Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development

  • Position title: Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development
  • Grade: EL3
  • Position N°: N/A
  • Reference: N/A
  • Publication date: 14/06/2016
  • Closing date: 01/07/2016
  • Country: Côte d’Ivoire


The African Development Bank (the Bank) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative interventions that will significantly reduce poverty, through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. It is Africa's voice on global economic, financial and development issues. The Bank will focus its investments around five priority areas, High 5’s: light up and power Africa; feed Africa; industrialize Africa; integrate Africa; and improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. The Bank is building a world-class senior management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.​

Duties and responsibilities

​The Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development (VP, AHSD) will develop and launch the Bank’s Africa-wide agricultural transformation agenda. S/he will work with Member countries and the private sector to drive agricultural industrialization and to deliver inclusive and sustainable transformation initiatives.

Selection Criteria

The VP, AHSD must have a global reputation and expertise in agriculture programme delivery with a proven track-record in leveraging the transformative power of agriculture to achieve broader development objectives. S/he will have the experience and credibility to mobilise stakeholders, convene international partners, and lead major transformation initiatives.
The role reports to the President and requires a minimum of 15 years of proven leadership and relevant experience; an advanced degree in a related field of study is also required. Fluency in English and/or French, with a working knowledge of the other language is required.
A position specification with further information about the role will shortly be posted on the Russell Reynolds Associates website. In the meantime, please call +44 (0) 20 7343 3616 for any further assistance.
The African Development Bank Group has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment. To apply, please send a full CV together with a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4, briefly highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role, to: AFDB@russellreynolds.com . Please quote the role title and assignment code P1605-083L in the subject heading of the email.
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