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Senior Evaluation Officer

Job #: req20849
Organization: IFC
Sector: Other
Grade: GG
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: International Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): Russia, Portuguese, Spanish, French
Closing Date: 2/10/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2022, IFC committed a record $32.8 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises. For more information, visit

The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is the organizational unit in the World Bank Group (WBG) providing evaluation of, and feedback on, the development effectiveness of WBG activities in client countries.  IEG is independent of WBG management and reports directly to the Board of Executive Directors, with day-to-day oversight by the Board’s Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE).

IEG’s core mission is to improve the development results of the WBG through excellence in evaluation.  IEG has accountability and learning functions. The management of IEG is committed to ensuring the highest level of quality, relevance, professionalism, and integrity in IEG’s evaluation activities and to attracting top-quality staff.

IEG places emphasis on:

• IEG’s value proposition as a contributor to the WBG’s development effectiveness through focused, timely, and impactful evaluative activities;
• IEG’s efficiency and value for money; and 
• IEG’s effective engagement with WBG management and other stakeholders.

IEG’s Work Program is anchored around a series of “streams”, building evidence over time on connected development themes, trying to bridge between project, country, sector and strategic impact. IEG’s work streams are: Fragility, Conflict and Violence; Gender; Maximizing Finance for Development; Human Capital; Climate Change; Growth and Jobs; and a cross-cutting stream aimed at examining systemic issues in WBG effectiveness, working towards WBG operations and strategies with a stronger outcome focus.

IEG operational departments

IEG is led by the Director General, Evaluation (DGE), who reports directly to the Board of Executive Directors through the Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE).  IEG’s organizational structure comprises two operational departments: Finance, Private Sector, Sustainable Development and Infrastructure (IEGSP) and Human Development and Economic Growth (IEGHE), which are responsible for leading the evaluation of WBG programs and projects, analytic and advisory products, country strategies, corporate evaluations, and sector, thematic or focused evaluations across the WBG.

The IEGFS unit is responsible for thematic and focused evaluations as well as Synthesis evaluation products (Evaluation Insight Notes) and Learning Engagements on finance, private sector, infrastructure and sustainable development topics. The IEGFS unit evaluation activities cover the work of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the WBG’s Global Practices that deal with finance, private sector development, infrastructure and sustainable development. 

The main areas of work of IEGFS are:

• Thematic evaluations that are multi-level, multi-project evaluations which rely on elaborate mixed methods designs that usually combine synthetic analyses at the overall portfolio level with in-depth analyses at country, project or other levels of analysis. Within the framework of major evaluations, IEG employs a range of methodological approaches such as i.e., portfolio analyses, structured literature reviews, surveys and case study analyses.
• Evaluation Insight Notes (EINs) that are Synthesis evaluation reports that generate new insights from existing evidence to address knowledge gaps and contribute to enhanced operational learning. An EIN draws from existing knowledge applying synthesis approaches. EINs systematically organize evidence from disparate IEG evaluations, validations and other work, and can be supplemented by additional existing studies. 
• Learning Engagements that are structured series of activities aimed to support WBG management, staff, and clients in absorbing and applying knowledge from IEG evaluations. They aim to lead to early course-correction, identifying and filling gaps in existing knowledge. They are co-owned by IEG and WBG management, with outputs jointly created between IEG and operational counterparts. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Unit Manager, the Sr. Evaluation Officer will have the following primary responsibilities:

• Lead, co-lead and/or participate in thematic evaluations assessing the relevance and effectiveness of the IFC, MIGA and/or World Bank assistance in the private sector development and finance areas. Evaluations that IEGFS has recently completed or is developing in these areas include: Economic Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, Private Capital Mobilization, State-Owned Enterprises and Financial Inclusion. While most evaluations cover the work of the World Bank, the IFC and MIGA, some are specifically focused on the IFC or the IFC and MIGA. They include: IFC and MIGA Private Sector Investment in Fragile and Conflict Situations, IFC Additionality in Middle Income Countries and IFC Platforms. The selected candidate will be asked to carry out evaluations that cover all three institutions or that are specifically focused on the IFC and MIGA.
• Participate in thematic evaluations assessing the development effectiveness of the IFC, MIGA and World Bank assistance on sustainable development and infrastructure areas. While the senior staff is expected to focus mostly on private sector and finance evaluations, he/she may be asked to contribute to evaluations on these other topics as well. Recent or ongoing evaluations that IEGFS has recently completed or is developing on sustainable development and infrastructure topics include: The Natural Resource Degradation and Human Vulnerability Nexus, Municipal Solid Waste, Managing Urban Spatial Growth, Disaster Risk Reduction and Private Sector Action in Climate. 
• Lead, co-lead and/or participate in the development of Evaluation Insight Notes (EINs) and Learning Engagements (LEs) on the topics mentioned above, covering the work of the IFC, MIGA and the World Bank. Examples of EINs and LEs include Decarbonization of Transport (IEN), and an assessment of the Private Sector Window (LE).
• As a lead, a co/lead or a senior member of thematic evaluations, EINs and LEs, 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 seek advice from the FS technical leads and the Unit Manager. He/she will also advise other IEG teams in areas of expertise.
• The senior staff will work closely with the IEG Methods team in all phases of the evaluation, including to identify the evaluation questions and the relevant methods to answer them and to discuss the validity of the findings of the analysis. 
• The senior staff will engage with IFC, MIGA and World Bank operational counterparts in key stages of development of the evaluations, EINs and LEs. Engagement with WBG counterparts is particularly important at inception – to define the objectives and scope of the evaluation – and at the time when the team has identified emerging findings and recommendations.
• The senior staff will engage in disseminating the findings of the evaluations, EINs and LEs within the World Bank Group (internal dissemination) and with external clients (government representatives, private sector and international partner organizations). He/she will work on the dissemination plan closely with IEG Knowledge and Communications (KC) team.
• Contribute to VPU, departmental, and cross-sectoral activities designed to help IEG pursue its mission, specifically in providing methodological advice and coaching across units, and contribute in other forms to the development of IEG products.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate is required to have the following minimum qualifications, skills, motivation and personal attributes:

