Senior HR Administration Assistant, CHHR2


African Development Bank Group (AfDB) - Established in 1964, the African Development Bank 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). 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Position: Senior HR Administration Assistant, CHHR2

Reference: ADB/17/029/3
Job Location: Africa
Grade: GS8
Position N°: 50000457

The Complex

  • The Vice-Presidency, Human Resources and Corporate Services (CHVP) ensures the delivery of efficient, people-centered, client-oriented, corporate services to ensure overall institutional effectiveness in all aspects of the Bank’s corporate services.
  • The complex leads efforts to ensure the competitiveness of the Bank as the employer of choice and is responsible for providing leadership in the formulation and implementation of Bank’s strategies on people, IT, general services and institutional procurements, language services, business continuity and, health and safety strategies.

The Hiring Department/Division
The role of the Human Resources Management department is to develop and execute a People Strategy, Policies, processes and practices which will enable the Bank to achieve its strategic Agenda. Core to the HR Strategy will be the attraction, development, engagement, motivation and retention of a best-in-class workforce.

In order to create a truly transformed HR work-way, CHHR department is structured around a triangular Model: Business Partnerships for strategy, client contracting and HR delivery, Centers of Expertise/Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for internal consulting, thought leadership, design, talent and staff development and training and best practice benchmarking, HR Shared Services for transactional excellence and employees outreach. This new HR Model will deliver a world-class employee life-cycle experience.

Within the Human Resources Department (CHHR), HR Shared Services (CHHR.2) is responsible to the administration of employee, management of benefits, HR processes and data center.

The Position

  • The Senior HR Administration Assistant will be assigned to a moderate range of technical support assignments in HR administration.
  • The incumbent will process transactions in HRIS to perform specialized tasks.
  • S/he is responsible for carrying out administrative tasks related to HR administration and for assisting HR teams in providing statistics and data for decision support.
  • The position holder works closely with the HR Administration Officer.
  • Accountabilities are set for the HR activity in his/her area of responsibility - complex, field office or special contracts.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the immediate supervision of the HR Administration Officer, and the overall supervision of the Division Manager CHHR2, the incumbent will undertake the following Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform day-to-day office management duties and provide assistance to other colleagues in the accomplishment of Division tasks when required.
  • Participate to continuous business improvements and HRIS projects for automation.
  • Provide administrative support to Personal administration and HR processes by:
    • Assisting in the process of reference checks for employees to verify a range of candidate information, including employment history, academic qualifications and security checks.
    • Collecting approval of individual HR action decided, update HR master data and follow up until completion.
    • Tracking staff movements within and without the Bank.
    • Maintaining and updating information on probation periods and fixed-term contracts of staff members.
    • Preparing HR Administrative documents and decisions relating to regular and short term staff, Technical Assistants, Secondees, Project Staff and others. These documents include new staff appointment contracts, and contract renewals, staff promotions and any other work related to contract processing.
    • Maintaining templates and letters for staff separation, staff assumption of duty, transfers, promotions, contract renewals, confirmations, leave without pay and staff testimonials.
    • Ensuring, in liaison with Records section, that electronic and hard copy personnel files are up-to-date.
    • Monitoring staff probation periods and process staff confirmation.
    • Undertaking the maintenance of the contract renewals/probationary periods in the Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) systems.
    • Undertaking administration of staff dependents for new hires and update / changes by staff in liaise with HR Records section.
    • Assist staff members with administrative procedures for adoption.
    • Working with Shared Services teams, HR Benefits; HR Payroll; HR Master Data & HR Employee Help Desk in problem resolution and treatment of queries from employees.
    • Assisting in the administration of assumption of duty of Bank staff, Technical Assistants, Secondees, and Project Staff and also the administration of assumption of Staff transfers/Staff movements including Promotions, employment terminations.
    • Drafting statistics on recruitment, staff mobility, transfers and promotion.

Selection Criteria
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Hold at least a Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent in Human Resources Management, Information Systems, Business Management or other related disciplines.
  • Have a minimum of six (6) years of relevant practical working experience in progressive positions.
  • Excellent levels of initiative, enthusiasm, team spirit and organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrates tact and diplomacy in dealing with clients and other team members.
  • Operational effectiveness.
  • Communication.
  • Good planning and monitoring skills will be highly desirable.
  • A relevant and practical experience in Human Resources Management, Staff and Legal counselling will be an asset.
  • Proactive, solution oriented individual, keen to resolve challenges through innovation.
  • Ability to implement continual improvement activities to processes, with a keen eye for detail.
  • Ability to multitask, meet strict deadlines and work under a pressure.
  • Ability to work independently and coordinate with peers and other HR experts in a multidisciplinary multicultural team.
  • Problem solving.
  • Client orientation.
  • Team working and relations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Good knowledge of the use of standard software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and SAP). Good typing skills is highly desirable.


Note: This position is classified international status and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.