Deputy Director General, Independent Evaluation Department

Manila (PH)
04 May 2021
18 May 2021
Department Head
Contract Type


Close relatives1 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.
1 Close relatives refer to spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle

Staff on probation are not eligible to apply. Applicants for promotion must have served at their position for at least one year and must have normally served at their personal level for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date. Applicants for lateral transfer must have served at their position and personal level for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date (reference A.O. 2.03, paragraphs 5.8 and 5.9).

This is a senior staff fixed-term appointment for a period of 3 years. This vacancy is open to internal and external applicants

If the selected candidate is an external hire, the appointment may be extended for a period of up to 3 years per extension, or not renewed. In case of extension, staff may continue in the position for another term of up to 3 years, or be reassigned to any suitable position in ADB.

The same terms and conditions also apply to a selected internal candidate. In addition, if the staff selected has a regular appointment, staff will retain the regular appointment and his/her selection will be considered an assignment for an initial fixed period of 3 years. If the staff selected has a fixed term appointment, his/her appointment will cease, and he/she will be given a new fixed term appointment for an initial term of 3 years.

Fixed-term appointments or assignments are subject to Section 3 of Administrative Order (AO) 2.01 (Recruitment and Appointment) and Section 8 of AO 2.03 (Selection, Talent and Position Management) and its Appendices.

Whether the selected candidate is internal or external, and regardless of the type of appointment, any extension of staff beyond age 60 shall be subject to such terms and conditions determined by ADB, including, where relevant, those provided in Section 10 of AO 2.05 (Termination Policy) and its Appendices.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and 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 fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The Independent Evaluation Department (IED) independently and systematically evaluates ADB policies, strategies, operations, and special concerns that relate to organizational and operational effectiveness. The position is assigned in the front office of the Office of the Director General (IEOD) within the Independent Evaluation Department (IED).

IEOD is responsible for department management and backroom support through operations planning, program and portfolio management, management of staff, and other general management and operations support.

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Job Purpose

In line with the provisions of ADB’s evaluation policy,[1] the Deputy Director General (DDG) of IED plays a lead and support role with the Director General (DG), Independent Evaluation Department (IED) in 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 DDG supports the DG in the design and implementation of IED’s vision, objectives and work program.

The incumbent will report to DG, IED and will supervise International, National, and Administrative staff.

The DDG serves as a key point of contact for high-level engagement with ADB Management and Board members on evaluation and evaluation knowledge management, enhancing the efficiency, relevance, and impact of ADB’s work. S/he provides high-level policy advice and support to the DG in the areas of administration and management of IED operations, human resources, and other policy and operational interests of the department, as guided by the evaluation policy. S/he provides quality review and inputs on the department’s annual report (Annual Evaluation Review) and other major evaluations. S/he maintains a respectful and ethical work environment for all and ensures staff can grow and development professionally.

The DDG provides technical and analytical guidance to the evaluation teams. S/he works closely with the Directors and Method Advisor to ensure that the methodology is sound and that adapted tools are selected. S/he provides insights on the analysis of the data and findings, helps identify relevant and useful lessons and assists in developing recommendations that are clear, well-substantiated and actionable.

The DDG is responsible for the development and implementation of IED’s evaluation knowledge management and leads the communication and outreach and knowledge and evaluation capacity development support groups of the department. S/he serves as the focal point for IED’s partnerships and collaboration with other MDBs and external partners, including for the Evaluation Cooperation Group.S/he provides analytical and managerial inputs, works with co

mplex issues and guides others in resolving complex problems and managing risk. S/he serves as officer in charge in the absence of DG, IED. S/he represents the department in internal and external venues and events with a high degree of professionalism.


Leadership and Strategic Management

  • Assists IED DG and IED Management in exercising IED’s functions of accountability and learning, in line with the key principles of independent evaluation and international standards.
  • Works with the DG in establishing and cascading the department’s vision, goals, and strategies, and key result areas in compliance with the Evaluation Policy.
  • Serves as the focal point in the engagement with operations on the preparation, discussion and dissemination of evaluation work.
  • Has a division of labor with the DG in the planning, implementation, and supervision of departmental work plans, and monitors the quality of evaluation products and services, achievement of long-term goals, and annual objectives for the department.
  • Monitors and proactively promotes effective independent evaluations that help ADB learn lessons and deliver better outcomes.
  • Acts as the focal point for the coordination of the Department’s work program and provides high-level policy advice and management support to the DG in setting direction and strategy, and carrying out the Department’s work program.
  • Leads the department in benchmarking and harmonizing evaluation criteria and methods, procedures, and evaluation governance among multilateral development banks.

