Senior Evaluation Officer

The World Bank, Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th January, 2019


Job Description

About the World Bank Group:

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

IEG’s Role

The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is responsible for the assessment of the relevance, efficacy, and efficiency of World Bank Group operational policies, programs and activities, and their contribution to development effectiveness. IEG’s evaluations aim to enhance accountability and learning to inform the formulation of new directions, policies and procedures, country and sector strategies, and programs for the World Bank Group’s work.

IEG is directly responsible for:

  • Assessing whether the World Bank Group Institutions’ operational policies, programs and activities are producing the expected results, including global, regional, and other programs in which the Institution(s) is a participant.
  • Incorporating evaluation assessments and findings into recommendations designed to help improve the development effectiveness of the World Bank Group’s programs and activities, and their responsiveness to member countries’ needs and concerns.
  • Appraising the Institutions’ self-evaluations of strategies and projects, and attesting to their adequacy to the Boards.
  • Reporting periodically to the Boards on actions taken by the Institution(s) in response to evaluation findings, and on the measures being taken to improve the overall operations evaluation system including dissemination and outreach activities.
  • Identifying and disseminating evaluation findings and lessons to maximize contributions to the World Bank Group’s learning and knowledge framework and reinforce learning and accountability within the World Bank Group in service of achieving its corporate goals.
  • Encouraging and assisting developing member countries to build effective monitoring and evaluation associations, capacities and systems.
  • Working closely with development partners among donors and developing countries in order to foster international evaluation harmonization, to develop evaluation capacity in developing countries, and to encourage best practice in international development evaluation.

Internal and external contexts

IEG’s work is aligned with the changing internal and external contexts.

Internally, the WBG’s twin goals launched in 2013 for eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner, the organizational change process launched in 2014, the 2016 Forward Look, and the recently launched Maximizing Finance for Development approach are profound changes designed to transform the WBG. Externally, the global community has reached consensus on ambitious post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and client countries and development partners are demanding increased focus on development impact and results. In this context, as the large IDA 18 replenishment and the recent capital increase for IBRD and IFC afford the WBG the capacity to do more, independent evaluation can play an important role in helping the WBG achieve greater development effectiveness by assessing what works, and why.

Key strategic directions in IEG

Over the past five years IEG has increasingly moved to a strategic selection process for its major evaluations to ensure greater influence of each individual evaluation, and of all of them collectively. IEG continues to pursue two objectives:

  • Achieving the Twin Goals- What Works and Why? Deepening evidence about the results of WBG programs and activities and their contribution to WBG’s strategic priorities and ultimately its twin goals. This objective is addressed mostly through thematic evaluations covering IEG’s three Strategic Engagement Areas (SEAs) which are aligned with the Forward Look, namely: (i) Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth; (ii) Investing in People, especially through Sustained Service Delivery to the poor and bottom 40%; and (iii) Fostering Resilience to Global Shocks and Threats.
  • Real-Time Feedback on WBG Operational choices: Assessing implementation of, and providing WBG Management and Executive Board with early feedback on, reforms and WBG operational choices to ensure that timely course corrections are made when needed.

This objective is addressed mostly through corporate evaluations covering four strategic pillars:

  • Assisting All Client Segments;
  • Leading on Global and Regional Issues,
  • Improving the WBG Business Model, and
  • Mobilization: Scaling Up Finance for Development.

Additional strategic choices recently introduced in IEG include:

  • Introduction of a new Results Framework
  • Scale up of IEG learning and knowledge sharing
  • Continued improvements in evaluation methodology and quality assurance; and
  • Enhanced cost-effectiveness, including productivity improvements, and investment in staff professional development.

Organizational structure

IEG is led by the Director General, Evaluation (DGE), who reports directly to the Board of Executive Directors through the Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE). IEG’s organizational structure comprises:

  • Office of the DGE (IEGDG);
  • Human Development and Economic Management Department (IEGHE);
  • Financial, Private Sector, and Sustainable Development Department (IEGSP); and
  • Knowledge and Communications Department (IEGKC).

Human Development and Corporate Evaluation Unit (IEGHC)

Within the Human Development and Economic Management Department (IEGHE), the Human Development and Corporate Evaluation Unit (IEGHC) covers four main areas of work:

  • Evaluations and validation of self-evaluations of Human Development projects (comprising three Global Practices: Education; Health, Nutrition & Population; Social Protection & Labor);
  • Thematic Evaluations: evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of sector and thematic strategies and programs of the WBG in the above thematic areas;
  • Corporate evaluations and preparation of the IEG’s annual flagship Review of Results and Performance of the World Bank Group;
  • Contributions to the IEG’s strategic engagement areas and in particular, leading the thematic areas of service delivery for the poor and fragility.

Duties and Accountabilities

Under the direction of the Unit Manager, the Sr. Human Development Economist/Evaluation Officer will have the following primary responsibilities:

  • Lead, co-lead and/or participate in thematic evaluations, assessing the development effectiveness of World Bank assistance in human development sector interventions. Topics of recent or ongoing evaluations in IEGHC include population and demographics; health care services; higher education; early childhood; and teacher training. The pipeline of evaluations in human development sectors is expected to continue growing over the next years, including on topics related to the human capital project.
  • Oversee and/or conduct project-level evaluations, including Implementation Completion and Results Report (ICR) Reviews and Project Performance Assessment Reports (PPARs) in human development sectors. The unit is responsible for validating 100 percent of the ICRs in human development sectors, and typically undertakes about 10-12 in-depth project field-assessments (PPARs) a year, often on complex and innovative projects.
  • As Sr. staff in the unit, support manager in overseeing program and more junior staff in human development sectors, including by being a thematic coordinator of a specific sector, providing quality-assurance (setting and uphold high standards of quality for various evaluations in human development sectors), and leading and/or supporting engagement and dissemination efforts in human development sectors (with particular focus on engaging WBG operational counterparts).
  • Contribute as appropriate to VPU, departmental, unit and cross-sectoral activities designed to help IEG pursue its mission, including corporate responsibilities to peer review, disseminate, and contribute in other forms to the development of IEG products.
  • This internal requisition is open to WBG and IMF staff only (including short-term and extended term consultants/ temporaries). External candidates are requested not to apply. In case an external candidate applies, their application will not be considered

