Vacancy Announcement Details

Senior Evaluation Officer

05 Feb 2024


The Senior Evaluation Officer, IOE, leads Country Strategy and Programme Evaluations (CSPEs) having a large number of complex operations.

Key Functions and Results

EVALUATION MANAGEMENT: Senior Evaluation Officers at this level substantively contribute to IOE evaluation management activities with a view to ensuring adherence to IOE evaluation policy, quality standards and evaluation manual. Major activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Supporting the preparation of IOE’s Annual Work Programme, the conduct of internal peer reviews and the periodical review of IFAD’s evaluation methodology and processes;
  2. Contributing to the development of the evaluation methodology; and
  3. Leading, training and motivating international/national experts in the conduct of project evaluation.

COUNTRY PROGRAMME EVALUATION: Senior Evaluation Officers at this level lead Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation (CSPE) activities, ensuring independence and accountability. Major activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Managing the entire evaluation process for CSPEs, including building teams of evaluation experts, production of the Approach Paper, organization of the evaluation mission, leading and being responsible for the main report, organization of in-country workshops and facilitation of the agreement at completion point on the evaluation findings and recommendations among the IFAD management and concerned governments;
  2. Participating in internal peer reviews of CSPEs; and
  3. Preparing concise, reader-friendly and yet analytically rigorous evaluation reports and presenting them in-house and to the EB’s Evaluation Committee.

IMPACT EVALUATION: The Senior Evaluation Officer enhances IFAD’s accountability and knowledge of results at the project level by designing and conducting impact evaluations as well as preparing the final evaluation report. Assessment and documentation of results and impact are done with reference to both qualitative and quantitative information. Major activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Customizing methods and data collection tools to the specific project design and area context as well as identifying relevant impact domains and sampling areas;
  2. Overseeing the collection and analysis of primary impact data to establish evidence and illustrate the project’s contribution/successes;
  3. Leading the main mission and preparation of the final impact evaluation report; and
  4. Making recommendations for the design/re-design and implementation of on-going and future operations in the country.

PROJECT PERFORMANCE EVALUATION: The Senior Evaluation Officer contributes to accountability and learning also by   conducting project completion report validations and project performance assessments and prepare reports in accordance with the Fund’s evaluation policy and evaluation manual. Activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Managing the entire evaluation process including developing the Approach Paper, desk reviews, organizing the evaluation mission;
  2. Liaising with country programme managers (CPMs) and other concerned stakeholders, leading or contributing to the fieldwork and guiding and managing consultants including assessing their performance; and
  3. Organizing in-country workshops/meetings, and writing or contributing to the evaluation report.

KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT/EVALUATION CAPACITY BUILDING: The Senior Evaluation Officer participates as requested in project development teams and policy fora to ensure that lessons learned from IFAD’s experience are incorporated in the proposed projects / programmes design and IFAD’s policy and strategy. The incumbent uses evaluation as a source of knowledge on rural development issues that must be systematically communicated and disseminated to partners and develops customized communication products, as required, to be posted on IOE’s home page.  The incumbent conducts evaluation syntheses to capitalize on existing evaluations and contemporary literature and knowledge outside IFAD. The Evaluation Senior Officer leads evaluation capacity development efforts in developing countries on a case-by-case basis.

  1.  MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Senior Evaluation Officer is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. This includes accountability for human resources, both staff and national/international experts, financial and material resources and related processes including contracting as required.

Full details available on the IFAD website. Application deadline 21st February.