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The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a financial mechanism that provides grants 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 implemented by eighteen 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 authorizes IEO’s four-year rolling work plans, approves annual budgets and receives all evaluation reports (www.gefieo.org).
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 at program and project level; and of sharing evaluative evidence within the GEF. 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, including impact evaluations and evaluations of GEF work across specific themes or country clusters. Evaluations may be highly complex when undertaken jointly with other evaluation units of GEF Agencies.
Key strategic directions GEF IEO
During the eighth replenishment period of the GEF (2022-2026), the IEO seeks to deepen the evidence on GEF’s results and performance through ex-post evaluations as well as provide real time feedback on recent shifts in the GEF’s strategy and programming, such as those related to country level strategies and integrated programs. The IEO seeks to continuously test and implement new qualitative and quantitative methods and approaches to inform the GEF Council on the performance and results of the GEF.
Additional strategic areas of work in the IEO include:
- Scale up of IEO learning and knowledge sharing;
- Continued improvements in evaluation methodology and quality assurance; and
- Enhanced cost-effectiveness, including productivity improvements in evaluations.
IEO is led by the Director of Evaluation, who reports directly to the GEF Council. The Senior Evaluation Officer will report to the IEO Deputy Director and Chief Evaluation Officer under the overall guidance of the IEO Director.
The Sr. Evaluation Officer will have dual responsibilities for leading thematic evaluations as well as leading the development and application of methods in environmental evaluation.
The Sr. Evaluation Officer will have the following primary responsibilities:
- Lead, co-lead and/or participate in thematic evaluations assessing the effectiveness of GEF interventions, with a particular focus on Biodiversity, Sustainable Forest Management and Land Degradation and related integrated approaches. This includes conceptualization and conduct of evaluations, including preparation of approach papers, drafts and final reports and data collection.
- As lead, co/lead or senior member of thematic evaluations, the senior staff will oversee the work of junior staff, including by providing quality-assurance (setting and upholding high standards of quality for various evaluations), and will engage with GEF Agencies and the GEF Secretariat staff in all stages of development of the evaluations, synthesis reports and learning engagements.
- Participate in other evaluations of thematic areas, programs and policies, independently or as part of an evaluation team.
- Provide Methods Advisory Support to IEO teams: This entails providing Methods Advisory support to IEO evaluation teams on quantitative approaches as well as data collection tools and manage a methods library. Build partnerships and hire partners with expertise to develop a range of quantitative and qualitative tools and products that advance IEO's work on improving M&E. More specifically, assist the team in consistent application of geospatial data and other quantitative approaches in evaluations, spearhead the acquisition of commercial geospatial data and socio economic data to meet IEO operational needs; provide geospatial insights into all IEO country evaluation work, manage the design and supervision of curation, storage and dissemination processes for data, and provide guidance on technology development that will enable staff to discover, understand and apply geospatial and socio economic insights at scale.
- Lead, co-lead and/or participate in the development of Synthesis Notes (IEO Learnings), develop a special series of Learnings related to advanced methods and data collection tools in environmental evaluation, Post Completion verifications, and learning engagements and training on these topics.
- Contribute to the development of the IEO training on methods. In coordination with the knowledge and communications officers, duties involve providing intellectual and content contributions to the development of IEOs training modules, and other activities.
- Represent the IEO in engagements with relevant stakeholders, and in international meetings and networks, as needed.
- Travel as needed, to undertake any of the above functions.
- Master’s degree in environmental sciences/geography, evaluation methods and/or other relevant social or natural sciences with at least 8 years of relevant professional experience.
- Proven strengths and experience in leading, managing, and implementing high-quality complex evaluations, analytical and technical tasks and evaluation teams
- Application of innovative methodologies and approaches in evaluations
- Proficiency in the use and application of qualitative and quantitative and geospatial evaluation tools such as QGIS, ArcGIS, NVIVO, GPS Surveys, drone deployment, LIDAR, machine learning and programming skills in Python and R
- Experience with a development or environmental agency and knowledge of the international environmental finance architecture
- Recognized for expertise in one or more areas related to remote sensing/geospatial analysis, land degradation, biodiversity, climate change, forestry, environmental policy and law, and related fields, through a publication record
- Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills, capacity to motivate and develop teams, and ability to operate collaboratively across organizational boundaries.
- Proactive, inclusive and innovative, with an open and collegial work style and ability to listen and integrate ideas from diverse points of view
- Ability to coach, mentor, develop and empower more junior staff, provide seasoned advice to more senior staff and managers, and work collaboratively with peers.
- Good analytical, writing and communication skills
- Good judgement and interpersonal skills
- Fluency in English (proficiency in Spanish, French and/or other languages in which GEF projects operate is an advantage)
- Evaluation practice: High level of understanding and application of the design and delivery of complex evaluations. Strong practical understanding of how to design and conduct rigorous multidimensional and theory-based evaluations under real-world evaluation parameters of time, resource, and data constraints.
- Leading, Managing and Delivering Evaluations – Building and maintaining constructive relationships with the evaluation team. Managing and monitoring evaluation resources efficiently and effectively, including staff resources; strong leadership and project management skills to deliver timely quality evaluations. Participation in evaluation networks. Recognition for important contributions to the collective intellectual life of the evaluation community as evidenced by (for example) active participation in seminars and collaborating with universities.
- Evaluation methods knowledge: Excellent knowledge of qualitative, and quantitative evaluation methods.
- Understanding of Agency self-evaluation tools and IEO validations (terminal evaluations) and methodologies.
- Outstanding writing skills: Demonstrated capacity to write strong evaluation/analytical reports under time constraints.
- Deep understanding of the GEF policy and projects/programs, GEF Conventions, and relevant cross-cutting issues.
- Applies evaluation expertise to develop innovative approaches that enhances the quality, credibility, rigor, and utility of evaluations. Keeps abreast of the latest development in the field of environmental evaluations to continuously improve the rigor of evaluations.
- Experience working across environmental sectors and regions.
- Strong practical understanding of how to engage with operational teams effectively through learning engagements and in the design and delivery of evaluations, protecting independence and credibility while promoting learning and ownership from operational staff.
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