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate is required to have the following minimum qualifications, skills, motivation and personal attributes:

  • Advanced degree in directly relevant area of expertise.
  • Significant experience, both operational and policy-related, in human development sectors (health, social protection and/or education); typically, the successful candidate will have 8+ years of relevant experience.
  • Strong analytical aptitude, as evidenced by a strong track record of solid analytical work in human development sectors, preferably with a background in development evaluation or similar analytical work.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of WBG operational strategies, processes, and instruments.
  • Excellent communication, diplomatic and negotiating skills, with demonstrated strong personal maturity, balanced judgment, and a track record of building and maintaining partnerships with colleagues and clients.
  • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills, capacity to motivate and develop teams, and ability to operate collaboratively across organizational boundaries.
  • Proactive, inclusive and innovative, with an open and collegial work style and ability to listen and integrate ideas from diverse points of view.
  • Ability to coach, mentor, develop and empower more junior staff, provide seasoned advice to more senior staff and managers, and work collaboratively with peers.

Job-Specific Competencies:

  • Evaluation knowledge: Good level of understanding of the design and delivery of complex evaluations, and relevant evaluation methods (qualitative and quantitative) in practice in an MDB context, sufficient to lead evaluations and provide intellectual leadership and quality assurance in IEG.
  • Deep understanding of Human Development policy and operations and relevant sectoral and cross- cutting issues. Capacity to work across human development sectors is required. Expertise in social protection and/or health preferred, and expertise in more than one human development sector would be a plus.
  • Engaging on evaluations with operational teams: strong practical understanding of how to engage with operational teams effectively in the design and delivery of thematic and project evaluations, protecting independence and credibility while promoting learning and ownership from operational staff.

Required G level IEG competencies:

  • Lead and Innovate - Encourages and works with others to identify, incubate and implement relevant solutions. Identifies opportunities in changing circumstances and energizes others to continuously improve, using intentional strategies to boost morale, team spirit, and productivity in context of WBG's values and mission. Helps others to understand problems, client needs and the underlying context.
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially, environmentally and socially sustainable. Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients. Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes.
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect. Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions, giving credit where credit is due. Leverages expertise of all team members to ensure successful outcomes. Makes choices and sets priorities with a WBG corporate perspective in mind.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across WBG, clients, and partners. Is known across WBG in their subject area and is sought out by WBG colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others. Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and mentors junior staff. Builds networks across the WBG and as part of external professional groups/networks.
  • Make Smart Decisions - Applies critical thinking and seeks inputs and experience from others to recommend a course of action consistent with the WBG's strategy. Evaluates risk and anticipates the short and long term implications of decisions. Commits to a decision and takes action once a decision has been reached.
  • Leading, Managing and Delivering Evaluations- Builds and maintains constructive relationships with the evaluation team, including staff, consultants, advisers, and partners, as relevant, and with other stakeholders. Motivates the evaluation team by sharing information and knowledge, by supporting agreed issues, assisting in problem solving, and by facilitating all stages of the evaluation process. Demonstrates well developed skills in listening, influencing, meeting facilitation, negotiation and conflict resolution with both individuals and groups. Manages and monitors evaluation resources efficiently and effectively, including staff resources, and displays strong leadership and project management skills to deliver timely quality evaluations. Solves problems, using negotiation, conflict resolution skills, and motivational techniques, and develops contingency plans to mitigate risks throughout the conduct of the evaluation. Has a reputation within the Bank for professional expertise and impact on Bank activities. Is in high demand for providing cross support inputs, providing peer reviews, leading preparation of flagship reports, serving on corporate ta forces, and providing training on topics of expertise to staff and clients. Is recognized as an important contributor to the collective intellectual life of the evaluation community, as evidenced by (for example) active participation in team projects, seminars, recruiting efforts, mentoring younger colleagues, bringing in visiting staff and generally helping colleagues with their research and contacts outside the group.

WBG Core Competencies:

Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client

  • Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially, environmentally and socially sustainable
  • Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients
  • Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes.

Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG, and brings differing ideas into the forefront

  • Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect
  • Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions, giving credit where credit is due. Leverages expertise of all team members to ensure successful outcomes
  • Makes choices and sets priorities with a WBG corporate perspective in mind

Develops innovative solutions with others

  • Encourages and works with others to identify, incubate and implement relevant solutions
  • Identifies opportunities in changing circumstances and energizes others to continuously improve, using intentional strategies to boost morale, team spirit, and productivity in context of WBG’s values and mission
  • Helps others to understand problems, client needs and the underlying context

Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions

  • Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across WBG, clients, and partners
  • Is known across WBG in their subject area and is sought out by WBG colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others
  • Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and mentors junior staff
  • Builds networks across the WBG and as part of external professional groups/networks

Recommends and takes decisive action

  • Applies critical thinking and seeks inputs and experience from others to recommend a course of action consistent with the WBG’s strategy
  • Evaluates risk and anticipates the short and long term implications of decisions
  • Commits to a decision and takes action once a decision has been reached

Source:https://worldbankgroup.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=1608&site=1


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