• Ph.D. (preferred) and 8 years of experience or Master’s degree and 12 years of experience in directly relevant area of expertise (finance, business administration, economics, evaluation).
• Demonstrated in-depth knowledge and experience of IFC or MIGA (or other financial institution) operations (investment, advisory, guarantees). Knowledge of World Bank operations (lending and analytical and advisory activities) is a plus.
• Demonstrated experience in designing, conducting and leading evaluations or major analytical work. 
• Sound understanding of IFC, MIGA and World Bank strategies and corporate processes.
• Outstanding writing skills: ability to convey complex concepts through well-structured, simple, convincing messages. Outstanding aptitude for critical and structured qualitative and quantitative analysis, as evidenced by a strong track record of contributions to complex analytical and operational work.
• Demonstrated ability to manage teams to deliver complex tasks, including high quality analytical reports, on time and within budget.
• Excellent communication, diplomatic and negotiating skills, with demonstrated strong personal maturity, balanced judgment, and a track record of building and maintaining partnerships with colleagues and clients.
• Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills, capacity to motivate and develop teams, and ability to operate collaboratively within and 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.
Job-Specific Competencies:

• Eight to twelve years of experience in operational and/or analytical work in: (a) an operational, evaluation or strategy department of the IFC, MIGA, the World Bank or another international financial institution with private sector operations, or (b) in a private sector enterprise or bank with international operations in developing countries. 
• Experience working with portfolio data of the IFC or MIGA’s and ideally World Bank, or of other international financial institutions, including relevant operational data platform and portals.
• In depth knowledge of advanced qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, including (among others) structured literature review, portfolio analysis, development of theory of change and theory of action, comparative case studies, statistical and econometric analysis and qualitative data analysis.
• Familiarity and exposure to IFC and MIGA’s (or other International Financial Institutions) operational strategies, processes, instruments, policies and procedures, including credit and underwriting policies, IFC/MIGA Performance Standards, as well as risk and exposure policies. Familiarity and exposure to World Bank’s operational strategies, processes and instruments is a plus.
• Familiarity and exposure to methodologies for evaluation of private sector and finance operations such as IFI’s Good Practice Standards, XPSRs, PCRs and PERs, as well as impact measurement approaches such as IFC’s AIMM and MIGA’s IMPACT. Familiarity and exposure to World Bank’s methodologies for evaluation (ICRRs) is a plus. 
• Highly organized and able to work under competing deadlines and multitask. Driven and committed to consistently deliver high quality work. 
• Demonstrated ability to operate collaboratively across organizational boundaries and track record of strong teamwork, knowledge sharing, and capacity to motivate and develop teams.
• Ability and willingness to travel to developing countries.
• Fluent in English. Fluent knowledge of other languages is a plus.

Required GG level IEG competencies:

Lead and Motivate - Encourages and works with others to identify, incubate and implement relevant solutions. Identifies opportunities in changing circumstances and energizes others to continuously improve, using intentional strategies to boost morale, team spirit, and productivity in context of WBG's values and mission. Helps others to understand problems, client needs and the underlying context.

Deliver Results for Clients - Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially, environmentally and socially sustainable. Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients. Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes. 

Contributes to enhancing the outcome-orientation of the World Bank Group.

Innovate – Applies evaluation expertise to develop innovative approaches that enhances the quality, credibility, rigor, and utility of IEG evaluations. Keeps abreast of the latest development in the field of development evaluations to continuously improve the rigor of evaluation within IEG.

Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect. Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions, giving credit where credit is due. Leverages expertise of all team members to ensure successful outcomes. Makes choices and sets priorities with a WBG corporate perspective in mind.

Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across WBG, clients, and partners. Is known across WBG and beyond for his/her evaluation knowledge and is sought out by colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products. Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and mentors junior staff. Builds networks across the WBG and as part of external professional groups/networks.

Make Smart Decisions - Applies critical thinking and seeks inputs and experience from others to recommend a course of action consistent with the WBG's strategy. Evaluates risk and anticipates the short- and long-term implications of decisions. Commits to a decision and takes action once a decision has been reached.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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