Chair, Compliance Review Panel
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 67 members, 48 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 67 members.
The Compliance Review Panel (CRP) is a fact-finding body that reports to the ADB Board of Directors. The CRP chair coordinates with the ADB Board of Directors through the Board Compliance Review Committee (BCRC), a committee of the ADB Board of Directors, that oversees the CRP work on behalf of the ADB Board of Directors. The CRP is led by the CRP Chair and is supported by the Office of the Compliance Review Panel (OCRP) which facilitates the CRP's communication and coordination with the ADB (Board of Directors, Management, and staff). OCRP also conducts awareness-raising programs inside and outside of ADB. The OCRP is headed by the CRP chair.
The position of CRP Chair is assigned to the CRP. The CRP consists of three members, one of whom is the full-time CRP Chair, who is based in ADB’s headquarters, and remaining two members are part-time members, who are called upon when required.
The role of the CRP is to independently investigate complaints received from people affected by ADB-assisted projects and programs to assess whether ADB has complied with its operational policies and procedures and to determine whether such people have suffered direct and material harm or likely harm as a result of non-compliance. The CRP’s function and operation are regulated by the Accountability Mechanism Policy, 2012 (the AM Policy).
Terms and Conditions of Appointment
The position is for a 5-year non-renewable term, requiring work on a full-time basis, and is to be filled by a national of an ADB regional member country. The successful candidate will be required to investigate complaints and perform other tasks as per the responsibilities listed below.
ADB Directors, Alternate Directors, Director's Advisors, Management, staff, and consultants are not eligible to serve on the CRP until at least 3 years have elapsed from the end of their time of employment or position with ADB. After serving on the CRP, panel members will be barred from any future employment with ADB.
Detailed information about the CRP and Accountability Mechanism is available on the Accountability Mechanism's website at http://compliance.adb.org.
- Para 132 of the AM Policy, 2012 provides the full scope of work required of the CRP Chair.
- Processing and investigating complaints from eligible persons, including but not limited to the site visits in relevant countries
- Engaging with relevant parties and stakeholders, including complainants and their representatives including non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) concerned, the relevant government, private sector client, ADB Management and staff, and the ADB Board member representing the country concerned, to obtain a thorough understanding of the issues to be examined during the consideration and undertaking of a compliance review pursuant to the AM Policy
- Coordinating CRP's activities, to the extent appropriate, with compliance review mechanism of other co-financing institutions that may be conducting a separate compliance review of the same project
- Conducting thorough and objective reviews of the compliance by ADB with its operational policies and procedures, as applicable
- Issuing eligibility determination reports, draft and final compliance review reports, and annual monitoring reports of the project to complainants, ADB Management and Board of Directors and the government or private sector client, as relevant
- Serve as the head of the OCRP and have full responsibility for running the OCRP
- Manage the OCRP as an effective, efficient, and independent office, including managing the OCRP’s personnel, budget, and work program under the oversight of the BCRC, and in accordance with ADB rules and procedures
- Assign member(s) of the CRP to conduct compliance review and monitoring tasks in consultation with the BCRC
- Provide regular briefings to the BCRC, which may include the topic of Accountability Mechanism annual report
- Prepare the annual work plan and budget for the CRP and OCRP
- Engage stakeholders in the compliance review process and ensure that compliance review results are communicated to them and the public
- Formulate and implement the OCRP’s work program as approved by the Board, and report to the Board through the BCRC on the activities of the CRP and OCRP
- Provide input to the BCRC’s annual performance feedback to CRP members
- Supervise the Complaint Receiving Officer (CRO) with Special Project Facilitator jointly
- Work with the CRO, Office of Special Project Facilitator (OSPF), and Department of Communications (DOC) to maintain the problem solving and compliance review interfaces in a common ADB Accountability Mechanism website within ADB’s public website to improve the access, coherence, and comprehensiveness of the information
- Ensuring that the AM Policy is faithfully implemented in a timely and professional manner, and that complaints received are handled properly and competently in accordance with the AM Policy
Relevant Experience and Requirements
Master's degree, or equivalent, in Economics, Law, Environment, or Social Development, or related fields; however, a university degree in such fields may be acceptable if combined with specialized and similar experience in similar organization/s:
- Substantial experience in the social, environment, legal or economic development fields, or a related field and demonstrated competence in the field of compliance review or compliance investigation and assessment, including the ability to deal thoroughly and fairly with requests for investigation or redress
- Ability to conduct in-depth investigations of facts and circumstances, undertake required analyses and work constructively and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders on a range of sensitive issues
- Ability to anticipate, manage and respond to divergent views of a wide range of stakeholders
- Highly developed communication and coordination skills to work effectively within ADB (staff, Management, and the Board of Directors) and externally with ADB clients, including governments, private sector clients, other international organizations and civil society
- Excellent command of written and spoken English; knowledge of another language widely spoken in Asia and the Pacific would be an asset
- Knowledge of, and experience with, the operations of ADB or comparable institutions, Government organizations and/or relevant private sector experience
- Exposure to development issues and living conditions in developing countries, including travel to challenging or remote areas in developing countries
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.
The candidate is expected to assume office in ADB headquarters in Manila by 4 June 2019.
Deadline for applications: 6 January 2019.
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