macroeconomic analysis and impact evaluation of development projects.
  5. Coordinate the preparation of the Bank Group’s flagship reports.
  6. Supervise the processing of the Bank’s major publications, including the African Development Report, the African Development Review, and the annual statistical publication.
  7. Prepare and process major statements, speeches and briefs for the President and Vice-Presidents, for the high level meetings, conferences and visits to the regional member countries.

c) People Management

  1. Ensure the department has the appropriate skills-mix at any time for effective delivery of the objectives defined in the work program.
  2. Review and validate the staffing needs, and build with the Human Resources department the required recruitment plans.
  3. Assess work performance, appraise staff potential and determine training needs.
  4. Put in place, with the assistance of the Human Resources department, talent management mechanisms, to build a talent pool for the department for business continuity.
  5. Organize effective delegation of responsibilities by empowering staff at all levels.

d) Relations with stakeholders

  1. Ensure effective collaboration with the other departments of the Complex.
  2. Work closely with operational departments to ensure relevance of knowledge and research work to the Bank’s operations and projects.
  3. Promote and maintain relations with institutions dealing with economic research and development policies, especially as relating to Africa.
  4. Serves as Acting Chief Economist/Vice President for the Complex for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management when required.
  5. Performs other duties assigned by the Chief Economist/Vice President.

Selection Criteria

  1. Hold at least a Ph.D. degree from a reputable university in Economics, Applied Macroeconomics or other relevant discipline.
  2. Have a minimum of ten (10) years of highly relevant professional experience, at least five (5) of which should be in a managerial roles, in a multilateral development institution, government agency or reputable organization involved in applied research.
  3. Strong capacity in macroeconomic and microeconomic research with a traceable record of publications in peer reviewed reputable journals in the same field or relevant subject.
  4. Ability to adopt and implement emerging and cutting edge analytical tools in the areas of macro and micro economics.
  5. Extensive and in-depth ability to use statistical and econometric methods and packages in data processing and analysis.
  6. Strong planning and organizational skills with strict attention to details.
  7. A proven ability to think strategically, taking into account the bigger picture without sacrificing the details.
  8. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a credible ability to influence and present ideas.
  9. Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  10. Ability to stay abreast of the latest developments, best practices and trends to bring leading edge expertise to the position.
  11. Capacity to connect, understand and influence stakeholders at all levels.
  12. Capacity to communicate orally and in writing effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  13. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is highly desirable.

Information on the position:

The African development bank group has retained global career company ltd to assist with this appointment. to apply, please send a full cv together with a supporting statement highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role, to: please quote the role title and assignment code 971329 in the subject heading of the email. telephone: +44 (0) 20 8834 0300 website:

This position is classified international status and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.

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