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Senior Education Officer

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Solomon Islands
Posted date:
March 7, 2023
Close date:
March 20, 2023
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Job Description

Reference Number: 220275

Position Level: NS 5

Department: Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department

Division: Education SG, SDSC

Location: Asian Development Bank

Date Posted: Monday, February 20, 2023

Closing Date: Monday, March 20, 2023 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT)


ADB will be rolling-out its operating model which may result in the change of department/group and/or reporting arrangement(s). By proceeding with your application, you acknowledge and accept the possibility of such changes resulting from the new operating model (NOM).

This is a re-advertisement. Previous applicants need not apply. Applications received in response to previous posting will be considered together with applications received in response to this advertisement.

This is a special fixed-term appointment for a period of three (3) years following Section 3.1 (c.) of Administrative Order No. 2.01 (“Recruitment and Appointment’). This appointment is not convertible to a regular appointment. It may be extended on exceptional basis for a further fixed period at the option of ADB. This appointment is open to internal and external applicants.

This vacancy is a regional staff position with local remuneration package. It is open to nationals and permanent residents residing in the duty station, Solomon Islands and ADB member countries in the Pacific region such as Australia Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.


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 to the Education Sector Group (SDSC-EDU) within the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) and will be strategically placed in Social Sectors and Public Sector Management Division (PASP) within the Pacific Department (PARD).

The SDCC provides leadership, innovation, and knowledge sharing for ADB’s sector and thematic work. The Education Sector Group is responsible for providing policy advice, operational support, and knowledge expertise in mainstreaming priorities in education sector in ADB operations. PARD is responsible for maintaining client relations and delivering ADB assistance to countries in the Pacific region. PASP manages loan, grant, technical assistance and knowledge products relating to the social sectors, education, health, social protection, public sector management, and gender (inclusive of cross divisional support). PASP also manages the PARD-wide economic work and work on fragility as this relates to ADB's efforts to support Fragile and Conflict Afflicted Situations (FCAS).

Job Purpose

The Senior Education Officer will support mission teams in administering and processing education loans, technical assistance (TA) projects, and non-lending products and services for projects and TA in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Nauru. The position will support the identification and application of innovative education approaches most appropriate in early childhood, K-12 education, technical and vocational education and training, and higher education. The position will oversee the processing and implementation of education projects by ensuring compliance with ADB standards and requirements.

The incumbent will be strategically placed in PASP within PARD and will be outposted in Pacific Country Office in Solomon Islands (PLCO) for an initial period of 3 years. The incumbent will receive technical guidance and support from designated International Staff from PLCO, Director, PASP, and the Education Sector Group of the SDCC (SDSC-EDU). Chief, SDSC-EDU and Director, PASP will provide supervisory inputs to the incumbent’s annual workplan and performance review, to be endorsed by Director PASP. Day to day administrative matters will be managed by designated International Staff in PLCO. The incumbent may supervise an Administrative Staff.


  • Contribute to the development, articulation, and review of policies and strategies in human development, especially in education and skills development, in close partnerships with government counterparts and concerned stakeholders.
  • Share technical knowledge and experience in education, while incorporating health, gender equality, social protection, and disaster and pandemic response aspects, climate resiliency;
  • Support, propose and incorporate emerging, successful, and best-practice education and skills development approaches within proposed projects/programs including Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use (e.g., open online courses, popular ICT platforms), and public private partnerships in education, etc.
  • Support the identification of opportunities for ADB support for new education projects, based on interaction with clients and concerned stakeholders, and informed by sound sector analysis.
  • As a project team member, actively support administering loans, grants, and TA projects to deliver intended development results, and timely identifying and resolving problems, and supporting regular monitoring and review missions.
  • Support the preparation of education-related project evaluations and completion reports.
  • Lead the coordination of consultations and knowledge sharing events conducted in-country related to the education sector.
  • Develop, and maintain an appropriate professional network within and outside ADB (e.g., donor coordination meeting) to keep abreast of latest developments in the sector and develop and share his/her own knowledge and experience.
  • Support the implementation and monitoring of PASP’s annual work programs in the education sector.
  • Perform any other duties as may be required as indicated in the incumbent’s workplan.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in technology, engineering, social science, finance, education, public policy, or other relevant fields, preferably with Master’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of 12 years of relevant professional experience in designing and implementing education projects
  • Proactive solution seeker.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Experience in PARD countries will be an asset.
  • Proven record of strong adaptability to diverse clients and colleagues, and teamwork.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for National Staff level 5

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.

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