Director, General Services and Procurement

African Development Bank (AfDB) Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire

About the African Development Bank

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 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 for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.
You can find further details on their website https://www.afdb.org/
African Development Bank High Five https://www.afdb.org/en/high5s
  • Light up & power Africa
  • Feed Africa
  • Industrialize Africa
  • Integrate Africa
  • Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa

Director, General Services and Procurement Role

The Director, General Services and Procurement department reports to the Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services and is key to the attainment of the Bank’s transformative agenda for Africa through ensuring that there is adequate management of the Bank’s administrative affairs and assets management. Notably, the optimization of the Bank institutional procurement and expenses; cost benefit analysis on some of the Bank services such buy/construct vs lease, negotiation of services such as travel and hotels catering, cleaning, transport, insurance.

The Director is responsible for developing a strategic approach to defining, planning, organizing, coordinating, and leading the activities of the Department. His/her duties include:

  • Lead the effective delivery of the General Services and Procurement department work and budget programming.
  • Ensure the effective budget resources management with the objective of cost saving.
  • Lead the institutional procurement planning, control and implementation of all corporate activities relating to works, goods, services, contracts, and insurance, ensuring that staff are empowered with a clear focus on clients’ orientation and results.
  • Develop the AfDB Real Estate Development Strategy (including the Headquarters, Regional and Country Offices) and implement deriving annual implementation plans.
  • Drive efficiencies to achieve increased effectiveness in service delivery and in the acquisition and management of works, goods, and services, ensuring value for money of all corporate activities of the General Services and Procurement department.
  • Lead the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and processes for procurement of works, goods and services.
  • Ensure that the Key Performance Indicators set for the department are met.
  • Lead the General Services and Procurement management team by leading the strategic staffing of the department to ensure appropriate skills mix, regularly assessing the management team and overseeing overall performance management and outcomes of the department, and the learning needs of the department with the support of the Human Resources Department.
  • Promote the Gender strategy by ensuring that the Bank is a safe place for women to work by making available provision of gender related equipment in all Bank’s offices premises.
  • Lead offices space planning and management of assets to support the Bank’s the decentralization strategy.
  • Lead the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and processes for management of Bank’s Assets including the operation and maintenance of Bank properties (Bank real estate at HQ and in the Bank’s country offices), inventories etc.
  • Lead the development and implementation of policies, procedures and processes relating to Bank vehicles, travel and shipment.
  • Lead the development and implementation of policies, procedures and processes relating to the disposal of Bank Assets.
  • Lead the work program and resources programming related to the Bank’s mailing and restaurants services.
  • Oversee the implementation of corporate plans for the Headquarters building.
  • Lead and monitor the change management to ensure that the ultimate goal of the Bank is met and propose or recommend any corrective measures.
  • Perform other related duties such as participation in various standing committees’ meetings such as Capital Investment Steering Committee, Annual Meeting Committee, Purchasing Committee, and Board meetings dealing with matters related to the Department’s function.

Professional Qualifications
Hold at least a master’s degree or its equivalent in Engineering, Management, Business Administration, or closely related disciplines.

  • Having a professional qualification in asset management, facility management, project management or procurement will be an added advantage.
  • Experience, Required Competencies, Desirable Skills, and Knowledge
  • Have a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant extensive and progressive experience in the private sector or an internationally recognized Financial or development Institution similar to the Bank, five (5) years of professional experience should be at a managerial level
  • Have solid professional experience in Assets management (real estate, facilities, warehouse, fixed assets, etc.), procurement of works, goods and services, contracts management and purchasing, air travel services management (vehicle and air).
  • competence in the use of ERP Systems (preferably SAP) and software relevant to project administration (share point) and standard Microsoft Suite of applications such as Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint.
  • Strong managerial skills, including interpersonal communication and client-orientation.
  • Ability to undertake sound analysis (skills and methods), in order to conceptualize future work or organizational changes and develop strategies for change which includes strategic mind-set and capacity to translate strategic thinking into a compelling plan of action of a large international institution.
  • Ability to build partnerships with a broad range of clients and deliver results that meet the needs and long-term interests of clients within and outside the institution.
  • Ability to develop a successful leadership style to establish and achieve exceptional organization performance and the ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure the timely accomplishment of tasks in the Department by giving valuable advice and providing constructive feedback.
  • Ability to build and lead a motivated and committed team across functional boundaries and utilize talent and expertise of team members in a productive way.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Capacity to influence and inspire confidence.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in French or English with a good working knowledge of the other language.

How to apply:

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before  10th May 2021. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.

If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected]

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

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