ETC - Senior Evaluation Specialist
World Bank (World Bank)
Close on 31 Aug 2020
Location: United States
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Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org.

THE CLIMATE INVESTMENT FUNDS’ EVALUATION AND LEARNING INITIATIVE

The $8.3 billion Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is providing 72 developing and middle-income countries with urgently needed resources to manage the challenges of climate change and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2008, the CIF has been leading efforts to empower transformations in the energy, climate resilience, transport and forestry sectors. CIF concessional financing offers flexibility to test new business models and approaches, build track records in unproven markets, and boost investor confidence to unlock additional finance from other sources, particularly the private sector and the multilateral development banks (MDBs) that implement CIF funding. Total CIF pledges of $8.3 billion are expected to attract an additional $58 billion of co-financing for a portfolio of over 300 projects and counting.

The CIF’s success is premised on a solid partnership with national governments, citizen groups and communities, private sector sponsors, the CIF governing bodies, and the five MDBs that serve as co-financiers and implementing agencies of the CIF. These five MDBs are the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank Group.

The CIF was founded with the mandate to serve as a learning laboratory for scaled-up climate finance. The CIF Evaluation and Learning (E&L) Initiative is helping to fulfill this mandate through a range of strategic and demand-driven evaluations covering some of the most important and pressing challenges facing climate finance funders and practitioners. Drawing on experience from across the CIF portfolio of investments in clean energy, forests and resilience in 72 developing countries, the E&L Initiative uses evaluation to enable learning that is relevant, timely and used to inform decisions and strategies, for both the CIF and the wider climate finance sector.

Guided by an expert Advisory Group that includes representatives from MDBs, donors, recipient countries, CIF Observers, the CIF Administrative Unit (CIF AU) and external experts, evaluations are undertaken with high stakeholder engagement and a focus on applied learning opportunities. The E&L Initiative prioritizes five core learning themes and related sub-topics, developed through wide consultation and dialogue. Evaluations address key issues relevant to CIF programs, sectors and stakeholder groups. Broadly, the five core themes include transformational change, private sector investments, development impacts of climate finance and just transitions, local stakeholder engagement and benefit, and CIF design and approach.

The E&L FY20-22 Business Plan was approved by the CIF Trust Fund Committees in June 2019 with three broad objectives: 1) Application of learning in countries and institutions; 2) New evidence generated in priority areas; and 3) Collaboration and partnerships for climate finance impact. The E&L FY21 Work Plan that highlighted key objectives and activities specifically for FY21 was approved in June 2020.

The E T Consultant - Senior Evaluation Officer will lead/support/contribute to the implementation of activities as outlined in the FY21 E&L Work Plan, including a potential focus on the following key activities among others:

1.An evaluation of the social and economic development contributions of CIF investments, including impacts on jobs, economic value addition, energy security, health, gender mainstreaming, and other areas, to help inform ongoing and new investments.
2.An evaluation of the early implementation progress, outcomes, and emergent learning in CIF’s Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) to inform new CIF programs and other related initiatives and investments.
3.A newly revamped Transformational Change Learning Partnership (TCLP) fostering analytical work, guidance, and peer learning in support of transformational climate action and investments.
4.Various MDB, country, and/or CIF-led studies and participatory learning activities related to current or prospective new CIF programming areas (e.g., energy storage and renewable energy integration, climate-smart urbanization, resilient landscapes, decarbonizing industry, and coal transitions).

II. RESPONSIBILITIES

The overall responsibility of this position is to lead and support different E&L activities, including evaluations and learning partnerships, and provide strategic input to its overall direction and work planning. More specifically the position will be expected to perform the following responsibilities:

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Evaluations and other studies: Manage evaluations and other kinds of studies, including design and stakeholder consultations; contracting evaluation teams; managing processes and work planning; providing technical guidance on methods and content; and coordinating review processes with experts and reviewers. Study themes could include a range of topics related to development impact and transformational change from climate investments in clean energy, resilience, and forestry. Manage stakeholders including evaluation teams, CIF AU colleagues, MDBs, recipient countries, donors and other local community representatives to ensure quality, timeliness and high relevance of all deliverables.

2. Learning events and partnerships: Manage learning partnerships and events that include CIF internal and broader external participants on key thematic areas of relevance to the CIF and broader climate finance stakeholders. Conduct outreach, manage membership, guide content and ensure proactive engagement and relevance to participants. Guide the design and implementation of workshops (in-person and virtual) on key topics of interest to stakeholders. Participate in external conferences/events, in coordination with CIF AU, amongst other stakeholders, generating high levels of visibility, buy-in and uptake for E&L activities and lessons. Coordinate meetings with CIF AU, E&L Advisory Group, CIF Trust Fund Committees, and other external and internal partners.

4. Strategic advisory: Provide strategic advice, direction and technical assistance to the overall E&L work plan and annual reports, including the dissemination of and engagement around different studies to ensure lessons emerging are used in decision making and to spark new ideas and concepts.

5. Development of briefs and tools: Work to develop follow-on tools and products from key studies, potentially including guidance notes, tools, learning modules, summary briefs and others, as well as engage in related dissemination, engagement and learning uptake activities.

6. Assist with other miscellaneous support for implementation of the E&L Initiative, including on strategies and approaches, links to new CIF program design and implementation, and stakeholder outreach.

III. MANAGEMENT AND REPORTING

The E T Consultant position will be based in Washington, DC, within the CIF Administrative Unit located in the World Bank. The E T Consultant will report to the Senior Evaluation and Learning Officer in the CIF Administrative Unit, and will work collaboratively with colleagues in the CIF E&L team and the wider CIF Administrative Unit team, as well as with colleagues in multi-lateral development banks (MDBs), recipient/client countries, and other key stakeholders.

Selection Criteria

a) Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field and least 10 years of experience in managing or conducting evaluations of complex, multi-component programs and funds;
b) Proven track record in designing and/or implementing learning-oriented evaluations in a context of complexity, using systems thinking and mixed methods (e.g., quantitative and qualitative);
c) Proven track record of designing and implementing successfully learning initiatives, events and partnerships that engage multiple stakeholders on thematic/topical areas of interest, including a solid understanding of various approaches to evidence-based learning;
e) Sector experience in climate and environment programming and/or research, especially in relation to the CIF programming areas listed above;
f) Knowledge and understanding of monitoring, evaluation and learning in the context of MDBs;
g) Demonstrated understanding of relevant evaluation standards and norms, and familiarity with relevant evaluation codes of conduct and ethics; and
h) Strong team-work, flexibility, and adaptability, and ability to successfully navigate complex issues and challenges in a multi-stakeholder, multi-cultural environment.

Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.

About World Bank

With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.

World Bank's mission is to end extreme poverty by reducing the share of the global population that lives in extreme poverty to 3 percent by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity by increasing the incomes of the poorest 40 percent of people in every country.