Posted on 11 June 2018

Job Description


DEPARTMENT/OFFICE/MISSION: Millennium Challenge Account-Côte d’Ivoire (MCA-CI) l JOB NUMBER: 002/MCA-CI / POSTING DATE: June 7, 2018 l CLOSING DATE: July 5, 2018 l COUNTRY: Côte-d’Ivoire


Established in 2004, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a US Government bilateral aid program for low-income countries selected on the basis of performance indicators. The purpose of the program is to implement partnerships with countries that achieve satisfactory performance in three key areas: 1) good governance in public affairs management, 2) creation of an environment conducive to private initiative and 3) commitment of the State to invest significantly in the social sector. The US Government assistance is provided to beneficiary countries as grants to implement a given country investment program known as ”Compact Country” or ”Compact”.

The Government of Côte d’Ivoire and MCC signed a Grant Agreement in Washington DC on November 7, 2017 for a total amount of US $524.74 million. Such Grant, for the Ivorian people, will allow the fulfillment of two (02) major projects:

  1. Skills for Employability and Productivity Project (US $155 million) which aims to improve the employability of Ivorians and to increase the productivity of the private sector by boosting quality and relevance as well as access to basic and technical skills needed by the private sector;
  2. Abidjan Transport Project (US $292 million) which aims to increase the competitiveness of Abidjan as the country’s growth pole by enhancing the mobility of goods and people and reducing traffic in the central corridor of the city which connects the port to the northern, eastern and western parts of the country.

Millennium Challenge Account Côte d’Ivoire (MCA-CI), created by Ordinance No. 2017-820 of December 14, 2017, is responsible for the implementation of the Compact on behalf of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, and will act as an independent management body in implementing the Compact Côte d’Ivoire Program, whose objective is to generate inclusive economic growth and reduce poverty through investments in the projects presented above.


Under the direction of the Millennium Challenge Account Côte d’Ivoire (MCA-CI) Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Director of Abidjan Transport Project (ATP) will have as main tasks to:

  • Hire, organize and manage Abidjan Transport Project (ATP) Team for the implementation of the project as defined in the Compact;
  • Ensure delivery of the Abidjan Transport Project (ATP) on time, within budget and according to the quality requirements of stakeholders, including compliance with IFC performance standards.


Under the supervision of the MCA-CI Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Director of Abidjan Transport Project (ATP) will have as main tasks:

