Expert Advisors (Evaluation & Impact Assessment)

About the Engagement

The Global Development Network (GDN) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have initiated an ambitious EIB-GDN Program in Applied Development Finance with the aim of deepening understanding of the results of selected investment operations of EIB's Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Impact Financing Envelope (IFE). For this partnership engagement, GDN will identify, train and deploy teams of research professionals in the ACP region over three annual program cycles to conduct evaluations of EIB projects with a view to understanding the development impacts of the IFE. The program will focus on issues such as regional integration, migration, and climate change adaptation and mitigation within the framework of Private Sector Development.

About the Position

GDN is seeking to create a panel of 5 (five) Expert Advisors (EAs) to provide counseling, guidance and methodological advice to cohorts of researchers recruited to conduct evaluations and impact assessments of selected IFE projects. While the EAs will not be called upon to provide such counseling and guidance services for more than 20 working days per annual program cycle, they must make a commitment for the duration of one complete program cycle at the minimum. EIB and GDN are, however, keen on forging a long-term knowledge network as a measure of sustained capacity building, and encourage the continuing participation of the EAs for the length of the partnership agreement and beyond. The EAs will, together with senior representatives of EIB and GDN, constitute a high-level Advisory Committee (AC) for the program.

The principal expectations from the EAs will be to: guide the researchers in selecting the most appropriate research methods and frameworks for assessment of the selected projects by drawing upon cutting-edge developments within their disciplines; to enhance the relevance of the work to global policy and/or academic debate, and; to ensure that the research outputs adhere to high professional standards. The EAs will be expected to travel once per yearly cycle to attend an inception workshop at EIB headquarters in Luxembourg where they, along with subject matter experts from EIB and GDN, will hold training sessions for the researchers inducted into the program. At the commencement of a program cycle, the EAs will support the researchers in defining their research frameworks and selecting appropriate methodologies. Over the course of the cycle, the EAs will provide advice and guidance on a needs basis. At the end of the cycle, the EAs will assess the research reports and associated outputs of the researchers. The EAs may, depending upon the joint decision of the Advisory Committee, prefer to be assigned two researchers each per cycle or impart aid and advice as a collective pool. Empanelment of the EAs is expected to be completed by March 2017, and the first program cycle stated to begin in September 2017.

Communication between the EAs and the researchers will be electronic. All communication and logistical management will be undertaken by GDN.

What We Are Looking For

You are a world-renowned methodological expert in evaluation and impact assessment. You are or have been an institution builder at a leading university or an international development organization. Your articles and professional writings are used as guidelines in the world of evaluation. Your work straddles several developmental areas, and you have deep experience in Development Finance. You have a practical orientation in your academic output, and your work has influenced policymakers and developmental decision-makers internationally. Most importantly, you are enthusiastic about research capacity building in developing countries and have worked closely with and mentored local social science researchers around the world and, preferably, in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region.

What You Have to Do

This is an opportunity to make the world a better place through your methodological and subject matter expertise, by aiding and advising a unique partnership engagement between a renowned public international organization and a leading international public investment bank. You will help refine the use of knowledge for improving public investment decisions, and build analytical capacity in some of the most dynamic regions of the developing world. For this, you will be expected to:

1. Work with EIB and GDN representatives on the AC to ensure strategic focus;

2. Participate in the recruitment of the researchers;

3. Help develop curriculum and research plans;

4. Deliver lectures at the inception workshop;

5. Provide mentoring and guidance on a needs basis; and

6. Assess the research outputs at the end of a program cycle.

Compensation

There will a modest honorarium associated with the empanelment, and GDN will bear all travel and associated costs for attending the inception workshop. There will, however, be no other compensation.

Empanelment Process

For creating the panel of EAs, GDN will be following a multipronged approach, including active search, referrals and expressions of interest (EoI). GDN empanels through a stringent, meritocratic and fair hiring process, and does not discriminate on gender, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation. GDN welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. Nationals of ACP countries are especially encouraged to apply.

About GDN

The Global Development Network is a Public International Organization based in New Delhi, India, dedicated to supporting high-quality, policy-oriented research in the social sciences to promote development. It works through partnerships, capacity building and networking.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, please visit the posting on the GDN and EIB websites. Please visit www.gdn.int to know more about GDN’s mission and initiatives. For questions about the program and the roles and responsibilities of a EA, please write to Anindya Chaudhuri, Senior Economist, GDN at achaudhuri@gdn.int, marking a copy to EIB.2016@gdn.int.

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