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Knowledge and Leadership Management Expert

Knowledge and Leadership Management Expert
Type of Contract: 
Project Support Appointment (Renewable for the duration of the project and subject to satisfactory performance)
Duty Station: 
Accra, Ghana
Saturday, December 31, 2022


The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is the leading institution for capacity development in Africa. With membership from 40 African Countries, the African Development Bank, the United Nation’s Development Program, The World Bank, the organization was created to build human capital and institutional capacity for Africa’s sustainable development.

ACBF’s focus is on improving the effectiveness of Africa’s public sector institutions at country, regional and continental levels to become an effective systems’ integrators and catalysers of sustainable and transformative change.

Since its creation in 1991, ACBF has trained more than 50,000 personnel in civil service, most of which hold key positions in Ministries of Finance, Planning or Economic Development and Central Banks across the continent. The Foundation has established a network of over 50 think thanks that support evidence-based policy making across Africa and conducted over 290 policy research/analysis which have been critical in informing economic management and establishing benchmarks for success.

ACBF’s strategy for the next five years will focus on responding to the current needs identified by member states and on building human capital and institutions for the future.

The Role

ACBF is launching a program to strengthen public financial management (PFM) functions in selected African countries.  The program will equip senior officials working on PFM issues with the requisite skills to promote equitable allocation and utilization of public resources in a manner that promotes gender balance and wealth creation for the transformation of African economies.  ACBF seeks to recruit a Knowledge and Leadership Management Expert for this program to join the ACBF family of highly talented and passionate individuals.  The Knowledge and Leadership is overall responsible for development and delivery of learning interventions to enhance the leadership and governance capacities of the officials involved in PFM.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research to define the focus areas and learning needs to inform the required learning interventions and support needed.
  • Oversee the development of the technical learning guides and materials, including the design of learning interventions, their implementation, and monitoring with tools such as results frameworks, work plans, and other documentation, ensuring proper outlining of learning outcomes.
  • Establish learning opportunities and platforms for the supported Ministries and other institutions, including facilitation of training, policy dialogues, peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, and networking opportunities to strengthen the supported institutions’ leadership and governance capacities.
  • Oversee the development of e-learning toolkits and platforms that include online learning objects (e.g., infographics, videos, articles) for structured and just-in-time (JIT) learning and curate existing learning content.
  • Conduct studies and document lessons and best practices from policy dialogues, peer networking, events, and other knowledge management activities; package them into knowledge products and actively share them with the beneficiaries, other partners, and professionals.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Director, Programs.

Required qualifications and experience

Selection will be competitive based on the following candidate profile:

  • Advanced university degree in Leadership, Knowledge Management or Governance or a related field from a recognized institution.  
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in the international development field, particularly in Knowledge Management, Leadership and Governance Demonstrated understanding of leadership, governance, and knowledge management principles.
  • Demonstrated capacity to deliver knowledge management, leadership, and learning programs.
  • Experience in course design and facilitation of learning interventions.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with senior-level ministry officials.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written and proven ability to prepare reports clearly and concisely, present, discuss and defend issues, findings, and recommendations.
  • English and French are the working languages of ACBF. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Desired competencies

  • Certification in Learning and Development.
  • Technical expertise in leadership and governance in public finance management and policy/administration is desirable.
  • Strong research skills and ability to glean relevant information from various documents to produce quality technical, and policy reports and knowledge products.
  • Ability to effectively use software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook. Experience with project management in ERP systems would be an asset.
  • Good working knowledge of French.


Applications, quoting the reference “Knowledge and Leadership Expert/03/2022,” including curriculum vitae with three (3) referees, should be received at the address below by 31 December 2022.

The Executive Secretary
The African Capacity Building Foundation
P.O. Box 1562
HARARE, Zimbabwe

Please note, only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

We strongly encourage qualified female candidates to apply.


ACBF is a smoke-free environment.

ACBF is a multicultural organisation which believes in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. It is made up of a team of progressive, passionate, and innovative individuals. The Foundation offers a collaborative, learning and rewarding work environment. ACBF respects the contribution of each team member and believes in investing in the professional and personal growth of its employees.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana