Investment Specialist / 230254

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)


Reference Number 230254
Position Level IS 4
Department Private Sector Operations Department
Division Infrastructure Finance Division 2
Location Asian Development Bank Headquarters
Date Posted Friday, May 5, 2023
Closing Date Friday, May 19, 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).


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 in the Infrastructure Finance 2 Division (PSIF2) within the Private Sector Operations Department (PSOD). PSIF2 is responsible for deal identification and processing, up to signing, for nonsovereign infrastructure projects in East Asia, the Pacific and Southeast Asia.

PSOD provides investment capital to private sector entrepreneurs, corporates and project sponsors, as well as financial intermediaries, such as banks, throughout developing Asia. It catalyzes, structures, and funds investments in privately held and state-sponsored companies across a wide range of industry sectors. Its emphasis is on commercially viable transactions that generate financial returns while also delivering on ADB’s organization-wide mission to promote environmentally sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

Job Purpose

The Investment Specialist will support the origination, development, due diligence, approval and implementation of private sector infrastructure financing projects, contribute to the development of country partnership strategy, and monitor the development impact of the portfolio and ensure key issues are considered and proper risk management is applied. The incumbent will have primary reporting arrangements to Director, PSIF2. The incumbent may supervise reporting staff.


a. Project Development and Processing

  • Supports in the origination of a pipeline of private sector infrastructure finance projects and screens investment opportunities in the PRC and Mongolia.
  • Undertakes and manages the necessary due diligence, financial modeling, risk analysis and mitigation in the structuring of loans, equity investments, technical assistance, co-financing or other forms of ADB assistance
  • Leads the internal approval process including interface with credit, safeguards, integrity, legal and other teams as well as management and the Board
  • With the support of internal and external counsel, ensures that appropriate legal documentation is successfully concluded for all deals in line with approvals and that financial close (i.e., first disbursement) is achieved in a timely fashion
  • Leads and undertakes the implementation and the hand-over of administration of private sector infrastructure programs and projects, ensuring compliance with required guidelines, policies and procedures as well as agreed covenants and reporting requirements up to financing effectiveness.

b. External Liaison

  • Facilitates or leads active relationships with commercial lenders and other financial partners in the region and beyond as well as with developers, investors and governments in the PRC and Mongolia
  • Assesses and structures transactions to maximize the potential for commercial co-financing and catalyzing of additional sources of capital

c. Country Partnership Strategy and Project Evaluation

  • Provides strategic inputs and comments on country partnership strategy and other papers related to private sector operations and development across a range of key themes and sectors

d. Staff Supervision

  • Provides leadership and support to reporting staff
  • Supervises the performance of reporting staff, provides clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance
  • Ensures the on-going learning and development of reporting staff


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent; University degree relevant to assigned sector combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
  • At least 8 years work experience preferably in private sector finance, including hands-on experience in processing investments for infrastructure projects, analyzing credit risks, structuring transactions, syndicating financing and other related commercial banking activities;
  • Experience working in at least one of the following sectors: power, environmental infrastructure, water and wastewater, and transport.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • International experience working in development in several countries, preferably in East Asia.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 4.

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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