Social Development Specialist (Gender & Devt), PSTS

Metro Manila, Philippines
Mallari, Carol Ms_Photo
Role managed by
Carolina Mallari Researcher

Established in 1966, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution which is headquartered in Manila, Philippines. It is composed of 67 members, 48 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB’s mission is to reduce poverty and promote sustainable economic growth in the region.

In addition to its headquarters, ADB also maintains 31 field offices around the world. Since its founding, ADB has been driven by an inspiration and dedication to improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific. By targeting investments wisely, in partnership with developing member countries and other stakeholders, the aim is to alleviate poverty and help create a world in which everyone can share in the benefits of sustained and inclusive growth. Whether it is through investment in infrastructure, health care services, financial and public administration systems, or helping nations prepare for the impact of climate change or better manage their natural resources, ADB is committed to helping developing member countries evolve into thriving, modern economies that are well integrated with each other and the world.

ADB is at the forefront of development thinking and practice, spreading information through regional forums, a growing online presence and the publication of specialized papers, serials, and books.

Economists, engineers, gender experts, environmental scientists as well as treasury, risk managers, procurement specialists are amongst the hundreds of professions at the bank working together to reduce poverty, and ensure growth across the Asia and Pacific region is sustainable and inclusive.

The main instruments for assistance are policy dialogue, loans, equity investments, guarantees, grants, and technical assistance.

Vision and Mission

ADB aims for an Asia and Pacific free from poverty. While it has achieved a significant reduction in poverty, the region remains home to a large share of the world’s poor. 

ADB helps developing member countries to tackle poverty by providing loans, technical assistance, and grants for a broad range of development activities. ADB is preparing a new strategy to respond to the changes brought about by a rapidly evolving Asia and the Pacific. The new strategy will:

  • build on the 2014 midterm review of ADB’s long-term strategic framework — Strategy 2020;
  • outline vision and key directions for ADB’s engagement with developing member countries until 2030;
  • describe how ADB aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change; and
  • identify institutional and organizational reforms necessary to sharpen ADB's efficiency and effectiveness.

Environmental sustainability is a core strategy of ADB’s work as it is the poor that are most severely affected. Environmental damage and resource depletion are already impeding the region’s development and reducing the quality of life.

ADB is active in creating the framework for the private sector to be involved in investing in new projects that underpin development and improve the lives of 330 million people in Asia and the Pacific who live on less than $1.90 a day.


Please note that ADB can only hire nationals of its 67 member countries.

This is an exciting new opportunity for an ambitious and dedicated person to contribute and help shape, develop and enhance the design of projects to ensure gender is mainstreamed in all ADB investments involving the private sector by providing technical support to clients and detailed supervision of the gender aspects of the Private Sector Operations Department’s (PSOD) projects.

The person that takes on this role will interact closely with the private sector borrower/clients across the region as well as the colleagues in the PSOD team. It will require a person who can think outside the box, someone with vision, exceptional communication and inter-personal skills, as well as leadership qualities, to take the gender and development work of the private sector engagement of ADB in a new and strengthened direction. The person will also ensure that objectives of the ADB's Gender and Development (GAD) Policy are met, as well as operationalising and effectively implementing its strategic directives under ADB's Strategy 2030. A passion for social development, and a good sense of humour will also be necessary!

The position is a part of the Private Sector Transaction Support Division (PSTS) which is responsible for providing timely and effective business support to line-level PSOD staff and is composed of three (3) teams: 1) development effectiveness (DE); 2) integrity due diligence and technical assistance; and 3) safeguards and social dimensions.

The position will play an integral role in ensuring gender is mainstreamed in the transactions which provide investment capital to private sector entrepreneurs, corporates and project sponsors involved in infrastructure projects, as well as financial intermediaries, such as banks, throughout developing Asia which the PSOD provides. You will be a part of a team which catalyze, structure, and fund investments in privately held and state-sponsored companies across a wide range of industry sectors such as renewable energy, telecommunications, transport, agrobusiness, health, education, among others. The emphasis is on commercially viable transactions that generate financial returns while also delivering on ADB's organization-wide mission to promote socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and inclusive economic growth, where gender plays a vital part.

To learn more about PSOD, watch our video on “Working with ADB on Private Sector Financing”.

