Program Manager
World Bank
Brussels, Belgium
5 dagen geleden
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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.

The World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is responsible for evaluating the activities of the World Bank Group institutions.

The Director-General of IEG reports directly to the World Bank Group's Board of Directors. The goals of evaluation are to provide an objective assessment of the results of the World Bank Group’s work and to identify and disseminate lessons learned from experience.

One of IEG’s mandates is to be encouraging and assisting developing member countries to build effective monitoring and evaluation associations, capacities and systems .

This mandate has enabled IEG to be a pioneer in Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) since the 1990s.

Roles and Responsibilities :

IEG is seeking a dynamic and experienced manager to lead a new multi-stakeholder Global Partnership program, the Global Evaluation Initiative, GEI.

GEI, housed administratively within the World Bank, is a donor-funded program jointly managed by IEG and the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), focused on global evaluation capacity development (ECD) efforts.

GEI is designed to foster evidence-based decision making around the world, through support for the development of enhanced Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems, frameworks and practices.

GEI is centered on the vision that better evidence contributes to better policies, and ultimately to better lives around the world.

GEI’s central aim is to strengthen the M&E capacities of governments (and other stakeholders) in Emerging, Developing and Fragile Economies (EDFEs).

GEI will target governments (and other stakeholders) in EDFEs where there is a market failure in terms of the supply of, or the demand for ECD support.

Through GEI, more countries will be able to establish and use M&E systems as well as conduct and use evaluations to inform organizational learning, accountability and decision-making.

This will contribute to more relevant and effective policy interventions, better responses to shocks, and ultimately progress towards national development goals and the SDGs.

GEI will also aim at reducing the fragmentation of the ECD market by bringing together a range of actors evaluation experts, academics, technical and professional staffs working in M&E, policymakers, evaluation association leaders, and many others - at local, regional, and global levels, to coordinate and create opportunities for collaboration on the development of better M&E systems, frameworks and practices.

GEI is an umbrella’ program that will finance and connect the work of new and already established ECD partners (through grants and contracts) to conduct ECD work in countries and regions across the globe, operating in multiple languages.

Some of the main initial ECD partners that GEI will work with include the regional Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR Initiative, www., the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET,, the Program International de Formation en Evaluation du Developpement (PIFED, http : / / international. / 8495 / PIFED.enap) run by the Ecole Nationale d’Administration Publique (ENAP, Quebec, http : / / international. / fr / accueil.aspx?sortcode 1), and the UNDP’s National Evaluation Capacities program (NEC, http : / / web.undp.

org / evaluation / nec / nec.shtml). GEI will also work closely with the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and various United Nation (UN) agencies active in ECD.

GEI’s governance structure will include :

  • Partnership Council (SC) will have decision authority on strategic directions, funding allocation, and results framework.
  • It will be comprised of the GEI’s Core Partners, namely those who support the GEI TF with a financial contribution.

  • Implementation Committee (IC) will coordinate discussions on strategic opportunities, partnerships, and implementation issues including at regional, and country levels with participation of the GEI’s main implementation partners, its funding partners, as well as selective client representative and ECD institutions.
  • Advisory Board will support GEI on a consultative basis. The members of the Advisory Board will be selected to bring to the SC and the IC, informed views and perspectives, relevant to the GEI’s strategic objectives.
  • The position is expected to be located at the World Bank office in Brussels, Belgium. In addition to providing leadership to the global program and coordination to the work of GEI partners, as described below, the manager will lead a small team in Brussels and two to three individuals in Washington ( the Project Management and Administrative Unit - PMAU ).

    The manager will report directly to the IEG Director of Strategy and Operations (DSO), who reports to the IEG Director General (Vice President).

    This position is subject to international recruitment and requires global skills and expertise. This position is currently geographically located in a World Bank HQ Equivalent Location Office in Brussels.

    Staff appointed directly into HQ Equivalent Location Office or reassigned competitively into an HQ Equivalent Location will be paid according to the salary scale applicable to that HQ Equivalent Location, regardless of the IRS appointment designation.

    Starting in mid-2019, IEG began an effort to frame the program and consult with partners on priorities for the program to address to meet challenges.

    With the hiring of the manager, the work in shaping and leading the program will transition from the IEG DSO to the new manager.

