Asian Development Bank

Evaluation Specialist

Asian Development Bank

Job Description

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Close relatives1 of ADB staff, except spouses of international staff, are not eligible for recruitment and appointment to staff positions. Applicants are expected to disclose if they have any relative/s by consanguinity/blood, by adoption and/or by affinity/marriage presently employed in ADB. 1Close relatives refer to spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle Staff on probation are not eligible to apply. Applicants for promotion must have served at their position for at least one year and must have normally served at their personal level for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date. Applicants for lateral transfer must have served at their position and personal level for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date (reference A.O. 2.03, paragraphs 5.8 and 5.9). In the event that the staff appointed to a new category (i.e. from AS to NS, or from NS to IS) is rated at 2 or lower in the first two performance reviews after appointment at the new level, they will return to the level occupied immediately prior to their appointment in the new category. Overview Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international Development Finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and The Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030. ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members. The Independent Evaluation Department (IED) independently and systematically evaluates ADB policies, strategies, operations, and special concerns that relate to organizational and operational effectiveness. The position is assigned in the Sector and Project Division (IESP) within the IED. IESP provides evaluation feedback on performance and generates and disseminates evaluation lessons. The division is primarily responsible for evaluations and validations at the sector-level and on individual sovereign lending and Technical Assistance (TA) operations. IESP will cover sectors, such as energy, transport, water, urban, finance, and Agriculture and natural resources. It shall also be responsible for evaluations and validations of non-sovereign operations. Job Purpose The Evaluation Specialist prepares and/or contributes in the conduct of sector and project-level evaluations and validations and other evaluation activities in line with the department's work program and protocols. The position focuses on ADB's finance sector operations, applying incumbent's skills and specialization in all or a selection in the areas of public financial management, financial sector development, central Banking systems, banking systems and non-bank financial institutions, housing finance, small and medium enterprise, finance and leasing, inclusive finance (including microfinance), insurance and contractual savings, money and capital market, infrastructure finance and investment funds, and trade finance. As appropriate, the Evaluation Specialist will also be responsible for evaluations and validations of non-sovereign operations. The Evaluation Specialist (i) works with the team, with guidance from Management, to Design the evaluation approach papers and select the methods and approaches that are most adapted to the object of evaluation; (ii) engages with operations and board members as needed and conduct desk and field work in Asia and the Pacific; (iii) draws key lessons from evaluations and their implications for improving development effectiveness and provides recommendations on key issues for ADB action; and (iv) participates actively in dissemination and outreach events and activities to share the evaluation findings, lessons and recommendations with internal and external audiences. The position reports to Director, IESP and may supervise national and administrative staff. Responsibilities The Evaluation Specialist works with internal and external clients (within ADB general policies, principles and goals, and in accordance with ADB evaluation policy) in carrying out all and/or a selection of the following tasks:
  • contributes to cross-country sector-wide evaluations;

  • contributes to sector assistance program evaluations to feed into country evaluations or validations or as stand-alone sector evaluations;

  • contributes to the preparation of cross-cutting evaluations; country/regional assistance evaluations and the Annual Evaluation Review report with regards to finance sector and non-sovereign operations;

  • prepares and/or contributes to synthesis and working papers, and other evaluation products that are sectoral or project-related;

  • prepares project/program performance evaluation reports and Technical Assistance (TA) performance evaluation reports concerning ADB's finance sector operations;

  • prepares validations on project/program completion reports for sectors covered by the division and/or contribute in the quality assurance of validations on self-evaluation reports on ADB operations;

  • participates in joint evaluations on select projects with development partners;

  • provides comments on draft evaluation reports and on draft ADB operational documents according to his/her skills and specialization;

  • disseminates evaluation findings and promote learning from evaluations in ADB, development partners and developing member countries; and

  • performs other tasks as assigned by Division Director or duties that may be assigned as reflected in the incumbent's work plan.

Qualifications

Relevant Experience & Requirements
  • Master's Degree, or equivalent, in public Administration, economics, engineering, finance, business administration, statistics, development studies or related social science fields; or University degree in any of these fields, combined with specialized experience in international and/or development organizations, may be considered in lieu of a Master's degree;

  • At least 8 years of relevant experience in evaluation and/or finance sector operations; at least 4 years of relevant experience in project, sector and country/regional operations (e.g., country portfolio and program, institutions, policy) and/or development work and outreach in developing countries; Relevant experience in multilateral Development Banks and the Asia-Pacific region is preferred;

  • Significant expertise within a specific area or breadth across multiple areas with in-depth knowledge within one area, i.e., public financial management, monetary institutions, formal sector financial intermediaries, housing policy and administrative management, microfinance and informal/semi-formal financial intermediaries, trade facilitation and financial policy and administrative management, in a multilateral or bilateral development setting;

  • Knowledge of finance sector issues, practices and policies in ADB and other multilateral and bilateral institutions; Some relevant experience in private sector operations is preferred;

  • Aptitude toward applied research and/or preparing evaluations; conducting regional/country/sector/project-level Analysis including operational, economic, social and technical aspects, institutional and policy analysis and reforms, macroeconomics, economic and financial analyses;

  • Familiarity with development strategy, policy and practices of multilateral and bilateral institutions;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;

  • Ability to learn and perform effectively as a team leader, exercising supervision, Coordination, and planning responsibilities over multi-disciplinary unit; coach or mentor team members;

  • Credible expert in field of expertise with recognized ability to share relevant knowledge to benefit the broader ADB community;

  • Ability to conceptualize and evaluate complex development issues and problems, and to carry out effective communication and dialogue on these topics; and

  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 4.

General Considerations The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years. ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB's standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual's qualifications and experience. ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply. Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.
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