Chief of Water Sector Group

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Manila, Philippines
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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This is a senior staff fixed-term appointment for a period of 3 years. This vacancy is open to internal and external applicants.

If the selected candidate is an external hire, the appointment may be extended for a period of up to 3 years per extension, or not renewed. In case of extension, staff may continue in the position for another term of up to 3 years, or be reassigned to any suitable position in ADB.

The same terms and conditions also apply to a selected internal candidate. In addition, if the staff selected has a regular appointment, staff will retain the regular appointment and his/her selection will be considered an assignment for an initial fixed period of 3 years. If the staff selected has a fixed term appointment, his/her appointment will cease, and he/she will be given a new fixed term appointment for an initial term of 3 years.

Fixed-term appointments or assignments are subject to Section 3 of Administrative Order (AO) 2.01 (Recruitment and Appointment) and Section 8 of AO 2.03 (Selection, Talent and Position Management) and its Appendices.

Whether the selected candidate is internal or external, and regardless of the type of appointment, any extension of staff beyond age 60 shall be subject to such terms and conditions determined by ADB, including, where relevant, those provided in Section 10 of AO 2.05 (Termination Policy) and its Appendices.


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and 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 fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position is assigned in the Water Sector Group (WSG), Service Delivery Sector Cluster (SDSC WAT) within the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department. The Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) provides leadership, innovation, and knowledge sharing for ADB's sector and thematic work. The Chief of WSG will be responsible for SDSC WAT to carry out the SDCC mandate for the WSG, which his headed by the Water Sector Committee, as well as to liaise and maintain a strong partnership with external partners.

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Job Purpose

The Chief of WSG will be responsible for ensuring the successful planning and implementation of the SDSC WAT workplan and program of work. The Chief of WSG heading SDSC WAT will direct the following tasks (i) leading SDCC objectives across the water sector including all subsectors such water supply, sanitation, wastewater, irrigation and drainage, integrated flood risk management, water resources management, and climate change and resilience; (ii) develop and direct the program of work for SDSC WAT in coordination with the operations departments; (iii) leading SDSC WAT as the Secretariat for the Water Sector Committee; and (iv) supporting more generally the WSG at large. Importantly, the Chief of WSG is expected to have an established regional and global network of water-related and other relevant organizations, including financing donors, and to grow this network and leverage it effectively to support SDSC WAT and ADB objectives. The Chief will lead needed support for SDCC related and broader corporate initiatives as well as ensure effective SDSC WAT operational and project support and knowledge service to the operational departments. The incumbent will report to Chief Sector Officer, Office of the Cluster Head, SDCC and will supervise International Staff, National Staff, and Administrative Staff.


Leadership and Strategic Management

  • Lead, establish and cascade the two-yearly SDSC WAT WSG Work Plans; the forthcoming Water Sector Framework 2021-2030 - A Water-secure and Resilient Asia Pacific; Operational Priority Plans in support of ADB's Strategy 2030.
  • Provide leadership in all WSG technical and operational matters, in close collaboration with the WSG, taking the lead in contributing new or innovative approaches to policy and operational issues.
  • Facilitate effective internal communication and foster the WSG environment conducive to achieving high staff morale and motivation.

Strategic Operations Support

  • Develop and maintain sector policies, strategies, operational plans and frameworks, and directional papers. Monitor operations trends against the directions set out by these corporate documents.
  • Foster and drive innovation thought leadership and future looking Bank-wide initiatives to help develop future business.
  • Organize peer review for Country Partnership Strategies, sector assessments, technical assistances and projects and provide advice on project implementation issues to ensure high impact solutions and outcomes.
  • Prepare and implement WSG work plan in consultation with SG Chair, Operations Heads of Department, and sector directors.
  • Work in partnership with other SGs and Thematic Groups (TGs) to develop collaborative and integrated solutions to complex development challenges and develop cross-cutting initiatives.

Knowledge Management and Knowledge Sharing

  • Promote best practices and knowledge, by bringing in global/regional best practices to ADB and promoting ADB's best practice externally. Identify and develop knowledge in new emerging areas and develop flagship events, studies and publications to produce seminal knowledge as the basis for future operations.
  • Promote innovative and cross-cutting research, as well as the dissemination of technical knowledge and learning.
  • Provide corporate knowledge support, including reporting, briefing papers, speeches, and support to corporate initiatives.
  • Ensure timely flow and capture of knowledge and expertise so that clients receive the highest quality support and knowledge they need, when and where they need it.
  • Lead WSG engagement relevant external events to exchange knowledge through ADB presentations of knowledge or projects as well as participation.

WSG Management

  • Ensure the WSG remains at the forefront of the global development debate on regional issues
  • Lead and facilitate effective WSG coordination and cooperation with other SGs and TGs, departments and internal stakeholders.
  • Drive and inspire technical excellence within the WSG by creating an environment of learning and innovation.
  • Manage budget and resource allocations of the WSG.

Human Resource and Talent Management

  • Contribute to the recruitment and talent management of technical staff across the Bank.
  • Facilitate (in collaboration with Operations VPs) interdepartmental mobilization of staff resources as required, including identifying projects/programs which require interdepartmental teams.


  • Manage, grow and leverage global/regional partnerships (donors, private sector, academia, civil society organizations and development community).
  • Work with Partner Funds Division in SDCC Strategic Partnership Division in Strategy and Partnerships Department in influencing the mobilization of external co-financing (grants, investments, and concessional loans)
  • Lead and manage the Water Financing Partnership Facility including strategic communication and fundraising.
  • Lead collaboration across ADB and with partners drawing on robust professional networks.

Staff Supervision

  • Manage the performance of staff providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to staff and ensure their on-going learning and development.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's degree in Water Engineering, Water Resources Management, Economics, Planning or other relevant fields.
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant international development experience in the water sector with strong preference given to experience in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Ideally the candidate should have broad water experience with knowledge of more than on water sub-sector.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for level IS7 and IS8.

General Considerations

The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. 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.