Chair, Office of the Compliance Review Panel (OCRP)

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

About the Asian Development Bank

Established in 1966, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution which is headquartered in Manila, Philippines. It 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 fulfil its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

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.

You can find more details on ADB’s website: https://www.adb.org/

Chair, Compliance Review Panel (CRP)

This is an exciting new opportunity for an ambitious, dedicated and understands political aspects of ADB. The Compliance Review Panel (CRP) is a fact-finding body that reports to the ADB Board of Directors. The CRP chair coordinates with the ADB Board of Directors through the Board Compliance Review Committee (BCRC), a committee of the ADB Board of Directors, that oversees the CRP work on behalf of the ADB Board of Directors. The CRP is led by the CRP Chair and is supported by the Office of the Compliance Review Panel (OCRP) which facilitates the CRP's communication and coordination with the ADB (Board of Directors, Management, and staff). The OCRP is headed by the CRP chair.

The position of CRP Chair is assigned to the CRP. The CRP consists of three members, one of whom is the full-time CRP Chair, who is based in ADB’s headquarters, and remaining two members are part-time members, who are called upon when required.

The role of the CRP is to independently investigate complaints received from people affected by ADB-assisted projects and programs to assess whether ADB has complied with its operational policies and procedures and to determine whether such people have suffered direct and material harm or likely harm as a result of non-compliance. The CRP’s function and operation are regulated by the Accountability Mechanism Policy, 2012 (the AM Policy).

Duties and Responsibilities

The Chair, Compliance Review Panel will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Processing and investigating complaints from eligible persons, including but not limited to the site visits in relevant countries;
  • Engaging with relevant parties and stakeholders, including complainants and their representatives including non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) concerned, the relevant government, private sector client, ADB Management and staff, and the ADB Board member representing the country concerned, to obtain a thorough understanding of the issues to be examined during the consideration and undertaking of a compliance review pursuant to the AM Policy;
  • Coordinating CRP's activities, to the extent appropriate, with compliance review mechanism of other co-financing institutions that may be conducting a separate compliance review of the same project;
  • Conducting thorough and objective reviews of the compliance by ADB with its operational policies and procedures, as applicable;
  • Issuing eligibility determination reports, draft and final compliance review reports, and annual monitoring reports of the project to complainants, ADB Management and Board of Directors and the government or private sector client, as relevant;
  • Serve as the head of the OCRP and have full responsibility for running the OCRP;
  • Manage the OCRP as an effective, efficient, and independent office, including managing the OCRP’s personnel, budget, and work program under the oversight of the BCRC, and in accordance with ADB rules and procedures;
  • Assign member(s) of the CRP to conduct compliance review and monitoring tasks in consultation with the BCRC;
  • Provide regular briefings to the BCRC, which may include the topic of Accountability Mechanism annual report;
  • Prepare the annual work plan and budget for the CRP and OCRP;
  • Engage stakeholders in the compliance review process and ensure that compliance review results are communicated to them and the public;
  • Formulate and implement the OCRP’s work program as approved by the Board, and report to the Board through the BCRC on the activities of the CRP and OCRP;
  • Provide input to the BCRC’s annual performance feedback to CRP members;
  • Supervise the Complaint Receiving Officer (CRO) with Special Project Facilitator jointly;
  • Work with the CRO, Office of Special Project Facilitator (OSPF), and Department of Communications (DOC) to maintain the problem solving and compliance review interfaces in a common ADB Accountability Mechanism website within ADB’s public website to improve the access, coherence, and comprehensiveness of the information; and
  • Conduct awareness-raising programs for OCRP inside and outside of ADB.
  • Ensuring that the AM Policy is faithfully implemented in a timely and professional manner, and that complaints received are handled properly and competently in accordance with the AM Policy.

Required Experience and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position will have a high integrity, unbiased, can navigate all ADB stakeholders, good interpersonal skills, and a passion for working towards the vision and mission of ADB. More specifically, the ideal candidate:

Education & Relevant Experience

  • Holds a master’s degree, or equivalent, in Economics, Law, Environment, or Social Development, or related fields; however, a university degree in such fields may be acceptable if combined with specialized and similar experience in similar organization/s;
  • Has at least 15 years of experience in the social, environment, legal or economic development fields, or a related field and demonstrated competence in the field of compliance review or compliance investigation and assessment, including the ability to deal thoroughly and fairly with requests for investigation or redress;
  • Ability to conduct in-depth investigations of facts and circumstances, undertake required analyses and work constructively and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders on a range of sensitive issues;
  • Ability to anticipate, manage and respond to divergent views of a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Highly developed communication and coordination skills to work effectively within ADB (staff, Management, and the Board of Directors) and externally with ADB clients, including   governments, private sector clients, other international organizations and civil society;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English; knowledge of another language widely spoken in Asia and the Pacific would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, the operations of ADB or comparable institutions, and/or relevant private sector experience; and
  • Exposure to development issues and living conditions in developing countries, including travel to challenging or remote areas in developing countries;

Terms of Appointment

The position is for a 5-year non-renewable term, requiring work on a full-time basis, and is to be filled by a national of an ADB regional member country. The successful candidate will be required to investigate complaints and perform other tasks as per the responsibilities listed.

ADB Directors, Alternate Directors, Director's Advisors, Management, staff, and consultants are not eligible to serve on the CRP until at least 3 years have elapsed from the end of their time of employment or position with ADB. After serving on the CRP, panel members will be barred from any future employment with ADB.

Detailed information about the CRP and Accountability Mechanism is available on the Accountability Mechanism's website at http://compliance.adb.org

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.

How 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 treated 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.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by ADB to undertake this assignment. 

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