Evaluation Officer

Job #: req2493
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Environment
Grade: GF
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: International Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): Spanish, French (desirable)
Closing Date: 4/19/2019 at 11:59pm UTC

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.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a financial mechanism that provides grant and concessional funds to recipient countries for projects and activities to protect the global environment. The governance structure of the GEF includes an Assembly, a Council, a Secretariat, a Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel and an Independent Evaluation Office (IEO). Projects financed by the GEF are managed by 18 GEF Agencies. The IEO is functionally independent of, but administratively supported by, the World Bank. It is independent from the CEO of the GEF and reports directly to the GEF Council. The GEF Council decides on evaluation policies, discusses four year rolling work plans, approves annual budgets and receives all evaluation reports. The IEO has the central role of ensuring the independent evaluation function within the GEF; of setting minimum requirements for evaluation; of ensuring oversight of the quality of evaluation systems on program and project level and of sharing evaluative evidence within the GEF. A consultative process with relevant GEF partners is in place to ensure the quality of the work undertaken and to prevent overlap and duplication. The IEO has the responsibility for undertaking independent evaluations which involve a set of projects from more than one GEF Agency. These evaluations are typically on a strategic level, or on focal areas, or on cross-cutting themes. Evaluations may be highly complex when undertaken jointly with other evaluation offices of Agencies in the GEF. The GEF Council has approved the work program for the IEO for FY2019-2022. Several thematic evaluations have been planned to assess the outcomes of GEF project/program interventions, including an assessment of strategic country cluster evaluations, scaling up, the Annual Performance Report with special themes on transportation, and the Seventh Comprehensive Evaluation. The IEO would like to recruit an Evaluation Officer who will contribute to the IEO’s work program by participating in, and/or leading evaluations that are impartial, independent, credible and meet professional standards to ensure that the evaluations are useful and that evaluation findings and recommendations are endorsed and implemented. The Evaluation Officer will participate in all aspects of the evaluation process: research, review of program and project documents, application of quantitative and qualitative analyses, synthesis of findings, preparation of report and data for internal and external dissemination and follow up to implementation of recommendations. The Evaluation Officers will be supervised by Senior Evaluation officers and the Chief Evaluation Officer of the IEO.

Duties and Accountabilities

The Evaluation Officer will:

1. Conduct and/or manage evaluations that are impartial, independent, credible and meet professional standards.

a. Carry out evaluations of projects, programs and policies, independently or as part of an evaluation team;

b. Supervise effectively evaluation work conducted by evaluation analysts and consultants;

c. Apply advanced evaluation quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis tools, techniques and approaches; contribute to the development and application of new evaluation methodologies;

d. Contribute to the Knowledge Management work of the IEO—synthesize findings across evaluations, systematic reviews; help organize workshops; e. Effectively engage with the relevant stakeholders throughout the evaluation process;

f. Apply high professional standards in line with IEO standards;

g. Keep abreast of developments in environmental evaluation;

h. Cooperate with other GEF Agency evaluation units and professional evaluation bodies in evaluation, knowledge sharing or methods.

2. Contribute to knowledge management and dissemination of evaluation findings and follow up on implementation of recommendations

a. Report to management and senior evaluators in the office on the findings and recommendations of evaluations;

b. Organize meetings, workshops and other discussion fora to establish a dialogue on evaluation findings (recommendations/ lessons learned);

c. Disseminate evaluation findings in appropriate conferences, forums;

d. Contribute to knowledge management activities in the office through knowledge products, social media;

e. Monitor the follow up to evaluations.

3. Contribute to strengthening the evaluation function

a. Provide training on evaluation, self-evaluation, monitoring and results-based management within the IEO and in other organizational units and GEF stakeholders;

b. Provide advice/information/guidance to GEF program / project managers on evaluations;

c. Contribute to the development and review of policies, guidance, systems, procedures and tools related to evaluation.

Selection Criteria

Knowledge of the global environment context and relevant topics: Needs to have a good understanding of the role of the GEF, and other funds and programs, in promoting Global Environment Benefits. Has competencies to provide supervision to analysts in the evaluation of projects and programs.

