Senior Evaluation Specialist

Job Vacancy | Friday, December 17, 2021


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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 Thematic and Country Division (IETC) within the IED.

IETC provides evaluation feedback on performance and generates and disseminates evaluation lessons. It is primarily responsible for corporate (policy, strategy and organizational effectiveness) and thematic evaluations, country evaluations and validations, and sector evaluations in program areas covered by the division, e.g., economic and social development (governance, public sector management, education and health sectors, social protection initiatives). IETC also conducts evaluations and validations of projects, programs, and technical assistance (TA), in the program areas of governance and public management, and social development.

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Job Purpose

The Senior Evaluation Specialist conducts and/or contributes to country evaluations and validations, corporate and thematic evaluations, and other evaluation activities in line with the department’s work program and protocols. The incumbent acts as an international development specialist with a focus on the ADB priority areas of governance/institutional capacity (including technical assistance and safeguards), livable cities, climate change, and disaster resilience, and environmental sustainability. The incumbent also prepares evaluations and validations in these areas that are sector or project related.

The Senior Evaluation Specialist leads and/or contributes to preparing evaluation approach papers and managing their implementation and delivery. S/he generally focuses on learning and accountability from the country and regional operations, including sovereign loan and grant processing and administration. The incumbent draws key lessons from evaluations and their implications for improving development effectiveness and provides recommendations on key issues for ADB action.

The Senior Evaluation Specialist leads and/or oversees evaluation and validation teams consisting of international, national, and administrative staff. S/he may also be a member of other evaluation teams that undertake country program evaluations.

The incumbent reports to Director, IETC, and supervises national and administrative staff.


  • Prepares and/or contributes to the preparation of country assistance program evaluation reports and validations of country partnership strategy final reviews;
  • Prepares and/or contributes to the preparation of cross-cutting evaluations (corporate, sector-wide, and thematic; topical papers), with a focus on urban livability, governance and institutional development, and climate change and disaster resilience;
  • Prepares and/or contributes to the preparation of Annual Evaluation Review reports including theme topics related to, but not limited to, urban livability, governance, and institutional development dimensions, and climate change and disaster resilience;
  • Prepares and/or contributes to systematic reviews, synthesis notes, working papers, and other evaluation products, with a focus on urban livability, governance and institutional development, and climate change and disaster resilience;
  • Prepares project/program performance evaluation reports and technical assistance (TA) performance evaluation reports concerning urban livability, governance and institutional development, and climate change and disaster resilience;
  • Prepares and/or conducts quality assurance reviews on validations of project/program completion reports in the areas of urban livability, governance, and institutional development, and climate change and disaster resilience, as assigned to the division;
  • Provides comments on draft evaluation reports and ADB operational documents according to his/her skills and specialization;
  • Disseminates evaluation findings and promotes learning from evaluations in ADB, development partners, and developing member countries;
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by Division Director or duties that may be assigned as reflected in the incumbent’s work plan.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's Degree, or equivalent, in public policy and public administration, economics, finance, business administration, development studies, or related social science fields. University degree in similar fields and at least 5 years specialized experience in international development organizations, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree;
  • At least 10 years of relevant development and/or operational experience (including policy dialogue) at the corporate, country, sector, and thematic level; at least 5 years of experience in development evaluation (including project-level) and outreach in developing countries; and at least 3 years of experience in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Proven expertise within a specific area or breadth across multiple corporate, sector, and thematic areas with in-depth knowledge in the areas of urban livability, governance, and institutional development, and climate change and disaster resilience, in a multilateral or bilateral development setting;
  • Aptitude towards applied research, or preparing development evaluations; conducting country/sector/project-level analysis including operational, economic, social and technical aspects institutional and policy analysis and reforms, macro and/or sector economics and financial analyses;
  • Familiarity with development strategy, policy, and practices in multilateral and bilateral development institutions, experience in ADB operations is an advantage;
  • International experience working in several countries;
  • Ability to perform effectively as a team leader, exercising supervision, coordination, and planning responsibilities over the multi-disciplinary unit; coach or mentor team members;
  • Ability to share relevant knowledge to benefit the broader ADB community; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level 5.

General Considerations

The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

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.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on the qualifications of the selected candidate.