Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank was conceived in the early 1960s as a financial institution that would be Asian in character and foster economic growth and cooperation in one of the poorest regions in the world.

The Asian Development Bank aims for an Asia and Pacific free from poverty. Its mission is to help developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. ADBAsian Development Bank operations are designed to support the three complementary agendas of inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. ADB employs its limited resources in its areas of comparative strength—the core areas of: Infrastructure - Environment - Regional cooperation and integration - Finance sector development and Education.

ADBAsian Development Bank ’s headquarters is in Manila, Philippines. It has 67 members, including 48 from the Asia-Pacific region. As ADB’s operations grow, our presence has expanded to 29 country offices, which includes three representative offices in Tokyo, Frankfurt, and Washington, DC. About 25% of ADB’s staff are based in country offices. 

Switzerland and ADB

Switzerland is one of the 19 non-regional members of ADB. It became a member in 1967 and has contributed and committed $567.76 million to Special Funds since joining in 1967.
> Read more about Switzerland's cooperation with the ADB on SECO's website and in ADB's brochure

Less than 1% of all ADB staff are Swiss nationals. Therefore, the Swiss Government has an interest in attracting more Swiss nationals to work for the ADB. 
Learn about our services for Swiss nationals

Career opportunities

ADB regularly seeks candidates in the following areas:

  • environment, including climate change
  • regional cooperation and integration
  • finance sector development
  • energy and transport
  • education
  • health
  • investment
  • procurement
  • IT
  • risk management
  • agriculture
  • disaster and emergency assistance

For experienced professionals

Professionals with over 5 years of experience in a field relevant to ADB’s work are regularly sought for mid-career to senior level staff positions.

ADB further offers consultancies for individuals with at least three years of relevant experience.

For young professionals

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

Employment conditions

In addition to competitive remuneration, ADB offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical insurance for staff and their dependents, life and disability insurance, leave, benefits for contingent events and retirement benefits. Additional benefits may be provided to international staff if they meet the eligibility criteria for the particular benefit. Remuneration and benefits for ADB staff are adjusted in line with the appropriate global or local market where the position is recruited and are tax-exempt for most member country nationals.

Also see the indicative overview of representative job titles in ADB’s international staff categories and the respective approximate salary.

Of ADB's rougly 3,000 staff members, around 60% work at headquarters and 40% in the field. Most international staff members are appointed to Manila headquarters.

Application and selection process

Applications for current staff vacancies are processed via ADB's Career and Employment System (ACES). Create your profile and apply for a specific vacancy through the ACES. You will then be able to follow the status of your application.

Consultancies are advertised on a separate platform called the Consultant Management System (CMS). Create your profile, search, and apply for a specific consultancy.

ADB keeps a pool of candidates that allows hiring departments to identify candidates for new open positions. Candidates are identified through shortlists of current vacancies, explanatory interviews during recruitment missions, or through anticipated vacancies advertised on the career website.

Career development

At ADB, most career advancement is vacancy-driven. Employees can apply for a new position after completing the first year of their appointment. They are expected to stay at the same level for at least two years. It is, however, recommended to stay in the same division or department for 3 or 4 years before exploring other options.

Webinar on Working for ADB

Listen to useful application tips and insights on career opportunities from ADB recruiters during a webinar held on 2015.

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