Administrative and Protocol Assistant at African Development Bank

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  • Company: African Development Bank
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • State: Addis Ababa Jobs
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Banking Jobs in Ethiopia


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 81 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. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa. The Bank is seeking to build a management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.



The Vice Presidency for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery, is responsible for operational relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the Bank Group’s operational programs, and activities. This will ensure that the Bank operates successfully across its Regional Member Countries and oversee the full implementation of all aspects of the Bank’s Regional Directorates.



Within the Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Complex (RDVP), the Bank has five (5) Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery (RDIBD) Directorates, one in each region of Africa:

North, South, East, West, and Central. Each Regional Directorate is headed by a Director General (DG) and is staffed with the relevant sectoral functions and administrative capabilities for rapid delivery of services to client countries. The Regional Directorates provide overall strategic direction to country offices within the regions and are responsible for the Bank’s operations, business development, project management and overall effective delivery of the Bank’s High 5s of ‘Light up and Power Africa,’ ‘Feed Africa,’ ‘Industrialize Africa,’ ‘Integrate Africa,’ ‘Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.’ The position is situated in the Eastern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office, in the Ethiopia Country Office.

The Ethiopia Country Office of the African Development Bank was established primarily to strengthen Bank’s policy dialogue with the Governments of Ethiopia and other stakeholders; develop and implement robust lending program for the Bank; improve performance of the project portfolio and advance aid coordination with other development partners.



The Administrative and Protocol Assistant will report to the Country Manager and work closely with the Team to provide administrative support to the Country Office. He/she will help the Country Manager and the team to smoothen outreach, including administrative and diplomatic interaction with the Government and Government entities/agencies, the diplomatic community and key stakeholders, and in so doing facilitate the administrative, financial and diplomatic activities of the Bank. The Administrative and Protocol Assistant will be responsible for the following:

  1. Receive, process and carefully verify documents to maintain and strengthen the trust of African Development Bank’s partners
  2. Ensure the careful preparation of draft “ Notes Verbales” addressed to the host country and diplomatic missions, with particular attention to preserving the Bank’s good image.
  3. Prepare administrative correspondence addressed to host country authorities, taking into account local contexts and specificities.
  4. Manage the day-to-day affairs with host country and diplomatic missions, in accordance with protocol standards and relevant instruments.
  5. Ensure compliance and fruitful implementation of Partnership/Host Country Agreements
  6. Ensure all Administrative Responsibilities are accomplished.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision and direction of the Country Manger and the Administrative and Finance Officer, the Administrative and Protocol Assistant performs the following:

  1. Receive and process visa applications from staff members of the African Development Bank and their family members.
  2. Prepare Notes Verbales for visa applications
  3. Send visa application/requests to diplomatic missions for missions, holidays, children’s study trips, medical evacuation and transit stays.
  4. File visa documents
  5. On behalf of COET, liaise with various ministries and other host country authorities and with various Diplomatic Missions to accomplish and advance the work and mission of the Bank.
  6. Welcome, receive and assist the AfDB President, elected Bank official, official delegations and guests of the African Development Bank at the Airport; and see them off upon departure.
  7. Keep monthly statistics on visa activities.
  8. Process and follow-up on entry visa applications with relevant ministries, authorities and services.
  9. Ensure that protocol is respected at all Ceremonies and Official Events organized by the Bank.
  10. Ensure that protocol is respected at Bank Group Meetings and other statutory meetings.
  11. Liaise with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and public utility agencies;
  12. Facilitate customs formalities and clear shipments
  13. Facilitate air tickets and arrange accommodations for staffs traveling on mission to and from COET, and for all visiting Bank guests including consultants.
  14. Facilitate the purchase of office consumable items as required;
  15. Handling of petty cash.
  16. Assisting conference organizers in obtaining visas, booking, conference venues, making logistical arrangements;
  17. Manage all public spaces of the office (meeting room, visitors room, library, and kitchen) in terms of scheduling and readiness of meeting rooms prior to each usage (availability, set-up and functionality of all necessary equipment), general upkeep, tidiness, inventory of equipment and supplies and provision of hospitality services
  18. Perform other duties as required/assigned by the Country Manager

Selection Criteria

  1. Hold at least a higher education (Bachelor’degree in Administration, Science, Business Management, Commerce, Administration or related discipline, preferably supplemented with courses in Secretarial Training/Administration/Office Management). A diploma in Public Relations, Diplomacy or Diplomatic Skills will be an added advantage.
  2. At least five (5) years of professional experience in the area of Protocol, Public Relations or Public Administration.
  3. The incumbent should also have work experience in a multicultural environment.
  4. General knowledge of Protocol and similar experience in an intergovernmental organization
  5. Private-sector experience would be an added advantage.
  6. Possess sound knowledge of diplomatic norms and practices.
  7. Able to work under pressure in the dynamic setting of an international and multicultural setting.
  8. Handling speedily and efficiently internal and external requests.
  9. Ability to work and cooperate with others from diverse background
  10. Knowledge of secretarial skills and duties
  11. Knowledge of administration duties
  12. Ability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English or French with a good working knowledge of the other language.
  13. Competence in the use of Bank standard software (SAP, Word, Excel, Access, MS Projects and PowerPoint).
  14. Strong written and verbal communication skills in English. Knowledge of French will be considered as an advantage.


Method of Application

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