  • Project Management
  • Competitively recruit a highly qualified project team including Institutional Directors, Social and Environmental Performance, Engineering, Managers and Specialists within its Department to achieve the objectives of the Compact;
  • Ensure the definition, distribution of tasks, objectives and monitoring of activities and deliverables in the short (days), medium (weeks) and long term (months) throughout the duration of the Compact;
  • Develop, supervise and execute the mandates of the 609g / CDF A & E Studies Steering Committee and the Traffic and Deviation Management Committee;
  • Ensure the recruitment of Technical Consultants; define their tasks, their short, medium and long-term objectives and monitor their activities and deliverables throughout the duration of the Compact;
  • Supervise the construction works and activities of Engineers and other consultants;
  • Provide the necessary support to the technical teams responsible for managing the implementation activities of infrastructure projects and to those responsible for supervising the activities of Entrepreneurs and Engineers to ensure a satisfactory level of performance in the delivery of the works;
  • Conduct regular on-field missions to identify potential / proven shortcomings and potential risks, propose preventive or curative risk management solutions to such shortcomings and interact with the different actors to assess actual performance;
  • Provide the project team with dedicated support in the implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities and ensure the availability of all necessary work tools;
  • Ensure the training of his/her team;
  • Be involved in the drafting of the terms of reference, the selection process and the supervision of the activities of his/her team within the 3ES program (Infrastructure Management) of the compact and in collaboration with the partner university (s);
  • Approve the Project Implementing Entities, Engineers, Technical Directors, and Project Managers’ reports and make recommendations to ensure that works are carried out under good conditions, within predefined budget and according to the program;
  • Evaluate, on a quarterly basis, the Technical Directions and take appropriate measures to resolve identified problems (deadlines, quality, etc.);
  • Ensure the definition and monitoring of objective performance criteria for each member of the project team in relation to the delivery of a high-quality product respecting predefined deadlines and costs;
  • Ensure the economic optimization of all proposed designs on the infrastructure life cycle, whatever the funding source (MCC GOCI, users, etc.);
  • Serve as interface for providing direct and clear communication and coordination with all stakeholders, including MCC;
  • Review and formulate, in coordination with all stakeholders, including MCC, documented opinions on all designs and studies associated with planning, coordination, communication with the public and the execution of the work;
  • Ensure open, full and frank communication and ensure the recommendations of the Implementing Entities are taken into account in a collegiate manner, mainly those with regard to the design and final acceptance of goods, works or services;
  • Oversee the resolution of traffic-related issues to maintain a policy of full respect for all persons affected by the project, including community outreach programs and communication mechanisms designed to explain activities, mitigation and compensation measures planned to prevent and supervise the management of non-compliances related to this situation;
  • Supervise all cases associated with Health, Safety at Work in order to maintain a zero-accident policy, including supervision of non-conformities and implemented mitigation measures;
  • Ensure GoCI land availability for truck parking;
  • Ensure GoCI is informed of the funding requirements of the Road Maintenance Fund (RMF);
  • Collect, review and organize documents provided by RMF to meet the requirements of Compact and ATP;
  • Ensure the necessary field data are identified and compiled, provide factual opinions regarding compliance with deadlines and terms stipulated in ATP and maintain complete and up-to-date documentation;
  • Ensure all information entered during the design and implementation phases are backed up on appropriate computer platforms, including geographic / georeferenced, and shared with all relevant stakeholders in digital and physical form;
  • Ensure traffic management plans related to each project are developed and implemented according to the terms of ATP;
  • Ensure the design, the quarterly evaluation and the update of an environmental and social management system in order to take appropriate measures for its improvement in accordance with the environmental and social standards defined in the Compact;
  • Identify and define objectives; plan, coordinate, supervise and facilitate technical workshops on engineering, environment, gender, resettlement or any other issue in order to find concerted and enlightened solutions while ensuring consensus between the parties and experts;
  • Interpret and apply, in collaboration with the Procurement Director, the CFO and the General Counsel, the legal provisions contained in contracts, particularly contractors’ claims;
  • Monitor the progress of the physical and financial implementation of projects, the cost control and the drafting of progress reports based on field visits;
  • Monitor the effective implementation of all project activities in accordance with work plans, construction works and regularly update information related to project, activities of Engineers, Consultants and immediately report all activities requiring urgent intervention to the CEO;
  • Ensure acceptable rates of return by project as well as performance indices for technical departments according to deadlines;
  • Perform other inherent tasks and responsibilities as requested by the CEO.
  • Project Quality
  • Ensure compliance of all aspects of onsite studies and works quality to maintain a no-fault policy, including the monitoring of non-conformities and implemented mitigation measures;
  • Monitor the effective development of site management system in terms of quality, cost and timeliness;
  • Ensure compliance by the transport team with the MCA-CI quality manual and all applicable procedures, including systems non-conformity;
  • Implement and monitor a performance evaluation program;
  • Manage a team to ensure quality of work and reports;
  • Ensure termination of non-conformities for each project is done within an acceptable time and corrections or corrective actions to improve quality of sites are implemented and monitored.
  • Project coordination
  • Ensure coordination and harmonization of project activities, including security, environmental and social aspects and participate in the management of project interdependencies;
  • Manage and participate with steering teams in 609g / CDF studies and traffic management in Abidjan;
  • Evaluate implementing entity performance regardless of the technical departments to assess their level of performance and propose appropriate solutions;
  • Provide guidance and advice to other MCA-CI departments / services, as needed, to manage and coordinate the development of ATP implementation plans, including final budget approval, work plans, procurement plans, disbursement request files, monitoring and evaluation (M & E) plans, quality assurance plan;
  • Participate in the development and oversee the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), health and safety systems as required by the Compact in accordance with the IFC Performance Standard No. 1;
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan for Social Inclusion and Gender (SGIP), throughout the Compact, as required by the MCC Gender Policy;
  • Work closely with relevant government agencies to disseminate critical technical information in order to engage the resources of the Compact program;
  • Lead, motivate and coordinate the ATP divisions in achieving their objectives and ensure consultants / contractors’ integration to achieve common goals;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of ATP fraud and corruption awareness measures.
  • Project training
  • Participate in the professional training of the 609g / CDF A & E consultant attested by a satisfactory assessment;
  • Be part of the first beneficiaries of the professional development program with INP-HB / ENSEA;
  • Take part in trainings on environmental and social management, ESMS and HDM4;
  • Participate in the FIDIC training.



