Senior Social Development Officer (Gender)

Asian Development Bank

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…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Senior Level
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    Job Experience : 8+ Years
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    Job Category Development & Project
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    Posted Date : Jul 21, 2022

Job Description

The Senior Social Development Officer (Gender) supports, monitors, and reports on gender equality, women’s empowerment, and social inclusion outcomes in SARD operations in Nepal. The position supports the processing, implementation and administration of gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) related and relevant loans, grants, and technical assistance (TA), and undertake work to assist Government of Nepal in reducing poverty, gender inequalities and improving social inclusiveness and accountability. The position also supports carrying out GESI-related research and analysis; engages with government agencies relevant to ADB operations in Nepal in policy dialogue and capacity development; coordinates closely with development partners on GESI issues; and provides inputs to ADB’s activities to support the adequate integration of gender equality, women’s empowerment, and social inclusion aspects in operations. The incumbent will report to Country Director and or  designated international staff (IS) and will supervise administrative staff (AS).


  1. Strategy and Planning
  • Assists in the formulation and update of the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) by contributing to prepare and/or update the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Diagnostic of Selected Sectors; and by providing inputs to other relevant documents e.g., Inclusive and Sustainable Growth Assessment, mid-term CPS Review, and annual updates.
  • Contributes to country programming activities by identifying opportunities for GESI mainstreaming in operational strategies to be reflected in country programming documents and Indicative Country Pipeline and Monitoring Reports, among others.
  • Keeps ADB updated on key GESI issues and initiatives of the Government of Nepal that would inform ADB strategies and interventions.
  • Prepares background and issue papers on policy reforms on GESI-related aspects across all sectors of ADB operations.
  • Participates in country portfolio and performance reviews and identifies GESI mainstreaming concerns.
  1. Project Preparation, Implementation and Administration
  • Supports the mainstreaming of GESI in the preparation, implementation, and administration of assigned loans, grants, and TAs; and engaging pro-actively and independently with NRM staff, SARD sector divisions, the Office of the Director General (SAOD), SDCC, and other relevant HQ Departments/units, government agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs) and development partners to ensure adequate visibility of GESI in SARD pipeline and portfolio of operations. This will involve:
    • Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nepal operations not only in support of stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 but also, in the mainstreaming of gender-related targets and indicators across the other SDGs.
    • Contributing to the implementation of Strategy 2030 Operational Plan for Priority 2 (OP2): Accelerating Gender Equality (and OP2’s intersection with Operational Plan for Priority 1: Addressing Remaining Poverty and Reducing Inequalities) in Nepal operations.
    • Ensuring adequate incorporation of consultation and participation (C&P) approaches and role of civil society in the design of designated ADB operations.
    • Providing quality GESI inputs in loan projects and programs across all sectors, with emphasis on summary of poverty reduction and social strategy (SPRSSs), GESI analysis and evidence-based gender action plans (GAPs) or GESI action plans (GESI-APs) informed by SMART indicators, and relevant sections of the RRP and Project Administration Manuals (PAMs), and inputs to project mission report, including Aide Memoires and Back-To-Office Reports (BTORs).
    • Monitoring the implementation of GAPs/GESI-APs in country operations and drafting relevant sections of project and TA completion reports (PCRs/TCRs), incl. GAP/GESI-AP implementation matrix and narrative in the PCR appendix.
    • Identifying issues requiring remedial actions and address them through interactions with EAs/IAs, contractors, consultants, and project beneficiaries.
    • Contributes to developing and administering stand-alone or attached GESI-related grants and TAs, to enhance GESI results and impacts of SARD operations.
  1. Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Development
  • Contributes to GESI thematic work in Nepal by assisting in research, updating information, analyzing financial, institutional, or economic data, and preparing relevant reports.
  • Supports the identification, conceptualization, development, and review of high quality and in-depth knowledge products relating to GESI.
  • Contributes to develop GESI capacities of ADB’s EAs/IAs by conducting training and capacity development activities -based on the SARD Training Manual and Modules- for government officials and project staff.
  • Participates in and contributes to internal and external training and conferences on gender equality, as well as support activities on advocacy, dissemination, and knowledge sharing.
  1. Other Support

Required Qualification & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences (e.g., sociology, anthropology), social and/or economic development, gender and development, public policy, or related fields, with demonstrated professional, field, and operational experience in adapting GESI concepts to operations. Preferably with advanced training.
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in project management and implementation, in sectors relevant to ADB operations; and at least 4 years of supervisory experience
  • Experience and knowledge of stages of project cycle (project planning, feasibility analysis, detailed design, project implementation and completion, construction supervision and contract management).
  • Good understanding of ADB’s guidelines and policies and programs of the Government of Nepal on gender equality, women empowerment and social inclusion
  • Effective technical report-writing and oral communication skills in English, with ability to communicate in Nepali
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with counterpart governments as well as a range of multilateral and bilateral donors.
  • Solid analytical, organizational, and negotiation skills.
  • Strong planning and organizing skills to handle a multitude of tasks withing given timeframes.
  • Strong leadership qualities and interpersonal skills.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for National Staff Levels 3 – 4.

How to Apply

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.