Director, Thematic and Country Division (IETC), Independent Evaluation Department (IED)

Asian Development Bank (ADB) Manila, Philippines

About the Asian Development Bank

Established in 1966, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution which is headquartered in Manila, Philippines. It is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB’s mission is to reduce poverty and promote sustainable economic growth in the region.

In addition to its headquarters, ADB also maintains 31 field offices around the world. Since its founding, ADB has been driven by an inspiration and dedication to improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific. By targeting investments wisely, in partnership with developing member countries and other stakeholders, the aim is to alleviate poverty and help create a world in which everyone can share in the benefits of sustained and inclusive growth. Whether it is through investment in infrastructure, health care services, financial and public administration systems, or helping nations prepare for the impact of climate change or better manage their natural resources, ADB is committed to helping developing member countries evolve into thriving, modern economies that are well integrated with each other and the world.

ADB is at the forefront of development thinking and practice, spreading information through regional forums, a growing online presence and the publication of specialised papers, serials, and books.

Economists, engineers, gender experts, environmental scientists as well as treasury, risk managers, procurement specialists are amongst the hundreds of professions at the bank working together to reduce poverty, and ensure growth across the Asia and Pacific region is sustainable and inclusive.

The main instruments for assistance are policy dialogue, loans, equity investments, guarantees, grants, and technical assistance.

Vision and Mission

ADB aims for an Asia and Pacific free from poverty. While it has achieved a significant reduction in poverty, the region remains home to a large share of the world’s poor.
ADB helps developing member countries to tackle poverty by providing loans, technical assistance, and grants for a broad range of development activities. ADB is preparing a new strategy to respond to the changes brought about by a rapidly evolving Asia and the Pacific. The new strategy will:
  • build on the 2014 midterm review of ADB’s long-term strategic framework — Strategy 2020

  • outline vision and key directions for ADB’s engagement with developing member countries until 2030

  • describe how ADB aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change

  • identify institutional and organizational reforms necessary to sharpen ADB's efficiency and effectiveness.

Environmental sustainability is a core strategy of ADB’s work as it is the poor that are most severely affected. Environmental damage and resource depletion are already impeding the region’s development and reducing the quality of life.

ADB is active in creating the framework for the private sector to be involved in investing in new projects that underpin development and improve the lives of 330 million people in Asia and the Pacific who live on less than $1.90 a day.

You can find further details on their website: https://www.adb.org/.

Director, Thematic and Country Division (IETC), Independent Evaluation Department (IED) Role Profile
The Independent Evaluation Department (IED) independently and systematically evaluates ADB policies, strategies, operations, and special concerns that relate to organisational and operational effectiveness. The position is assigned in the Thematic and Country Division (IETC) within the IED. This division is one of the two in the department, the other being the division dealing with sector and project evaluations.

IETC provides evaluation feedback on performance and generates and disseminates evaluation lessons. It is primarily responsible for evaluations at the corporate level (dealing with policy, strategy and organizational effectiveness) and thematic level (e.g. gender, environment), country program evaluations and validations, and project evaluations in sectors covered by the division, namely public sector management, education, health, and social protection. IETC also conducts validations of completion reports written by operations departments on projects, programs, and technical assistance (TA).

The incumbent will be responsible for the achievement of both division and department-wide objectives and targets driven by the principles of excellence, impact and team work. All evaluations culminate in recommendations to ADB and the Director is centrally involved in formulation of and consultation on such recommendations and in monitoring ADB with regard to their implementation.

The incumbent will report to the Director General, IED and will supervise International, National, and Administrative Staff.

Duties and Responsibilities
Leadership and Strategic Management
  • Provides leadership and guidance to IETC staff and promotes team work.
  • Ensures adherence to evaluation principles in assessing the development effectiveness and impacts of ADB support at the country, thematic, and corporate level.
  • Leads and identifies key result areas of the division and leads evaluation guidelines pertinent to the division’s tasks.
  • Leads the planning, implementation, and supervision of work plans and ensures quality of outputs and the achievement of long−term goals and annual objectives for the division.
  • Provides leadership in professional and operational matters, contributing new or innovative approaches to policy and operational issues and their independent evaluation.
  • Participate actively in the department’s leadership team, chaired by the Director General, IED.

