African Development Bank

The African Development Bank was founded in 1964 with the overarching objective of spurring sustainable economic development and social progress in regional member countries, thus contributing to poverty reduction.

The AfDBAfrican Development Bank Group mobilises and allocates resources for investment in African member countries and provides policy advice and technical assistance to support development in the areas of:

  • universal access to electricity
  • agricultural transformation
  • economic diversification
  • regional market
  • access to social and economic opportunities

In recent years, the AfDB has set a special focus on fragile states, gender, and food security.

In addition to the Bank, the AfDB Group comprises two affiliates: the African Development Fund (AfDF), established in 1972, and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF), providing support to the poorest regional member countries.

Switzerland and AfDBAfrican Development Bank

Switzerland, as one of 27 non-African members, has supported the AfDF since its foundation in 1972 and has been a part of AfDB since 1982.
> Read more about Switzerland's cooperation with AfDB on SECO's website and on AfDB's website.

There are currently less than 0.4% Swiss employees at AfDB. For this reason, the Swiss Government has an interest in attracting more Swiss nationals to work for the AfDB. 
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Career opportunities

AfDB regularly looks for a broad range of profiles in accordance with its needs, particularly in the following areas:

  • banking, finance, economics and accounting
  • IT & engineering
  • procurement
  • energy & transport
  • water & sanitation
  • risk management
  • agribusiness
  • health
  • education

For experienced professionals

Professionals with a Master’s degree and at least 5 years of experience in a field relevant to AfDB’s work are regularly sought for mid-career and senior-level staff positions, including short-term positions, or consultancies.

For young professionals

The following programmes are an excellent way for young professionals or students to gain first-hand knowledge of AfDBAfrican Development Bank 's work or build a network for future aspirations:

Application and selection process

Staff positions: Applications for staff vacancies are processed through AfDB’s e-recruitment system. Before an interview takes place, candidates may be required to complete a written test. Following the interview, an offer will be emailed to the successful candidate. At AfDB, the selection process, from the time an advertisement is closed until an offer is extended, takes around two months.

Short-term staff positions: Register in this database to become available for short-term assignments at AfDB headquarters in Abidjan.

Consultancies/Candidate databases: When looking for a specific profile for a short- or medium-term consultancy, AfDB hiring managers may screen profiles submitted through the e-recruitment system. It is therefore highly recommended to keep your profile and contact information in the database up to date. Long-term consultancies are advertised on AfDB’s career website.

Employment conditions

AfDB offers attractive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package, with international staff receiving relocation and education grants, home leave, as well as other utilities and allowances if based in the field.

Below is an indicative overview of representative job titles and approximate salary in each staff category:

Around 60% of AfDBAfrican Development Bank 's staff work from headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and 40% from AfDB's 36 offices on the African continent.

Career development

AfDB sees career development as both the employee’s and the institution’s responsibility. Staff members are encouraged to clearly identify their developmental needs, skills gaps and career aspirations, and AfDB provides support through training, mobility, and other programmes to ensure that staff achieve objectives. The Mobility Programme allows staff that have held a position for at least three years to initiate a transfer within or between job families to explore the Bank’s activities from a different angle and maximise their potential.

Open now – YPP applications

The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a three year leadership opportunity for the African development Bank’s future leaders.

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Why work for AfDB

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