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Chief Evaluation Officer

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  • Position title: Chief Evaluation Officer
  • Grade: PL3
  • Position N°: 50000290
  • Reference: ADB/17/183
  • Publication date: 10/05/2017
  • Closing date: 31/05/2017
  • Country: Côte d’Ivoire



Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).  The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.


The Board of Directors provides oversight and strategic direction to the African Development Bank Group. It is composed of Executive Directors who are representatives of the Bank member countries. Specifically the Board is responsible for the conduct of the general operations of the Bank, and carries out the following functions: (1) determine the general structure of the Bank’s services; (2) approve the financing policy and take decisions concerning loans, guarantees, equity investments and fund loans by the Bank; (3) determine the interest rates of loans and guarantee commissions; (4) approve the Bank’s operations programme and administrative budget; (5) prepare the work of the Board of Governors ; and (6) submit accounts and annual reports, as well as the administrative budgets for the approval of the Board of Governors. The Board does its work through a series of permanent Committees that review and discuss policy and program documents and make appropriate recommendations to the whole Board. Independent Development Evaluation Department; Compliance Review and Mediation Unit; Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board; Administrative Tribunal report to the Board.


The overarching mission of the Bank’s Independent Development Evaluation is to enhance the development effectiveness of the Bank in its regional member countries through independent and influential evaluations, oversight over self-evaluation processes and products, and proactive engagement in evaluation partnerships and knowledge-sharing activities. The core mandate of the Independent Development Evaluation is to conduct independent evaluation studies, provide relevant lessons, develop and harmonize standards and practices, support evaluation capacity development together with partner agencies and attest to the validity of both processes and the results of Bank’s self-evaluation activities.  The Independent Development Evaluation also collaborates and exchanges information with bilateral and multilateral development agencies’ evaluation departments, and undertakes joint evaluation of co-financed projects and programs.

The Independent Development Evaluation has three divisions: the Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration Evaluations Division, the Agriculture, Human Development, Governance, Corporate and Country Evaluations Division and the Knowledge Management Outreach and Capacity Development Division. The Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration Evaluations  and the Agriculture, Human Development, Governance, Corporate and Country Evaluations Divisions focus on undertaking evaluations whilst the Division 3 on Knowledge Management Outreach and Capacity Development. The Agriculture, Human Development, Governance, Corporate and Country Evaluations Division is mainly responsible for evaluations relating to country strategies and programs, institutional processes and reforms, and interventions related to the two High 5 priorities of the Bank, Feed Africa and Improve the quality of life of Africans, and in governance.


The Chief Evaluation Officer job is to contribute to the delivery of the Division work program by leading complex evaluations, supervising evaluation teams, mentoring and coaching junior colleagues, and supporting pipeline and work program management, and quality assurance activities.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision and guidance of the Division Manager, Agriculture, Human Development, Governance, Corporate and Country Evaluations, the Chief Evaluation Officer will:

1.  Undertake Evaluation Activities: Design, conduct and report on evaluations in accordance with the Bank’s Evaluation Policy and Manual and international evaluation standards (e.g. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development DAC evaluation standards and the Evaluation Cooperation Group Good Practice Standards).

2.  Undertake Meta-Evaluations and Meta-Analyses: Lead, and guide meta-evaluations and meta-analyses including designs, and methods (for literature search, and data collection, analysis and reporting).

3.  Undertake Evaluation Quality Management: Contribute to updating the Independent Development Evaluation quality standards, and quality assurance processes, tools and capacity.

4.  Contribute to the capture of learning from evaluation design to evaluation dissemination for use in updating the Independent Development Evaluation department evaluation manual, and for staff learning events.

5.  Manage human and financial resources of a multi-disciplinary evaluation team to ensure the delivery of complex and concurrent evaluations that are conducted in an independent, cost-effective, rigorous and timely manner.

6.  Promote the mandate of the evaluation function and contribute to the creation of an evaluation culture in the Bank and in Regional Member Countries.

7.  Contribute to positioning the Independent Development Evaluation as an innovator and leading-edge among other multilateral institutions and to maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of the Bank’s Evaluation Function.

8.  Contribute to building strategic alliances and partnerships with key stakeholders within and outside the Bank to further the Evaluation Function’s mandate and engage in evaluation communities of practice within and outside the Bank.  Provide substantive input to these communities and share lessons of experience. 

9.  Contribute to the preparation of the Independent Development Evaluation’s three-year rolling work programme and annual report.

10.  Perform any other assigned tasks. 

Selection Criteria

1.  Hold at least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Economics, Development Evaluation, Finance, Business Administration, Sociology, Development, Statistics, Policy analysis, Public administration, or other international development related field. A Certificate in Development Evaluation, Development Oriented Research and/or Program/Project Planning, Management and Evaluation is an advantage.

2.  Have a minimum of seven (7) years of experience as a Development Evaluator/researcher; identifying, designing, conducting, managing, and reporting development evaluation/research studies.

3.  Significant knowledge in quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods.

4.  Advanced and broad knowledge of evaluation theories and practice including evaluation needs assessment, design and implementation.

5.  Proven operational and field experience working in complex development programs.

6.  Substantial knowledge of operational/policy areas, procedures and practice of the Bank or other multilateral development Banks and/or other international development agencies.

7.  Operational experience relating, in particular, to areas covered by the Division (for example, governance; agriculture; human development; country strategies and programs).

8.  Substantial experience in development planning, management and evaluation in Multilateral Development Banks or other international development agencies

9.  Strong theoretical and operational knowledge of international development issues and theories relating, in particular, to Africa

10.  Substantial experience in providing strategic advice to senior management.

11.  Experience in coaching and mentoring staff’.

12.  Substantial experience in managing human and financial resources.

13.  Advanced experience to lead multidisciplinary teams, and work in diverse and multi-cultural settings

14.  Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.

15.  Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access and Power Point); knowledge of SAP (or other integrated document management system or quantitative and qualitative data analysis packages is an added advantage.







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