    Primary responsibilities :

  • Leadership : Act as strategic leader for the GEI initiative and lead, oversee, and manage the initiative on a day-to-day basis.
  • Mission and Strategy : Steer and oversee implementation of GEI’s programs in coordination with the GEI governance bodies, its implementation partners, and the GEI PMAU to ensure that GEI’s mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and outreach.
  • Program Implementation : Support implementation of GEI programs, including overseeing program implementation plans and funding, fostering high quality work anchored on harmonized conceptual frameworks, and nurturing innovation and thought leadership.
  • Governance : Work with the GEI governance bodies in order to fulfill GEI’s mission; support the Partnership Council in its strategy and decision-making role and follow through on Partnership Council decisions;
  • coordinate and lead discussions of the Implementation Committee; and ensure governance processes are followed.

  • Relationship Management : Manage key GEI relationships; maintain close and effective relationships with relevant departments within IEG and UNDP as well as with all GEI implementation partners;
  • promote partner collaboration; and seek out new partnerships with potential ECD implementers, funders, thought leaders and others as relevant.

  • Representation and Communication : Lead representation of the initiative and outreach to key stakeholders, development partners and donors, as well as NGOs, civil society, and the media, as they relate to the initiative’s objectives, activities and outcomes;
  • represent the GEI in external forums; and oversee GEI’s external communications.

  • Financial Performance and Viability : Manage GEI resources to ensure the integrity of financial arrangements and the financial health of GEI;
  • oversee the funding of the work of implementing partners, including the issuance and management of grants and contracts;
  • and participate in fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support GEI’s mission.

  • Operational Management : Manage the GEI day-to-day operations, including leading the GEI PMAU, and providing effective administration of GEI’s operations.
  • Selection Criteria

    The ideal candidate will have expertise in M&E and ECD, including in supporting governments in developing M&E systems and capacities.

    The candidate should have a track record leading multi-stakeholder initiatives and proven leadership skills; political acumen and the capacity to work effectively on a broad range of issues with diverse stakeholders.

  • Education. PhD or Master's degree with 12+ years of professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in a field relevant to the initiative’s objectives.
  • Relevant topic areas may include evaluation, public policy and administration, economics, business administration, organizational development, sociology, psychology, education, and others.

  • Expertise in M&E and ECD.
  • Strong foundational understanding of evaluation tools, methods and approaches. Well versed in evaluation literature, theories, initiatives, communities, etc.
  • Able to communicate authoritatively with wide audiences from evaluation scholars and practitioners to policymakers on a range of M&E topics.

  • Previous experience as an evaluator and / or manager or senior staff involved with M&E functions in a government or other agency, such as an international NGO or government department.
  • Additional experience working in coordination with government functions complementary to M&E (such as statistics, auditing, operational strategies, etc.

    would be helpful, though not required.

  • Experience in supporting governments in lower- and middle-income countries in developing M&E systems, frameworks and capacities and in strengthening country-led development processes.
  • Experience in providing technical advisory services (e.g., to governments, NGOs, etc.) and teaching on M&E in universities, executive education programs, and / or within government agencies or NGOs.
  • Contributions to journals and books on M&E topics, or other publications such as M&E guidelines and principles used in government or other agencies.

    Academic track record in the field of M&E, Results-Based Management or Public Policy is desirable though no required.

  • Well networked within the international evaluation communities. Able to identify and draw together individuals, groups and initiatives in support of GEI programs and innovations.
  • Experience working with counterparts and M&E experts in the Global South’.

  • Prior managerial experience. Demonstrated ability to lead teams to success, and an ability to inspire and lead colleagues from very diverse background, including creating a team climate of high performance, fostering innovation, and facilitating collaboration.
  • Start-up experience. Proven leadership skills, including the ability to lead initiatives / firms to success, to work with a great degree of autonomy and address complex administrative issues, and experience in starting up complex programs.
  • Multi-stakeholder program leadership. A track record leading multi-stakeholder initiatives, including the demonstrated ability to manage complex multi-functional programs, manage relationships with various stakeholders, convene various stakeholders around common objectives, and foster collaboration between different partners for positive results.
  • Partnership management and fundraising. Demonstrated diplomatic and partnership skills and the ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with government officials, development partners and other stakeholders, including experience with donor coordination.
  • Fundraising success with bilaterals, multilaterals, foundations, etc - and management of donor funding.

  • Communications. Strong communication skills in English, including the ability to present in a clear, objective and engaging manner in high-level settings.
  • Desired but not required language abilities in one or more of the following languages : French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic.

    Other language skills appreciated.

  • Country experience. Experience in living or working in GEI target countries or regions.
  • Travel and virtual connections. Willingness to travel internationally (typically four to eight times per year, from one to two weeks) and to interact with global colleagues virtually across time-zones and schedules.
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