The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.
In line with the prevailing IFAD Evaluation Policy, the IOE multi-year strategy (2022-2027) and the Evaluation Manual (2022), the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) reports directly to the IFAD Executive Board (EB). The Evaluation Policy established that the evaluation function at IFAD will operate in line with internationally accepted principles for the evaluation of development assistance. Foremost among these are Independence, Accountability, Partnership and Learning. The IFAD Evaluation Policy also states that the IOE Director will ensure that IOE is staffed by independent-minded, experienced evaluators.
The Lead Evaluation Officer, works under the overall supervision and strategic, policy and management guidance of the Director, IOE, as well as the day-to-day supervision of IOE’s Deputy Director,
The Lead Evaluation Officer leads Corporate Level Evaluations (CLEs), Thematic Evaluations (TEs) and Country Strategy and Programme Evaluations (CSPEs) with complex operations. Lead Evaluation Officers’ accountabilities are:
Major activities include but are not limited to:
Major activities include but are not limited to:
For both Project Performance Evaluations and Impact Evaluations
For Impact Evaluations
Working at both the corporate and country levels leading CLEs, TEs and CPEs (and project-level evaluations as required), the Lead Evaluation Officer provides technical and managerial leadership to the substantive development and execution of the assigned programme(s), including providing (i) managerial direction to International Evaluation Experts, Evaluation Specialists (P-4 and P-3 level) and Evaluation Assistants and (ii) effective representation with government counterparts and other programme collaborators. Assigned areas include sub-regional clusters of countries or politically sensitive, high profile or highly complex countries. Externally the impact of the Lead Evaluation Officer extends beyond the scope of evaluations to enhance the continuity of IFAD’s global image as an effective deliverer of sustainable and technically sound pro-poor rural development programmes and projects. The incumbent impacts organizational relationships at an institutional level.
The Lead Evaluation Officer substantively and directly contributes to IOE’s main objective of producing: (i) quality evaluation of the performance and impact of IFAD supported projects and programmes, IFAD’s own performance as well as that of its partners; and (ii) learning effects and recommendations through evaluation work that lead to the promotion of innovations and its scaling up and the improved performance of IFAD’s policies and its strategies.
Lead Evaluation Officers provide authoritative advice on evaluation methodology and processes at the corporate as well as the country level. Combination of credible authoritative capacity with independent responsibility for originating specific evaluation initiatives creates opportunities for maintaining and expanding new client relationships. The incumbent also represents IOE in international evaluation related meetings and other external fora as required. Internally, the Lead Evaluation Officer, advocates for the institutional understanding of evaluation as both an accountability and a learning process that must be conducted with an independent perspective and yet in close partnership with all partners involved.
Evaluation partners consist, inter alia, of HQ managers and counterparts in IFAD’s Programme Management Department (PMD), project field staff, government and non-government agencies in IFAD’s borrowing countries as well as other national and international development actors in rural development in these countries.
The following are also an asset:
Applicants should note that IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD. In accordance with IFAD’s Human Resources Policy, the President can decide to assign them to any of the activities of the Fund. All International Professional staff members are required to be geographically mobile and positions in the professional category are subject to changes in location at any time in line with strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD.
In accordance with IFAD’s provisions, all new staff members will normally be placed at the first step in the grade level for which they have been selected. For information on IFAD’s remuneration package, please visit IFAD’s compensation and benefits page on our website. Applicants are invited to use the ICSC compensation calculator to estimate the salary and benefit entitlements. See here.
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