Purpose of Job
The Director, Deputy to the MD, Chief Evaluator assists her/him to implement the vision and accomplish the core objectives of the Evaluation Department (EVD), namely that it contributes to effective institutional accountability to shareholders, and superior institutional performance, relevance and reputation. In line with the provisions of the EBRD’s evaluation policy, the Director-Deputy plays a lead and support role in the planning, implementation, and supervision of the department’s vision, goals, strategies, and work plan, towards objectively assessing and enhancing the effectiveness of EBRD.
Reporting directly to the Chief Evaluator the Director-Deputy performs a wide range of delegated strategic and line management responsibilities under the guidance of the CE and in close collaboration and consultation with EVD staff, EBRD Board and Management. This encompasses the operationalisation of the EVD vision and strategy, the design and delivery of the EVD Work Programme and specific EVD evaluation products and services, engagement with Management and Board on specific issues, administrative, personnel and budget matters, the development and external representation and advocacy. S/he provides analytical and managerial inputs, works with complex issues and guide others in resolving complex problems and managing risk. S/he maintains a respectful and ethical work environment for all and ensures staff can grow and development professionally.
The Director-Deputy serves as a key point of contact for high-level engagement with EBRD management and Board members on evaluation and evaluation knowledge management. S/he serves as the focal point for EVD’s partnerships and collaboration with other IFIs and external partners, including for the Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG). S/he serves as officer in charge in the absence of the Chief Evaluator. S/he represents the department in internal and external venues and events with a high degree of professionalism.
The Director-Deputy provides support to the Chief Evaluator in developing and implementing a strategic approach to Evaluation knowledge Management in EVD.
As Director CT, the Director-Deputy is also in charge of the implementation of the corporate and thematic evaluations, the EVD Annual report, and related knowledge products as per the Work Programme. S/he manages the team, ensure timely delivery of high quality evaluation products in a spirit of excellence, ethic, respectful workplace and teamwork. S/he provides technical and analytical guidance to the evaluation teams, ensures that the methodology is sound and that adapted tools are selected. S/he provides insights on the analysis of the data and findings, helps identify relevant and useful lessons and assists in developing recommendations that are clear, well-substantiated and actionable.
The Director-Deputy draws on deep evaluation experience, including from other IFIs and/or relevant organisations, and a sophisticated understanding of evaluation tools and methods to provide high-level professional direction and support across the full range of EVD activities, and seasoned judgment and counsel to the Chief Evaluator. The Director-Deputy is a senior Manager/Contributor on strategic, operational and administrative levels, internally and externally.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
Leadership and Strategic Management
- Assist the Chief Evaluator in exercising EVD’s functions of accountability and learning, in line with the key principles of independent evaluation and international standards.
- Work with the CE in establishing and cascading the department’s vision, goals, and strategies in compliance with the Evaluation Policy.
- Provide support CE in the planning, implementation, and supervision of departmental work plans, and monitor the quality of evaluation products and services, achievement of long term goals, and annual objectives for the department.
- Assist CE across the full range of ongoing EVD activities, including communication, representation and advocacy on evaluation matters with both internal and external audiences; and recruitment, development and retention of highly capable staff needed to produce world-class evaluation products and services.
- Provide leadership in benchmarking and harmonizing evaluation criteria and methods, procedures, and evaluation governance in EVD and in alignment with international practices.
- Monitor and proactively promote effective independent evaluations that help EBRD learn lessons and deliver better outcomes.
- Ensure EVD’s findings, lessons and recommendations are accessible, valued and used by Board members, EBRD management and staff, and external audiences as high value evidence-based information for decision making.
- Direct line management authority for EVD Administrative staff and Associates, Evaluation Analysts.
- Under the oversight of CE and of the Audit Committee (AC), development and implementation of EVD’s Board approved 3-year rolling work program and budget.
- Effective department coordination and cooperation within EVD other EBRD departments/offices and various internal stakeholders.
- Back-up for the CE with respect to engagement with Board members and Senior Management; regular engagement with EVD Focal Points on the full range of EVD/Management issues.
- Enhanced quality control system for independent evaluation reports, including with implementation of the EVD Protocol through regular updates and refinements for increased efficiency and effectiveness.
- Feedback to enhance the quality of evaluation products, which include independent assessments of EBRD policies, strategies, programs, projects, and technical assistance.
- Feedback, insights and coordinated progress on EBRD self-evaluation production and delivery process.
- High quality, timely evaluations / special studies and/or evaluation knowledge products, training and other service activities, and selected ad hoc activities/products during the course of the year.
- Directions in corporate and thematic evaluation and other evaluation work on issues of broader relevance to EBRD’s operations, practices, and business processes.
- Support to innovative ideas and projects to enhance the usefulness and use of independent evaluation knowledge in EBRD.
- Review and advice on proposed operational policies, strategies and procedures, in light of evaluation findings, lessons and development contexts.
- Review of selected independent evaluations and provide timely feedback to evaluation teams.
- Guidance to the AER, which gives an independent perspective of EBRD’s operational performance and development effectiveness, and reports on findings and actions taken on evaluation recommendations.
Training and Awareness Raising
- Reinforce and promote a clear understanding of the staff rules and regulations, procedures and practices regarding the standards of conduct that EBRD requires its Management and staff to adhere to at all times.
- Contribute to EBRD’s broader campaigns on positive workplace behaviour and organizational health and ensure implementation in EVD.
- Contribute to a strong evaluation culture in EBRD.
- Promote partnerships and collaboration within and outside ADB for improved development effectiveness.
- Participate in international evaluation forums and networks.
- Cooperate with heads of evaluation of other international financial institutions and development agencies.
- Ensure EVD staff have access to relevant trainings for their own development and for enhanced performance of the Department.
- Creates and leads multi-disciplinary teams and ensures the overall quality of work and provides coaching and mentoring to teams and individuals and ensures their on-going learning and development.
- Provides regular feedback to the CE on Unit’s activities, promotes and support staff development, and ensures an inclusive and respectful working environment for all.
Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications
- Minimum of Master’s Degree, or equivalent, in Economics, Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration and Management or related fields.
- At least 15 years of relevant experience in international development, evaluation, banking or finance.
- Deep knowledge of the role, methods and challenges of results management and evaluation in other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and an advanced knowledge of evaluation.
- Leadership experience in a public institution context; ability to motivate, persuade and guide.
- Strong soft skills and managerial experience, including planning, programme delivery and team building.
- Track record in other IFIs of application of sound professional judgement and creative resolution of complex issues regarding wider institutional performance.
- Experience in other MDBs is a distinctive advantage.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical and strategic issues to a diverse audience.
- Ability to formulate strategy objectives and conceptual and strategic level skills, and capacity to connect them to a pragmatic and credible execution plan to achieve them.
- Strong partnership and negotiation skills to enable positive engagement with teams throughout the Bank and contribute to the advancement and absorption of EVD’s role and contributions.
We will support international candidates with their relocation to the UK.
What is it like to work at the EBRD?
Our agile and innovative approach is what makes life at the EBRD a unique experience! You will be part of a pioneering and diverse international organisation, and use your talents to make a real difference to people’s lives and help shape the future of the regions we invest in.
The EBRD environment provides you with:
- Varied, stimulating and engaging work that gives you an opportunity to interact with a wide range of experts in the financial, political, public and private sectors across the regions we invest in;
- A working culture that embraces inclusion and celebrates diversity;
- An environment that places sustainability, equality and digital transformation at the heart of what we do.
Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.