The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is looking for a Conference and Meetings Coordinator. This position is only open to nationals of AfDB's member countries and the application deadline is 10 April 2019.
The Conference and Meetings Coordinator reports to the Secretary General and supervises the Conference and Meetings Section whose main functions is to: (i) strategically plan and efficiently organize internal and external conferences, meetings and events; (ii) install and manage conference infrastructure and information technology in the board rooms, meeting rooms and specific areas at the Bank’s Headquarters, Temporary Relocation A (TRA), regional hubs and country offices; and (iii) Assess and manage conference facilities in the member countries hosting the Annual Meetings
The Coordinator’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Assisting the Secretary General to lead and coordinate the planning and organization of all conferences and meetings of the Bank both at Headquarters and beyond, including coordinating and ensuring logistics for the Annual Meetings liaising with all relevant stakeholders within and outside the Bank;
Elaborating, updating and implementing the Bank’s Guidelines on Conferences and Meetings ;
Revamping and stabilizing the Bank’s calendar of Meetings, conferences and events and ensuring its publication on the Bank’s Intranet and public website;
Overseeing the management of conferences and meetings infrastructure and technology;
Working with the various stakeholder units of the Bank to oversee and manage registration for the Annual Meetings of the Bank; and
Contributing to the drafting of all meetings-related agreements and memoranda of understanding as well as aide memoires for preparatory and assessment missions and leading related negotiations.
Duties and responsibilities
Specific accountabilities of the function: Manage a section that leads, supervises and coordinates the strategic, operational and logistical activities necessary for the organisation of internal and external conferences and meetings of the Bank.
Plan and manage all conferences and meetings organized or co-organized by the Bank;
Lead negotiations of all conferences and meetings-related agreements and memoranda of understanding as well as aide memoires for preparatory and assessment missions;
Set objectives, formulate policies, establish priorities, define and monitor the key performance indicators of the section;
Ensure that the section produces high-quality outputs within available resources, by making the best use of its human, financial and technological assets, and by monitoring and enforcing efficiency targets;
Work together with the Protocol Division to provide logistical support for ceremonies and events in a seamless manner;
Supervise budget preparation in relation to conference and meetings and follow its execution, and advise the Secretary General on the budgetary and financial impacts of the section’s functions;
Monitor best practice and, as appropriate, liaise with counterparts in other organizations;
Promote the sharing of best practice across the Bank;
Represent the department, as needed, in bank-wide working groups;
Propose the appropriate organizational structure of the section, assigning staff and material resources based on priorities and workload, and provide guidance on work-related matters;
Assess the training needs of staff in the section, monitor and evaluate their performance, and recommend personnel actions to the Secretary General;
Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Secretary General.
Including desirable skills, knowledge and experience
Hold at least a Master’s degree in Conference and Events Management, Logistics Management, International Relations, Public Administration, Business Administration or related disciplines.
A minimum of eight (8) years of extensive and progressive experience in a similar organization, with managerial level experience in conference management.
Innovation and creativity
Team working and relations
Solid experience in planning and organizing meetings and conferences and implementing technology strategies in international organizations.
Demonstrated strong leadership qualities, diplomacy and technical excellence and an established operational track record of excellence in achieving results;
Ability to anticipate problems proactively deal with them (able to predict potential problems and provide appropriate solutions, i.e. manage contingencies) by supervising and monitoring the performance of staff before, during and after an event.
Knowledge of the relevant rules and procedures of the Bank.
Uses industry/business trends knowledge to develop and drive improvements which give competitive advantage and contribute to client’s satisfaction;
Proactively proposes value-added operational solutions to clients based on understanding of business requirement and current market trends;
Takes initiative to improve policies/programmes and products in order to maximise efficiency;
Engages, supports and motivates the team to implement efficient ways of doing things;
Communicates and shares information with external (e.g.: service providers, etc.) and internal conference and meetings team, clients, Bank technical services, etc.;
Ability to deliver quality initiatives in order to enhance team's performance;
Train and motivate the conference and meetings team.
Fluency in English or French (Spoken, Written). A good working knowledge of the other language is desirable.
Competence in the use of standard Bank software (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and SAP).
Familiar IT with Conference Infrastructure systems and electronic systems set up and operations.
How to Apply
Further details on the position and application process can be found here.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier multi-lateral development finance institution fostering economic growth and social progress in Africa. The AfDB’s primary goal is to reduce poverty and improve living standards by mobilising resources in and outside Africa, and providing financial and technical assistance for development projects and programs in Africa.