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JOB / AFRICA / VACANCY NOTICE / African Development Bank / Chief Evaluation Officer – Operations Evaluation (OPEV)








JOB / AFRICA / VACANCY NOTICE / African Development Bank / Chief Evaluation Officer Operations Evaluation (OPEV)










Chief Evaluation Officer – 1 Position



Operations Evaluation (OPEV)


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Closing Date:

15 December 2008


Duties and Responsibilities: The incumbent reports to the Division Manager of Operations Evaluation Department. S/he will:

  1. Lead/Conduct and manage evaluations that are impartial, independent, credible and meet professional standards and ensure that evaluations are useful and address strategic issues.
  • Develop and review policies, guidance, systems, procedures and tools related to evaluation;
  • Plan and carry out high level evaluations of the Bank’s interventions, policies and cross-cutting themes, ensuring that such evaluations meet relevant evaluation quality standards
  • Plan, lead and supervise professional evaluation teams (including both staff and consultants) undertaking evaluation activities;
  • Develop/adapt methodological approaches and ensure that appropriate and up-to-date evaluation approaches and methods are applied;
  • Plan and manage utilization of human and financial resources allocated to each evaluation, and monitor and report on the use of resources
  • Guide Evaluation Officers in the preparation of project and programme reviews and high level evaluations, including country sector reviews, sector and thematic reviews and evaluations, country assistance evaluations, reviews of operations processes and corporate evaluations;
  • Provide guidance to Staff and other stakeholders, including RMC representatives, to ensure that the OPEV’s approach is aligned with the Bank’s overall policies and rules, including commitments under the Paris Declaration and other high-level agreements on harmonization
  • Collaborate with the Lead Evaluation Expert in the quality control of OPEV products to be submitted to the Board Executive Directors;
  • Carry out peer review to ensure that evaluations conducted by other OPEV staff meet high professional standards
  • Prepare clear and concise evaluation reports to the standard required by the Bank’s Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE), concisely presenting evaluation findings, lessons, conclusions and recommendations;
  • Ensure that evaluations take into account cross cutting issues including gender equality, environmental protection and poverty reduction, and give attention to gender equality and diversity issues in the composition of evaluation teams and the conduct of evaluations.
  1. Promote the evaluation function in the Bank and Regional Member Countries (RMCs) and ensure that evaluation results are made widely known.
  • Ensure effective and appropriate communication of evaluation findings, lessons, conclusions and recommendations to the relevant stakeholders;
  • Lead or manage review, analysis, and commenting on documents prepared by Country and Sector Departments and other Units of the Bank Represent OPEV in the relevant fora within the Bank to ensure that relevant and useful evaluation lessons are reflected in policies and strategies;
  • Prepare evaluation summaries and presentations for wide communication of evaluation results
  • Organize meetings, workshops and other discussion fora to establish dialogue on evaluation results;
  • Develop assessment tools and provide assessments of various policy, operations or technical papers to be considered by OPEV, in particular seeking to ensure that evaluation results are taken into account in the Bank’s policies and operations;
  • Represent OPEV in relevant conferences, workshops, seminars etc within the Bank and elsewhere, seeking to ensure that evaluation perspectives and results are given due consideration;
  • Arrange/contribute to evaluation training and evaluation capacity building in the Bank and in RMCs, including preparation of suitable training.

4. Effectively manage human and financial resources in OPEV

  • Assist the Director and senior management team in developing OPEV’s work programme and managing OPEV’s human and financial resources
  • Select and supervise evaluation consultants, ensuring that reports and other products are delivered on time and meet professional standard;
  • Supervise and coach staff in line with the Banks performance management system, ensuring that clear objectives are set, performance met,

5. Contribute to cooperation and harmonisation in development evaluation

  • Cooperate with evaluation units in other MDBs and development agencies, and with professional evaluation bodies, with a view to promoting effective collaboration and harmonization



Selection Criteria: All Applicants should have at least a minimum of a Masters degree and preferably PhD in a relevant subject

Professional Skills Requirements:

  • At least a Masters degree in economics, social sciences or other relevant discipline or equivalent combination of education
  • A minimum of seven (07) years experience in evaluation or related field; a successful broad knowledge of all aspects evaluation will be an advantage

General Competencies
The work demands intellectual leadership and ability to apply evaluation knowledge and methods to broader operational policies and strategies The Chef Evaluation Expert must be able to demonstrate:

  • An overview of the Bank Group’s policies and operations and a sound knowledge of social and economic development in Africa.
  • An ability to analyze evidence rigorously and form independent judgments on complex issues based on analysis
  • Sensitivity and diplomatic skills to handle sensitive issues effectively and successfully manage difficult discussions with staff and stakeholders.
  • Highly developed communication skills (in English or French with good knowledge of the other language), orally and in writing, to explain and defend difficult issues and positions to senior Bank management, Board Members, government officials, etc.
  • Ability to operate effectively in a matrix management environment, both as team leader and team member, and a commitment to teamwork
  • Ability to build effective working relations with clients and colleagues in a multi-cultural environment and to manage diversity constructively
  • Leadership skills (with regard to staff, evaluations studies, missions, and other evaluation activities)

Computer literacy, including proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint; Knowledge of using SAP is desirable


Candidates must complete a Personal History Form (PHF), available at the Bank’s web site, and attach a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV). Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications electronically to: Only applicants who fully meet the Bank’s requirements and are being considered for interview will be contacted. The President, AfDB, reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.



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