AfDB member country nationals: Principal Water Resources Economist

African Development Bank (AfDB)
Ivory Coast
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries (RMC)).  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 Chief Economist and Vice-President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management (ECVP) is the Bank’s spokesperson on economic matters and the VP for the ‘Economics Governance and Knowledge Management Complex’. The ECVP 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 ECVP will inspire, generate and provide direct support to the President and Senior Management of the Bank on a broad range of technical and management issues within the broad remit of economic, finance, public financial governance, management and social economics.


The external role of the African Natural Resources Center (ANRC) is to support Regional Member Countries (RMCs) improve development outcomes through effective management of natural resources wealth by delivering practical solutions on policy, legislative and investment decisions in the sector. Internally, it brings cohesion to the Bank’s strategies in natural resources sectors by providing a single lens through which the institution tackles natural resources governance.


Water resources cut across four main sectors normally represented as a nexus, namely water/energy/food/environment security – water for human consumption, hydropower, agriculture and environment. These are interdependent and closely linked as use by one sector will impact available resources for other sectors at any given time. The “water nexus” functions as a tool to assist decision makers to best balance water uses at any given time. The objective is to maximize sustainable benefits of available water resources in the wider socio-economic context necessary for sustainable development. The objective of the post therefore is to:

  • Provide strategic advice to the director and operational leadership to water experts and consultants responsible for producing policy briefs, conduct periodic country sector studies and designing toolkits to generate the knowledge necessary to support RMCs capacity building programs in the water resources sector.
  • Act as the Center’s focal point in managing strategic relations and partnerships with consultants and institutional partners, relevant arms of the Bank, regional governments and private sector entities.
  • Oversee advocacy initiatives and coordinate knowledge-building programs implemented by experts in the stated areas of focus

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Manager and working in collaboration with other colleagues, the  Principal Water Resources Economist provides support to AfDB’s water resources development and management activities. In particular:

  1.  Undertake and supervise economic, thematic, and sector work (ESW) in emerging water resource management challenges and identify investment opportunities to promote integrated water resources management and regional cooperation in the water sector.
  2. Undertake water resources modelling on the basis of the “water nexus approach’ in order to advice RMCs in water resources decision making – allocation, equity, use and access
  3. Develop water resources policies, strategies and plans for member countries through the preparation and administration of advisory TA projects.
  4. Evaluate water resources policies and projects; intra-regional and regional cooperation activities in the water sector; and on the role of water in developing rural economies and poverty reduction.
  5. Lead and participate in the production of key policy briefs, position papers and guidelines on water resources; by liaising with government, academia/research institutions, private agencies and NGOs on water use issues, and help the Center develop appropriate responses. This will include responding to enquiries from the media and public,
  6. Organize, originate and/or participate in the production of knowledge management and dissemination of information related to water resources management, including the drafting of Terms of Reference (ToR), the selection of consultants and the supervision of the technical aspects of their work,
  7. Collaborate with Country departments to elaborate Bank’s water resources management and development related policy and programs, and when necessary participate in related policy dialogue with RMC’s governments; including the promotion of sustainable water resources management and development
  8. Identify major opportunities for strategic collaboration with multilateral and bilateral donors to improve the governance of water resources in Africa; by engaging with them on policy advice
  9. Contribute technical inputs to the preparation of country strategy papers and portfolio reviews, with particular reference to the governance of water resources,
  10. Provide technical guidance and mentoring to other NRM experts in the ANRC, the ECON Complex, other relevant departments and the Bank’s Regional and Country offices,
  11. Support the Bank and RMCs in identification, preparation and appraisal of water resources management and development projects.

Selection Criteria

Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience

  1. Hold at least a Master degree or its equivalent in Water Resources Economics; Integrated Water Resources Management, Natural Resources Policy or closely related natural resources management fields of study;
  2. Have a minimum of (6) six years work experience in the sector, international organizations, regulatory environment or a think-tank with a focus in water resource economics, integrated water resource management and the relevant sector and/or function;
  3. A change agent with track record in project design, execution and publishing for internal and external audiences,
  4. Knowledge and hands on experience of sector policy/regulatory environment, regional initiatives in the sector, regional development programs and relevant protocols,
  5. Knowledge management and oversight of advocacy programs,
  6. Designing and implementing programs of advice and capacity building,
  7. Knowledge of the region and water sector environment,
  8. Knowledge of principles of good governance as pertaining to natural resources policy,
  9. Project Management skills
  10. Private sector experience is an added advantage
  11. Innovation & Creativity
  12. Communication,
  13. Strategic planning,
  14. Client orientation,
  15. Team work and relations
  16. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  17. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  18. Experience in the use of SAP is advantageous.


Should you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the issue and/or a screenshot showing the problem to: HR Direct HRDirect@AFDB.ORG

To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.