Evaluation Expert

  • Competitive
  • Luxembourg
  • Contract, Full time
  • European Investment Bank
  • 18 Sep 17

The EIB, the European Union's bank, is seeking to recruit for its Inspectorate General (IG) at its headquarters in Luxembourg, an

Evaluation Expert

This is a full time position at grade 7
The term of this contract will be 4 years

The EIB offers fixed-term contracts of up to a maximum of 6 years, according to business needs, with a possibility to convert to a permanent contract subject to organisational requirements and individual performance.

Panel interviews are anticipated for mid-end October. Subsequent Assessment Centres for selected applicants would also take place in November.

Purpose
The selected candidate will contribute to the evaluation activity of the EIB Group (EIBG) by leading thematic evaluations and by participating to the elaboration and implementation of the evaluation strategy and programme.

Operating Network
The evaluation expert reports to the Head of Evaluation. The successful applicant will work effectively as an Evaluation Expert. As such, s/he will lead various evaluation teams and support the Head of Division to develop and manage the evaluation activities for the EIBG. Evaluation teams may include or be composed of external consultants.

Specific post environment
Evaluations ensure that the EIBG is accountable for the activities it undertakes and highlight best practices as well as areas for improvement. Evaluations inform the choices made by the EIBG’s decision makers, shaping the way the Bank and the Fund work.

EV typically analyses the performance of individual projects, sector-wide policies, programmes, partnerships and financing instruments. This is done both during and at the end of the EIBG’s activity cycle. EV does not conduct ex-ante assessment or project monitoring. Evaluations address the relevance of the EIBG’s activities with respect to its policy engagements. They also assess the results of the Bank’s activities against the expected objectives. They consider the resources that have been mobilised and the sustainability of results. Finally, evaluations identify key improvements for the EIBG to enhance its performance and contribution.

A thematic evaluation is carried out by a team of evaluators under the responsibility of a Team Lead and typically involves: the analysis of EIB’s relevant policies and strategies; a portfolio review; the in-depth analysis of a sample of individual operations (which includes field work); the drafting of a thematic report that combines together findings, conclusions and recommendations; a consultation and dissemination process.

EV’s work builds on professionalism by relying on internationally recognised methodologies and contributing to evaluation networks. EV acts as an independent function to ensure its activities are impartial, objective and credible. EV has constant interaction with stakeholders within and outside the Bank, to ensure the accuracy, usefulness and dissemination of its work.

Accountabilities

 

  • The Evaluation Expert will carry out different tasks and responsibilities in cooperation with and under the supervision of the Division head of Evaluation. These include:
  • Full responsibility in conducting thematic evaluations on any of the areas of activity of the EIBG:
  • Leading ad-hoc evaluation teams of internal and external professionals in an effective and efficient way
  • Ensuring the design and quality of evaluation work and the final report from structuring to the dissemination of results
  • Ensuring that evaluations follow internationally-accepted standards in the field of evaluation, while taking full account of the specifics of the EIBG
  • Ensuring that all assessments are impartial, independent and grounded on evidence and sound analysis
  • Actively foster the evaluation function in the EIBG:
  • Contributing to develop, improve and implement evaluation systems, processes, procedures and instruments based on international standards and best practice
  • Supporting and participating to the system of follow-up of implementation of recommendations
  • Contributing to the elaboration and implementation of the evaluation strategy and EV work programme
  • Contributing to increase the relevance, usefulness and quality of the evaluation function in the organisation
  • Supporting the development of the evaluation culture across the EIBG
  • Support the Head of Division on the management of the division
  • Providing expert advice and recommendations on evaluation methods and issues in order to align EIB with best practice
  • Fostering an harmonious, diverse and effective work environment
  • Participate to and report back on a selection of internal or external events or working groups where EV representation is required (e.g. evaluation networks), building constructive relations with Bank colleagues and peers in other international organisations and using them to disseminate and further the work of EV
  • Contribute to other EV activities as appropriate

Qualifications

  • Master degree preferably but not exclusively in one of the following fields: Evaluation, Economics, European Studies, Finance or Engineering
  • At least 10 years professional experience. This includes – but is not restricted to – experience in evaluation, economic research, public administration management, banking and international relations
  • Hands-on and demonstrated experience carrying out ex-post, complex, evaluations (e.g. programme, sector, financial instrument evaluations) would be a distinct advantage
  • Knowledge of the EIBG mission and activities, of the political and operating framework, and of the project cycle would be an advantage
  • Strong analytical capabilities combined with attention to necessary detail. Able to think analytically and systematically, applying judgement on the basis of evidence and reasoning
  • Able to think conceptually, understanding a situation by identifying patterns and addressing underlying issues by bringing facts together, developing innovative and creative insights
  • Fortitude (courage) and wisdom
  • Considerable organisational and planning skills in order to manage complex tasks and to motivate, coach, work with and supervise teams
  • Excellent knowledge of English; good command of French* and/or another EU languages would be an advantage
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office tools


Competencies

  • Achievement Drive: Continually keeps an eye on performance, focusing on improving it, showing drive and determination to meet short and long-term goals.
  • Change Orientation: Adapts to differences and changes in the environment; takes a flexible approach to reach outcomes.
  • Collaboration: Works cooperatively as part of a team; works collaboratively with peers across organisational boundaries based on a genuine interest in and an accurate understanding of others and their individual perspectives and concerns.
  • Organisational Commitment: Is willing to commit to an organisation whose mission is to support Europe and is open to diversity, and to align her/his own behaviour with the organisation’s needs and intrinsic values, acting with integrity in ways that promote the organisation’s mission, policies and rules.

(*) There may be certain flexibility on this requirement, but limited to particularly suitable candidates who may not yet be proficient in French. If selected, such candidates will be hired on the condition that they rapidly build up knowledge of French and accept that their future career in the EIB may be subject to the attainment of sufficient proficiency in both of the Bank's working languages.

We believe that diversity is good for our people and our business. We promote and value diversity and inclusion among our staff and candidates; irrespective of their gender, age, nationality, race, culture, education and experience, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or disability.

For more information and to apply, please click on “Apply” selecting Job ID 104513 
Deadline for applications: 28th September 201
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