Senior Evaluation Manager

Bioversity International

Rome, Italy

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Monitoring and Evaluation

The Senior Evaluation Manager is an essential role that supports the evaluation workstream within the IAES. The incumbent will work collaboratively with the other functional areas within IAES, the two independent bodies it supports and CGIAR colleagues to ensure that information generated through independent evaluations is timely, of high quality, available and accessible, to support System-wide management, learning and decision-making processes.  The position is based in Rome, Italy, and involves international travel (up 25%).


Under the supervision of the IAES Evaluation Function Lead, specific responsibilities include:

  • Participate in the development and implementation of the evaluation multi-year work plan
  • Manage the design and implementation of thematic, corporate, and regional/country- based evaluative activities according to IAES quality standards and as assigned
  • Prepare reports and presentations conveying evaluation information to the CGIAR governing body
  • Manage and facilitate the planning and time-bound execution of deliverables by external independent experts
  • Manage the production of standards, guidelines and methodologies, aligned to the overarching CGIAR Evaluation Framework and Policy, developing and/or sourcing relevant research and technical inputs, including experts
  • Implement the procurement process to engage independent reviewers, in compliance with the host institute’s prevailing policies and IAES procedures
  • Facilitate the quality assurance and peer review process for evaluations
  • Maintain a CGIAR evaluation database, and other forms of related knowledge management and record-keeping
  • Prepare, contract and quality assure communication and knowledge management products that support the effective use of evaluation findings and recommendations in the CGIAR, as well as the translation of the Evaluation policy into action
  • Participate in IAES communications cross-functional workgroup to assure harmonized and consistent communications approaches across IAES
  • Lead logistical preparations for and technical inputs to evaluation-related meetings, events and workshops
  • Foster and contribute to highly collaborative teamwork and communication within the IAES and with other system entities
  • Represent the evaluation function at meetings as required
  • Contribute to the application of the evaluation-related normative frameworks, quality support, assessment mechanisms and reporting for decentralized (management-commissioned) evaluation
  • Promote CGIAR’s evaluation culture of accountability and learning through analysis of trends in evaluative evidence and lessons, review of evaluation-related content in pooled funding proposals, and similar sensitization and capacity strengthening tasks
  • Deliver and represent evaluations to stakeholder groups, including internal and external parties
  • Participation in relevant internal and external professional communities
  • ‚ÄčOther duties as required according to the IAES mandate


Essential requirements:

  • Relevant Master’s degree in fields related directly to the position requirements, including program evaluation and measurement, social sciences, business or public administration, international development, or other fields pertinent to CGIAR portfolio evaluation
  • Typically, 8 years or more (of which five in international context) of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in planning, leading and/or implementing evaluations
  • Evidence of substantive experience in project management aspects, such as activity planning, budget oversight, consultant recruitment, procurement, performance management
  • Evidence of a proficient level of evaluation technical skill and expertise, including relevant quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and synthesis skillsets
  • Conversance in techniques and methods appropriate to the evaluation of CGIAR’s research for development (R4D) activities
  • Excellent written and spoken English, including for report preparation for executive and multicultural audiences
  • Proven experience and understanding of evaluation processes for development organizations, including country and thematic evaluations, and those related to SDGs 
  • Understanding of and/or experience with implementation of Evaluability Assessments
  • Demonstrated understanding of the branches of science pursued within CGIAR, and work experience in agriculture research for development
  • High level of proficiency in the use of standard office software (Microsoft 365 suite), meeting softwares and social media (LinkedIn, Tweeter)
  • Proven experience with evaluation-related knowledge management and communications
  • Experience with evaluation-related capacity-building to support the enhancement of skills and knowledge of the CGIAR MEL professionals
  • Proven experience with stakeholder management, i.e. evaluation reference groups, governance bodies.