The candidate should hold:

  • An Engineer’s degree in Civil Engineering (BAC + 5); and
  • BAC + 7 in Project Management, preferred.

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Twenty (20) years of experience in managing, monitoring and reporting infrastructure project activities and using planning tools;
  • Previous managerial experience in non-for-profit organization;
  • Completion of at least five (5) urban projects with budgets of more than $ 50M;
  • Familiarity with donor’s procedures is preferred;
  • Familiarity with IFC Performance Standard is preferred;
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender and social inclusion approaches in large projects and experience with meeting the gender requirements of international development projects preferred
  • Good knowledge of FIDIC is required;
  • Familiarity with donor’s procurement procedures is preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with providers, multidisciplinary teams and high-level experts.;
  • Ability to understand new issues quickly and make wise decisions;
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills;
  • Ability to inspire confidence and create trust;

Core competencies:


  • Dynamic and experienced leader with significant corporate management or non-for-profit institutional experience and a proven track record for effective team management and results-driven leadership;


  • Be able to adapt strategy and objectives; making corresponding structural or organizational changes as needed, to move the work forward and meet the needs of the situation;

Consensus builder

  • Ability to build consensus and relationships among executives, partners, and the workforce.

Deliver Results

  • Add value by constantly looking for a better way to get more impactful results;
  • Set challenging stretch goals for the MCA-CI;
  • Understand the various department’s views and perspective by asking probing questions to address unmet needs;
  • Demonstrate accountability for achieving results that have a development impact and financial, environmental and social sustainability
  • Identify and propose solutions to mitigate and manage risks;
  • Proven negotiation skills;
  • Ability to understand new issues quickly and make wise decisions;
  • Ability to inspire confidence and create trust;
  • Ability to work under pressure, plan personal workload effectively and delegate

Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making

  • Be able to analyze facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.

Linguistic & computer knowledge

  • Proficient in both written and spoken French/English
  • Knowledge of HDM4 software, MS Office (Word, Excel, PPT);
  • Experience and familiarity with MS Project or Primavera;

APPLICATION FILE§ A detailed Resume (CV); § A dated and signed Cover Letter with salary expectations;§ Copies of diplomas;§ Three (03) professional and three (03) academic references;§ An updated criminal record not older than three (03) months.

POSITION-RELATED ENVIRONMENT AND BENEFITS§ A compensation package at the most attractive levels of compensation systems around the world;§ Excellent working conditions in a positive, satisfying, dynamic and user-friendly international environment;§ For very ambitious future career prospects, wide possibilities for improving knowledge and skills in all areas.


· In accordance with its Gender policy, MCC strongly encourages female applicants; · No fees will be paid to MCA-Côte d’Ivoire or any of its agents at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training fees or other);· MCE guarantees that no person complying with the requirements of the offers posted on its website and appearing in other channels may be unfairly dismissed from the recruitment process;· Only candidates with defined profiles and valid documents will be retained for interview.

If you are interested in participating in a program to reduce poverty and increase the income of more than 11,3 million Ivorians, join us by filing your application on our recruitment platform www.mce-afrique.net/recrutementmca-ci or in a sealed envelope with the indication « APPLICATION FOR THE POSITION OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ABIDJAN TRANSPORT PROJECT OF MCA-CI » at La Maison des Chefs d’Entreprise (MCE) head office located at 32 rue des Alizés-Zone 4C or at its secondary office in Plateau, Boulevard de la République, opposite of Félix Houphouët Boigny Stadium, Immeuble AVS, 2nd Floor, Door 26/27, no later than Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 6pm GMT.

For further information or in case of difficulties to apply, send an email to support-mca-ci@mce-afrique.net or contact us on +(225)21 35 17 91; GSM: +(225) 74 20 03 82/04 00 02 50.


32, RUE DES ALIZÉS - ZONE 4C - 17 B.P. 1277 ABIDJAN 17

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