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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent and Eye-opening experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Tunis, MI
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Tunis, MI

    I worked at African Development Bank as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to move between teams or sectors which you can build varios sectors or types of jobs, but you need to actively seek for your potential supervisor who is willing and able to support your move to his/her team. Overall it was a great opportunity to see various aspects of international development fields

    Cons

    As an intern I did not see any cons at AfDB

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Wasted potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economist in Tunis, MI
    Current Employee - Economist in Tunis, MI

    I have been working at African Development Bank full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to be positioned to make the difference on the African continent. Had potential to do it through innovative thinking and meritocratic appointment particularly at senior management level

    Cons

    Dysfunctional organization, Appointment not based on merit but connection,

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Great Learning Experience, for a short period of time.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Economic Research Assistant in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Contractor - Economic Research Assistant in Cairo (Egypt)

    I have been working at African Development Bank as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    (1) Expose yourself to the work of International Development Organizations
    (2) Understand the underlying dynamics and growth drivers of African Economies
    (3) Autonomous culture, small office size, know most people by name
    (4) Prestigious institution (Good name to have on your resume)
    (5) If employed as a "professional staff members," a generous compensation package can be expected.

    Cons

    (1) if employed on a short-term contract, below-average compensation
    (2) not easy to convince managers to innovate (large organization with standardized procedures)
    (3) learning curve variable depending on which office you work in and who your mentor is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (1) Increase compensation for short-term staff members to match market levels
    (2) Eliminate the Masters requirement for a short-term staff member to be a "professional."
    (3) Launch training programs for newly recruited staff members
    (4) Allow more room for innovation and produce more technical reports skewed to serve public policy with action-oriented recommendations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great people; disorganized institution

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Junior Consultant in Borj Oulad Lara (Tunisia)
    Current Contractor - Junior Consultant in Borj Oulad Lara (Tunisia)

    I have been working at African Development Bank as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The Bank is willing to pay for good people so the calibre of staff is quite high. There is lots of opportunity to learn and bring new ideas to the table.

    Cons

    Organization is split between field offices. Because of this, communication can be hard, especially in terms of getting project updates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    I grew tremendously in person and professionally. I was able to mantain high level of professionalism despite challenges

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in La Goulette (Tunisia)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in La Goulette (Tunisia)

    I worked at African Development Bank as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    You learn alot from diversity in backgrounds and culture. The earnings are reasonable too!

    Cons

    Very behind in innovation and most staff don't take initiative in doing something new. There are also many red tapes that slow down approvals, which is very demotivating. Things move really slowly, making it very hard for inspired and creative souls to cherish working there for long despite the huge perks. There is misguided competition for attention among staff that causes unnecessary stress as some departments have adapted a "you-are-my-friend" policy to rewards and promotions instead of merits and performance-based reward culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit the "favourites" culture and reward personnel based on merits and outstanding performance!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Member of the Board

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Board Member in Bārdaw (Tunisia)
    Former Employee - Board Member in Bārdaw (Tunisia)

    I worked at African Development Bank full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly qualified people, from 77 countries

    Cons

    Lack of effective internal and external counterpowers/chack-and-balances

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do less politics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Poor management and leadership, political and risk averse environment with emphasis on processes rather than outputs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Division Manager in Al Karm (Tunisia)
    Current Employee - Division Manager in Al Karm (Tunisia)

    I have been working at African Development Bank full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Staff commitment to development mission and multicultural environment

    Cons

    Work-life balance, decision making processes, bureaucracy, performance management and lack of transparency and internal communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    3 month internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at African Development Bank as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Tunis is a beautiful city
    Perfect work/life balance at the company

    Cons

    Language barrier as some taxi people only understood arabic
    Insecurity was a big problem

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    It's who you know

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Tunis (Tunisia)
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Tunis (Tunisia)

    I have been working at African Development Bank as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    great salary and perks for staff, great hours (9 to 6)

    Cons

    culture, management "do what I say, don't do what I do"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Overall satisfying experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Bārdaw (Tunisia)
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Bārdaw (Tunisia)

    I worked at African Development Bank as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great city to live in (Tunis) by the Mediterranean Sea, at the doorsteps of Europe with friendly society
    Good benefits when staff with family
     A feel that the institution is working for the betterment of the African continent as a whole

    Cons

    Could do better in innovation and communication
    Diversity of linguistic backgrounds seems to breed conflicts
    Little to no with the Tunisian society

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Power distance between upper management and staff should be reduced

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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