Implementation of Evaluations
  • Supervises all evaluations and validations led by IETC staff and contributes to reviews of all IED evaluations.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to ensure high quality evaluations aligned with international standards and IED guidelines and processes
  • Leads the division in effective dissemination of evaluation findings and lessons and strengthening IED’s capacity and relevance.
  • Strengthens relevance of IED products by ensuring recommendations are clear, actionable, and monitorable and follow up implementation through constructive interaction with senior operations staff in a way that preserves IED independence.
  • Oversees the review of draft project proposals, and relevant draft policy, sector and thematic papers, to ensure that evaluation lessons are reflected in future operations and participate in relevant high level ADB meetings.
  • Oversees preparation of topical, synthesis and working papers that are country focused, thematic or corporate in nature.

Knowledge Management and Partnerships
  • Collaborates with IED’s Knowledge Management Team in (i) disseminating findings and lessons from evaluation work to stakeholders and (ii) conducting knowledge sharing events and/or evaluation capacity development activities to strengthen evaluation-based knowledge.
  • Collaborates with the rest of IED to strengthen partnerships within ADB and with governments, think tanks, academic institutions, and bilateral, regional and multilateral agencies to share knowledge and innovation in the evaluation field, and/or disseminates lessons learned from evaluations.
  • Actively contributes and encourages IETC staff to contribute to the dissemination of evidence-based evaluation knowledge through presentations, blogs, panels, etc.

Divisional Management
  • Lead and give guidance to staff on day-to-day operations of IETC in terms of planning, adherence to ADB policies, independent evaluation function, procedures and integrity standards, quality control, budget and human resources management, and staff development.
  • Provides strategic leadership, participate in human resources (i.e., staff recruitment, performance review and promotion) decisions, and provide feedback on and exercise quality control of studies.
  • Informs and provides recommendations to the Director General and Deputy Director General, IED on significant developments and guidelines development, emerging opportunities and challenges in areas of responsibility.
  • Manages the performance of teams and individuals providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
  • Approves and monitors work plans of staff and evaluates budgets and expenditures.

Required Competencies
  • Sound knowledge of policies of ADB or similar multilateral development organizations and exposure to some of its major strategic policy issues.
  • Ability to motivate and guide staff to achieve high performance and effective team work.
  • Ability to deal effectively with staff, Management, Board members, senior government officials, nongovernment and civil society organizations, and other external stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 7/8: https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/page/42368/adb-competencies-international-staff-7-8-201908.pdf.

Qualifications and Experience
  • Master's Degree or higher in economics or related discipline of relevance to macroeconomic policy, development planning, public sector management, infrastructure, environmental policy and management, and social sectors. University Degree in related fields combined with relevant experience in similar organizations to ADB, may be considered in lieu of a Masters’ degree.
  • At least 15 years of relevant professional experience in the operational, economic, social, and technical aspects of development economics and/or project preparation, appraisal, management, administration and evaluation in the key sectors and themes of Developing Member Countries (DMCs).
  • Broad-based exposure to the operations of multilateral development and financing institutions, with experience in all phases of the project cycle; successful experience undertaking high level policy dialogue, programming and strategy preparation; and exposure to portfolio management, project administration and evaluation.
  • Strong analytical skills to undertake or supervise conceptualization and evaluation of complex development operations and issues, carrying out effective economic and financial analyses; experience in undertaking or supervising significant analytical work related to cross cutting objectives of ADB or similar multilateral development organizations.
  • International experience working in development in several countries.

Terms of Appointment

  • The selected candidate is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.
  • ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking in to account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.
  • ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.

Location: Metro Manila, Philippines

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Ms Shijia Huang, at [email protected] on or before 18 August, 2020. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by ADB to undertake this assignment.


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