Principal Evaluator / Evaluation Team

The Global Development Network (GDN) is seeking a Principal Evaluator/Evaluation Team to undertake the evaluation of its research program Mobilizing Local Knowledge to Improve Competitiveness Strategies. Completed proposals must be submitted by 1 December 2018.

The Program

The program Mobilizing Local Knowledge to Improve Competitiveness Strategies intends to mobilize developing country researchers to produce contextualized knowledge on the implementation of industrial policies in Sub Saharan Africa. This research, conducted by developing country researchers, aims to contribute to the understanding of the processes through which governments and companies interact to improve – or conversely penalize – industrial productivity, as well as the measurement of these impacts in developing countries. The goal is to generate empirical academic knowledge in three countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia and Ghana. The program will end in October 2018.

For this program, GDN is the chosen partner of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group and the evaluation will focus on the role of GDN. The program is financed by the Competitive Industries and Innovation Program.

Purpose of the Evaluation

The objective of the evaluation is to track and critically evaluate the extent to which the program achieves its stated objectives, and to qualify what GDN did to make the grantees’ studies – and the program as a whole- succeed if at all. The evaluation will assess the performance of the program, offer evidence and recommendations.

It is expected that the evaluation plan will clearly articulate an approach linking the review of three country studies (design, achievements, challenges) with the review at the program level (review of support provided and the challenges), including both process-oriented and results-oriented evaluations methodologies.

The evaluation will cover the three grantee teams located across Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia and Ghana and the activities GDN’s undertook. It will provide GDN with lessons learnt and recommendations in terms of its approach to manage research programs aiming at producing high quality research outputs. It should also explore GDN’s value added in managing this program as the chosen partner of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank and linking this research stream with policy debates.

Timeline, Reporting and Budget

Timeline: The evaluation timeframe is from 1 January to 31 October 2018.

Travel: The consultancy might involve some trips to participate in a mid-term review workshop to be held around the months of February.

Reporting: Ramona Angelescu Naqvi (Director of Strategic Partnerships, Communications and Impact).

Budget: The maximum budget for the evaluation (including consultancy, local taxes, anticipated travel, overheads, etc.) is 10,000 USD. 2 or 3 travels are expected (the tentative dates are: February/March, July and October 2018). The cost for these travels will be covered separately by GDN.

How to Apply

Read the full TOR for more details on the position and on how to apply here.