Education and Experience

1. A Master’s or higher degree in environmental or natural resource management, or other relevant natural or social sciences. A minimum of 5 - 7 years of experience in environmental projects or carrying out evaluations in an international setting.

2. Experience with projects and/or policies and strategies related to one or more GEF priority areas;

3. Experience with basic statistical methods such as regression methods and data interpretation.

4. Proficiency in advanced quantitative analysis, knowledge and use of databases, and skills in preparing analytical reports;

5. Knowledge of and experience with private sector approaches and operations would be an asset;

6. Ability to adhere to schedules and demonstrated ability to prepare quality deliverables.

Technical and professional skills:

1) Evaluation design – Has the required competencies to develop well-focused approach papers that include a complete background, address salient issues, and identify potential impact, with minimal guidance. Has a good understanding of various methodologies in evaluation, such as surveys, record reviews, focus groups and case studies and can contribute to the development of the most efficient and effective methodology for the design, with minimal guidance. Has a good understanding of various sampling techniques and their applications and can develop the most accurate sampling technique for the methodology;

2) Data collection and quantitative and qualitative evaluation analysis – Has the required competencies to collect reliable, valid and accurate information in an objective way. Has a good understanding of questionnaire design and can develop questionnaires and other review instruments that will address issues identified in the design, independently. Demonstrates effective interviewing skills and can conduct interviews independently. Has the skills to use project/program data and documents and to design and conduct case studies independently and is able to apply advanced statistical methods in analyzing data and has knowledge of statistical software. Can guide and direct junior staff in data collection and to ensure the data analysis of high quality;

3) Evaluation process management: Has skills of evaluation management, including developing a plan and schedule, assigning tasks, ensuring milestones are met on a timely basis, ensuring project costs are within an approved budget and ensuring evaluation objectives are adequately addressed. Can independently assume responsibility for managing evaluation projects and to supervise evaluation team members. Has skills to negotiate outside the agency on issues related to evaluations and conflict resolution skills.

4) Oral and written communication skills: Has the required competencies to: articulate relevant subject matter in a clear and concise way; pose basic questions and contribute information appropriately in formal settings; effectively use appropriate support items, including charts, graphs, audio-visual techniques, and hand-outs; conceptualize ideas and issues during the evaluation reporting process; and use critical thinking to formulate findings and recommendations based on the results of both qualitative and quantitative data, and the broader context of evaluation issues. Can develop clear, concise and compelling evaluation reports that meet IEO reporting standards, with minimal guidance.

5) Ethics: Acts with integrity and honesty in relationships with all stakeholders.

6) Fluency in English. Has very good oral and written communication skills in English. Working knowledge in French or Spanish is highly desirable.

Required Competencies

• Evaluation Approaches and Methods Understands and applies the approaches, methods, and tools of development evaluation. Develops, or assists in developing, the strongest feasible design to answer the evaluation questions and respond to the evaluation's purpose. Undertakes appropriate up-front exploration and planning for an evaluation, including stakeholder engagement. Ensures that evaluation planning considers potential unintended effects of interventions, both positive and negative, as well as intended effects. Ensures the collection of program documents, including the evolution of the intervention, the theory of change underlying it, if available, and monitoring and evaluation reports, and that the documentation is available for review by evaluator/evaluation team. Seeks to minimize the burden of evaluation through sound participatory planning, secondary analysis of existing data sets, and through joint (e.g., country-led) evaluations, as appropriate. Identifies cultural norms and sensitivities of the areas in which an evaluation is undertaken and ensures that the evaluation team and evaluation methods take them into consideration.

• Gathering and Using Evidence for Monitoring and/or Evaluation Demonstrates substantive familiarity with policy and process of gathering relevant and accurate information and evidence for monitoring and/or evaluation purposes. Demonstrates objectivity, fairness and balance when evaluating programs, policies and initiatives, striving to ensure that the information gathered is factual and complete. Demonstrates substantive familiarity and advanced proficiency with systems and techniques used in evidence collection and management. Demonstrates a practical knowledge of statistical techniques, concepts and standards underlying social, macroeconomic or financial reporting frameworks. Demonstrates mastery in sampling, analysis, modeling, statistical theory, tools and methodology used to prepare, interpret, and present statistical information and can present the evidence to diverse audiences. Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of relevant databases/sources. Demonstrates skill in analyzing data from diverse sources, identifying key trends and gaps in information. Has ability to lead joint and internal evaluations of projects, programs and topics.

