The African Development Bank (AfDB) is hiring a Senior Education Economist based in Nairobi, Kenya. This is a national position within the Education and Skills Development Division.

Role and Responsibilities:

Business Development:

  • – Initiate dialogue on human capital development priorities with governments and stakeholders
  • – Create awareness of Bank opportunities among countries and private sector
  • – Lead human capital development dialogue for country strategy papers
  • – Identify, prepare, appraise and negotiate human capital projects for Board approval
  • – Support country portfolio development in education and skills sectors
  • – Identify co-financing opportunities from Bank instruments and external partners
  • – Seek opportunities for public-private partnership and private sector operations
  • – Integrate human capital into other sector operations like transport, energy etc.

Portfolio Management:

  • – Facilitate timely project start, orientations and launches
  • – Lead implementation, supervision, reviews of approved operations
  • – Review procurement processes and provide technical support
  • – Assist with disbursements and follow-up on reports from executing agencies
  • – Draft communications on audit findings and follow-up on recommendations
  • – Maintain project records and documentation in Bank systems
  • – Support documentation of best practices and human-interest stories
  • – Collaborate with other ongoing Bank projects in the sector

Knowledge Work:

  • – Undertake analytical work and provide technical guidance
  • – Lead economic sector work to provide data for key Bank processes
  • – Review and provide input on project documents, studies and reports
  • – Provide input for Bank publications, briefings and status reports
  • – Collaborate with partners to identify synergies and avoid duplication
  • – Maintain government engagement at strategic levels on policy dialogue
  • – Represent the Bank at technical meetings and events
  • – Identify, recruit and manage consultants as needed


  • – Master’s degree in Education, Economics, Social Work, Business, Development or related
  • – 5+ years of professional experience in TVET, higher education and skills development
  • – Specific expertise in implementing donor-funded education/skills infrastructure projects
  • – Previous experience in multilateral institutions or large organizations
  • – Strong planning, strategic thinking and analytical skills
  • – Knowledge of social, economic and environmental development issues in Africa
  • – Ability to interact effectively with governments and donors
  • – Experience working in a multicultural team environment
  • – Excellent verbal and written English and working French
  • – Proficiency in Microsoft Office; knowledge of SAP desirable

This is a local position open only to nationals of AfDB member countries with the right to live and work in Kenya. Candidates must submit their CV and copies of required degrees online to be considered.

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