Director General, Independent Evaluation Department (IED)

Asian Development Bank Manila, Philippines

About the Asian Development Bank 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines. ADB is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfil its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.
ADB assists its members and partners by providing loans, technical assistance, grants and equity investments to promote social and economic development. Bridging the infrastructure gap has been at the core of ADB’s work for more than 50 years, in order to improve the lives of people from Asia and the Pacific. ADB also invests in areas including health, education and social protection.

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Director General, Independent Evaluation Department Role Profile 

The Director General, Independent Evaluation Department (IED) achieves the vision of ADB by specifically promoting high-level accountability and learning in ADB, and for improving the performance of the ADB 's operations and policies and ADB's development effectiveness. The Director General will ensure that evaluation contributes to ADB's strategy and operations by bringing an independent perspective to the assessment of progress in relation to ADB's mission.
The incumbent will report to the Board of Directors through its Development Effectiveness Committee (DEC). The following staff positions will report to the successful incumbent: Deputy Director General, two (2) Directors, Sector and Project Division (IESP)/ Thematic and Country Division (IETC); Advisor (IEOD), 29 International Staff; 14 National Staff and 15 Administrative Staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Director General, Independent Evaluation Department (IED) will have the following key responsibilities:

In line with the provisions of ADB's evaluation policy (1), the Director General will serve a critical role in independently leading the planning, implementation and supervision of the department's vision, goals, strategies and work plan towards objectively assessing and enhancing the development effectiveness of ADB. 

The Director General will:
  • Lead and manage IED as an effective, efficient and independent evaluation function of ADB
  • Develop and implement operational policies, strategies and related instruments for IED to enhance the independence and effectiveness of the independent evaluation function
  • Manage IED's personnel, budget, and work program under the oversight of the DEC, and in accordance with ADB rules and procedures
  • Ensure high-quality professional work by instituting the necessary enabling environment, leading IED staff, and setting quality standards for IED outputs
  • Formulate and implement IED's rolling 3-year work program as endorsed by DEC and approved by the Board, and report regularly to the Board through the DEC on the activities of the department and other relevant evaluation issues
  • Monitor and report periodically to the DEC on actions taken by Management in response to evaluation findings
  • Engage stakeholders in the evaluation process and ensure that evaluation results are communicated to them and the general public
  • Promote evaluation-based dialogue and exchanges with ADB management and Executive Board members on issues of critical importance to ADB
  • Foster a strong culture of evaluation in ADB and assist ADB operations and developing member country (DMC) counterparts to develop their self-evaluation capacity
  • Cooperate with the heads of evaluation of other international financial institutions and development agencies and develop partnerships to promote independent evaluation, good practices and use of evidence-based findings for decision-making.
1.    ADB. 2008. Review of the Independence and Effectiveness of the Operations Evaluation Department. Manila.

Key deliverables of the position of Director General, Independent Evaluation Department (IED) include:

a.    Leadership and Strategic Management
  • Provide evidence-based evaluation findings, lessons and recommendations to inform ADB Board and Management on issues of critical importance to the institution and member countries
  • Establish and cascade the department's vision, goals, development strategies and key result areas (KRAs) in support of ADB's goals and in compliance with ADB's evaluation policy and other relevant policies
  • Lead the planning, implementation and supervision of departmental work plans and monitor the quality of outputs, achievement of long term goals, and annual objectives for the department
  • Ensure effective independent evaluations of ADB strategies, policies, operations, and business processes to improve its development effectiveness.
b.    Independent Evaluation
  • Manage independent evaluation activities, ensure a balanced and relevant products mix and enhance the quality of IED products, which include conducting systematic, comprehensive, and independent assessment of ADB-financed programs, projects, and technical assistance; identifying lessons of experience relevant to ADB and its DMCs; providing feedback to improve the design and implementation of future operations; and evaluating the development impact of ADB operations
  • Provide direction on corporate, thematic, country, regional, sector, and project-level evaluations and other evaluative assessments on selected issues or topics of broader relevance to ADB's future operations, practices, and procedures
  • Monitor progress of IED's work using a relevant IED result framework
  • Follow up on and assess steps taken by ADB to implement recommendations made in evaluation reports and studies.

c.    Knowledge and Evaluation Capacity Development
  • Support the development of evaluation capacity within IED, ADB, and DMCs
  • Disseminate important findings and lessons arising from evaluations
  • Promote the use of evidence-based evaluation knowledge for decision-making
  • Support the development and use of internationally recognised good practices and the harmonisation of evaluation criteria and methods, procedures, and evaluation governance among multilateral development banks
  • Ensure adequate quality control measures are in place and applied to IED reports.
d.    Department Operations Management
  • Facilitate effective department coordination and cooperation with other ADB departments and internal stakeholders
  • Undertake the performance management of the department, including motivation of department staff
  • Continuously improve the department's performance by regularly assessing the utility of the department's outputs and recommendations through analyses of users' perceptions
  • Manage financial and human resources, time and information to optimise results
  • In line with the budget process provisions set out in the ADB Evaluation Policy, prepare an annual operating budget for the department, to be approved by the Board, and efficiently manage the budget and other resources entrusted to the department
  • In line with the work program provisions set out in the ADB Evaluation Policy, prepare, in consultation with DEC and Management, a rolling 3-year Work Program for Board approval
  • Oversee the preparation of the Annual Evaluation Review, to be reviewed by both DEC and the Board, synthesising all evaluations completed during the preceding year, highlighting major findings and conclusions
  • Where relevant, participate in Board and Management related fora
  • Carry out any other relevant activities as the Board may, from time to time, require.
e.    Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Establish and maintain productive engagements with relevant evaluation and development partners, in particular the Evaluation Cooperation Group
  • Develop and strengthen relevant partnerships to enhance collaboration and synergies for enhanced results
  • Participate in international evaluation fora and networks.
f.    Staff Supervision
  • Recruit individuals and critical skills for IED both internally and externally as necessary.

Required Competencies

  • Demonstrated independence of thinking, high-level of professional integrity, and strong analytical skills, with earned respect of professional peers
  • Development practitioner with understanding and knowledge of the mission and work of development organizations
  • Proven leadership skills, ability to develop vision and strategies for evaluation, ability to manage change, ability to motivate and manage a team of high-level professionals, ability to manage the program and budget
  • Excellent and persuasive oral and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to interact effectively across organizational boundaries, with the Board, Management, staff, government officials, and counterparts and staff in other international organizations.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong academic background with at least a master's degree or equivalent in Economics, Finance, Engineering, Business Administration, or related fields
  • At least fifteen (15) years of relevant professional experience.
  • Please note that ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.
Terms of Appointment
ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. The actual appointment salary will be based on ADB's standards and computation, taking into 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.
The Director General, IED will be appointed by the Board of Directors upon recommendation by the DEC in consultation with the President. 
The appointment will be for a five-year non-renewable term. Upon completion of the term, the Director General, IED, will be ineligible for any other staff position in ADB.
Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.


Important Information: 

  • Close relatives (2) of ADB staff, except spouses of international staff, are not eligible for recruitment and appointment to staff positions. Applicants are expected to disclose if they have any relative/s by consanguinity/blood, by adoption and/or by affinity/marriage presently employed in ADB.
  • The working environment of the position is described in the ADB policy: ADB 2008. Review of the Independence and Effectiveness of the Operations Evaluation Department.
2.  Close relatives refer to spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle

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] OR complete the Application Form below on or before 13 May 2021. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. 

If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].
SRI Executive is exclusively retained by ADB to undertake this assignment.

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