• Communicating and Sharing Findings, Knowledge & Expertise in Monitoring and/or Evaluation Presents evidence-based findings; indicates clearly when opinion is given; and formulates conclusions that are based on the findings. Writes in a reader-appropriate style with clear story line, effective use of graphics and photos, and appropriate citation of all material. Demonstrates the ability to present and discuss the findings of evaluations which he/she is a team member to GEF partners and external audiences. Understands organizational policies and practices related to data dissemination and confidentiality. Articulates complex ideas, verbally, and in writing, using the most effective means of delivery and appropriate verbal and graphical content. Quickly drafts and prepares complex analytical and technical reports for the review of more senior colleagues. Is able to link all relevant cross-sectoral areas to own work and understands how they are interrelated. Draws on diverse, cross-sectoral teams to enhance the rigor of advice on cross-cutting and sectoral issues. Uses listening and questioning skills to fully gather information before giving advice. Demonstrates an ability to tailor advice ensuring it is pragmatic, realistic and does not exceed parameters of own knowledge. Proactively seeks new ways and media to convey new information and knowledge, using e-mail, intranet, video conferencing and other available media. Uses charts, graphs and other data presentation techniques appropriately to communicate data, technical information, or complex concepts to non-evaluators.

• Upholds Evaluation Independence, Quality & Standards Demonstrates skills in upholding evaluation policy, procedure and standards, monitoring own work and the work of others to ensure high standards and professionalism, and independence. Uses attention to detail in checking own work, ensuring all information is quality checked before going to press. Uses influencing skills in order to encourage other parts of the organization or external parties and consultants to follow organization’s quality standards and relevant processes. Proactively checks data and information from other areas of the organization to ensure parity with internal systems. Uses communication skills to provide constructive feedback on the quality and standard of information, challenging practices that need to be improved and providing clear, concise guidance on quality standards.

• Leading, Managing and Delivering Evaluations

• Contributes to impactful projects, as evidenced by work influencing or underpinning policy decisions. Builds and maintains constructive relationships with partners and other stakeholders. Conducts fieldwork and other reviews in accord with the design and evaluation good practice. Coordinates with and/or supervises other team members effectively. Motivates the evaluation team in part by sharing information and knowledge. Demonstrates skills in listening, influencing, meeting facilitation, negotiation and conflict resolution with both individuals and groups. Monitors human, financial, and physical resources and task delivery. Objectively identifies key risks to not achieving project's expected objectives, understands likely risks evolution trends over project life, and possible mitigation measures. Able to manage, under senior staff guidance, day-to-day activities under straight-forward projects. Provides management early notice of problems/ issues and identifies choices to mitigate problems

• Lead and Innovate Contributes new insights to understand situations and develops solutions to resolve complex problems. Adapts as circumstances require and manages impact of own behavior on others in context of the GEF’s and World Bank Group's values and mission. Identifies and pursues innovative approaches to resolve issues.

• Deliver Results Adds value by constantly looking for a better way to get more impactful results; sets challenging stretch goals for oneself. Immerses oneself in stakeholder experiences and perspective by asking probing questions to understand unmet needs. Demonstrates accountability for achieving results that have a development impact and financial, environmental and social sustainability. Identifies and proposes solutions to mitigate and manage risks.

• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries Appropriately involves others in decision making and communicates with key stakeholders. Approaches conflicts as common problems to be solved. Actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches displaying a sense of mutuality and respect.

• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge Leverages IEO’s expertise and body of knowledge across the GEF partnership to strengthen internal and/or external stakeholder solutions. Seeks to learn from more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen professional knowledge and helps others to learn. Builds personal and professional networks inside and outside the IEO.

• Make Smart Decisions Seeks diversity of information and inputs, researches possible solutions, and generates recommended options. Identifies and understands risks and proposes recommendations. Based on risk analysis makes decisions in a timely manner within own area of responsibility, considering the interests and concerns of stakeholders. 

The World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.  Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.