Department Operations Management

  • Under the oversight of DG and of the Development Effectiveness Committee (DEC), manages IED’s Board approved 3-year rolling work program and budget.
  • Facilitates effective department coordination and cooperation within IED and with other ADB departments/offices and various internal stakeholders.
  • Undertakes delegated tasks for the overall performance management of the department, including motivation and development of department staff.
  • Provides advice and support to the DG in improving the department’s performance, by regularly assessing the efficacy of outputs and outcomes through analyses of users’ perceptions and indicators of the IED result-framework.
  • Participates in various forums in ADB, including those with Management and the Board as applicable.
  • Monitors and reports periodically to the DEC on actions taken by Management in response to evaluation findings.

Independent Evaluation

  • Oversees the development and enhancement of the quality control system for independent evaluation reports.
  • Ensures adequacy of the IED handbook (protocol) through regular updates and refinements for increased efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Provides feedback to enhance the quality of evaluation products which include independent assessments of ADB policies, strategies, programs, projects, and technical assistance; identifying lessons from experience; providing feedback to improve operations; and evaluating the development impact of ADB operations.
  • Provides directions in country assistance evaluations, thematic evaluation studies, impact evaluation studies, sector assistance assessments, and other evaluation studies on issues of broader relevance to ADB’s operations, practices, and business processes.

Evaluation Research and Operational Advice and Support

  • Leads and supervises evaluation research on selected topics to enhance learning from evaluation.
  • Provides or supports innovative ideas and projects to enhance the independent evaluation function in ADB.
  • Provides overall guidance to the Annual Evaluation Review, which gives an independent perspective of ADB's operational performance and development effectiveness, and reports on findings and actions taken on evaluation recommendations.
  • Reviews and provides advice on proposed operational policies, strategies and procedures, in light of evaluation findings, lessons and development contexts.
  • Contributes to peer reviews of selected independent evaluations and provides timely feedback to evaluation teams.

Communication and Outreach, and Knowledge and Evaluation Capacity Development

  • Ensures IED’s findings, lessons and recommendations are accessible, valued and used by Board members, ADB management and staff, and external audiences as high value evidence-based information for decision making.
  • Oversees the design and implementation of the communication plan and other communication and outreach activities to raise IED value addition, credibility, and influence, on the knowledge side.
  • Oversees the design and implementation of the knowledge and evaluation capacity development program with a view to develop capacity building internally and in DMCs as a core business line, as specified in the evaluation policy.

Links with Regional and International Institutions

  • Promotes partnerships and collaboration within and outside ADB for improved development effectiveness.
  • Participates in international evaluation forums and networks.
  • Represents IED in forums to cooperate with the heads of evaluation of other international financial institutions and development agencies.
  • Cooperates with heads of evaluation of other international financial institutions and development agencies.

Staff Supervision

  • Provides advice on human resources management.
  • Helps create and lead multi-disciplinary teams and ensures the quality of their work.
  • Helps manage the performance of teams with monitoring and feedback on performance.
  • Helps provide coaching and mentoring to teams and individuals.
  • Promotes and supports staff development.
  • Ensures an inclusive and respectful working environment for all.

Relevant Experience and Requirements

  • Master's Degree, or equivalent, in Economics, Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration and Management or related fields; or University degree and at least 10 years specialized experience relevant to the position can be considered.
  • At least 15 years of relevant experience in international development, with at least 5 years of development evaluation experience; at least 3 years of experience in the Asia and Pacific region; experience in ADB operations is an advantage.
  • At least 15 years of relevant professional experience, including in development evaluation, and demonstrated technical and multi-disciplinary competence.
  • Familiarity with the characteristics and principles of independent evaluation, developments in the evaluation field and their application in various dimensions of IED operations;
  • Ability to conceptualize and evaluate complex development issues and problems, preferably in multilateral or bilateral setting; conduct effective interaction on these;
  • Exceptional organizational, collaboration, and oral and written communication skills in English; and
  • Ability to perform effectively as a team leader, exercising supervision, coordination, and planning responsibilities over multi-disciplinary unit; coach or mentor team members.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 9.

General Considerations

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.

[1] ADB. 2008. Review of the Independence and Effectiveness of the Operations Evaluation Department. Manila.

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