Role Profile:

The Social Development Specialist (Gender & Development) will be part of the PSTS Safeguards (Social Team) and work closely with the DE Team. The incumbent will report to the Director of PSTS and may supervise administrative staff and national staff on GAD-related tasks.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The selected candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:

Gender Mainstreaming in Project / TA Preparation and Administration

  • Review of concept papers and relevant borrower/clients’ social documentation, incorporates and assists to identify projects with potential for gender mainstreaming;
  • Mainstreams gender concerns into relevant investment projects by assisting borrower/clients to undertake gender analysis and prepares gender action plans (GAP) for projects with gender as a theme (GEN) and effective gender mainstreaming (EGM)
  • Advise project teams in incorporating gender elements or measures in projects classified as some gender elements (SGE)
  • Prepares GAD write-up in the main text and required linked documents as part of the Report and Recommendation to the President, and assists project teams to respond to GAD-related comments
  • Handles GEN and EGM projects under administration and monitors effective implementation of project specific GAPs by borrower/clients
  • As required, processes and administers technical assistance with high social development and gender content in the region; and
  • As required, able to act as a mission leader / team lead, exercising supervision coordination, and planning responsibilities over the assigned team, with oversight from the Director, social team leader or a more senior team leader.

Gender and Development Effectiveness

  • Actively assists PSOD deal teams in quality assurance and provides solutions on the identification, measurement and monitoring of gender and development effectiveness of private sector transactions
  • Contributes to all matters related to gender and development effectiveness with PSOD line divisions as well as ADB-wide, and represents PSOD in discussions, both internally as well as with external counterparts, on initiatives and activities related to gender and development effectiveness of private sector operations
  • Provides robust feedback and views on the soundness of gender and development effectiveness of private sector operations, and assists the line divisions in presenting such material to stakeholders and clients, both internal and external
  • Reviews ADB-wide policy papers and prepares PSOD comments, and assists in reviewing project related documents to ensure quality, consistency and alignment with relevant ADB strategies and policies from a gender and development effectiveness perspective
  • Provides assistance to PSOD in maintaining appropriate standards of quality in identifying and monitoring of gender and development effectiveness (development impact, outcome and outputs) in the preparation of the design and monitoring frameworks (DMF). Ensures the effective implementation of monitoring systems for gender and development indicators
  • Consolidates gender and development effectiveness data for PSOD, and be responsible for communicating this information to Management and the Board
  • Takes the lead in documenting success stories and lessons learned as contribution to the preparation of PSOD's Annual Development Effectiveness Report
  • Compiles and submits all PSOD-relevant gender and development effectiveness related information as required
  • Supports project divisions in the identification, preparation of the evaluation of PSOD projects, consistent with ADB policies, strategies, and guidelines with respect to its gender and development effectiveness, and participates in missions, in this regard, as necessary
  • Any other tasks that the Director General, PSOD, Deputy Director General, PSOD, and Director, PSTS, may assign to support PSOD and ADB operations

Capacity Building

  • Carries out assessment of gender mainstreaming capacity at the departmental and divisional level and provides key inputs to capacity building activities as needed
  • Provides capacity building assistance to PSOD staff and borrower/clients

Policies, Strategies and Frameworks

  • Reviews and monitors the project pipeline to ensure meeting GAD commitments under ADB's results agenda
  • Liaises with gender specialists in operations departments and, where relevant to PSOD operations, supports their effort to build strategic partnerships in the region with women's national organizations, other multilateral and bilateral development partners, women's non-government organizations (NGO), and the private sector on GAD issues.

Staff Supervision

  • Provides leadership, technical guidance and support to national and administrative staff
  • Supervises the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance
  • Ensures the on-going learning and development of reporting staff

Required Experience and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be outgoing, have strong communication and inter-personal skills, and a passion for working towards the vision and mission of ADB. A good sense of humour, ability to work under tight deadlines and pressure is also necessary. More specifically, the ideal candidate:

Education & Relevant Experience 

  • holds a Master's degree or equivalent in anthropology, sociology, applied social science or other related fields with an emphasis on gender issues. A bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Applied Social Science or other related fields combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
  • has at least 8 years of relevant professional experience in design and implementation of gender and development measures in development projects, gender mainstreaming at the institutional level and social development, including, participatory planning and poverty-related issues across social sectors, or related area
  • experience in application of multilateral development bank’s or other international institutions’ policies and procedures for social development is an advantage
  • experience in processing and administrating technical assistance
  • international experience working in development in several countries, preferably with demonstrated experience at the field level and with private sector projects in the region
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff level 4 for a fuller description of expected competency levels.

Terms of Appointment

The selected candidate is appointed for an initial term of three (3) years.

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.

To Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Ms. Carol Mallari at [email protected].  All information will be in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

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