About the Engagement

The Global Development Network (GDN) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have initiated an ambitious EIB-GDN Program in Applied Development Finance for tracking and deepening understanding of the results of selected investment operations of EIB’s Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Impact Financing Envelope (IFE). For this partnership engagement, GDN will identify, train and deploy teams of research professionals in the African, Caribbean  and Pacific (ACP) region to conduct evaluations of EIB projects with a view to deepening understanding of the development impacts of the IFE. The program will focus on issues such as regional integration, migration, and climate change adaptation and mitigation within the framework of Private Sector Development.

About the Positions

GDN is seeking to induct, as Research Fellows, up to 10 research professionals from ACP countries to constitute the inaugural research team. The purpose of the Fellowships is to provide qualified young researchers interested in evaluation of Development Finance and Private Sector Development a practical opportunity to hone their impact assessment skills by working on real-world projects funded by one of the world’s leading financial institutions, under the guidance of top international experts in evaluation and impact assessment.

The Fellowship will be over a period of 1 year, beginning in September 2017. Upon induction, the candidates will attend a capacity- building workshop in September 2017 at EIB headquarters in Luxembourg, where they will receive intensive training in evaluation methodologies and analytical techniques, and will be familiarized with EIB and its operations. They will subsequently be assigned with evaluating, over a period of one year, the economic, social and associated impact of selected projects funded under the IFE. The inductees will be aided and guided by Expert Advisors (EAs) on a needs basis but will otherwise be expected to work independently. Every inductee will be expected to submit a professional report at the end of the one-year program cycle. Usually this will be a single-author report covering one project. The inductees may, in addition, be required to work collaboratively on another report. Upon validation of completion of all program requirements, including assessment of the quality of the reports, the inductees will receive certification as EIB-GDN Fellows in Applied Development Finance, and will become a part of a knowledge network in evaluation and development finance.

For successful candidates, the program offers the following benefits:

  1. Deepening of subject matter expertise in evaluation, Private Sector Development and Development Finance;
  2. Integration of academic knowledge with professional skills;
  3. Training with leading academics and development professionals;
  4. Firsthand experience in the rapidly developing field of impact investment ;
  5. The opportunity to work with and be certified by two international institutions; and
  6. Inclusion in a knowledge network which can work locally in ACP countries for national and regional development.

The Fellows will generally be expected to be based in their home countries or countries of residence (covering their own living expenses from the Fellowship support described below) and will need to visit the sites of the projects to be evaluated under the engagement.

What We Are Looking For

The program aims to fast track the professional development of promising young researchers and research professionals in the field of evaluation and impact assessment. The ideal candidates should be first-rate, early career researchers or research professionals at universities, think tanks, government, development institutions, or in professional transition. Those in employed positions are required to submit No Objection Certificates from their employers. The typical profile of an inductee should be as follows:

  1. Interest: Demonstrated interest in national and international development.
  2. Age: The program targets professionals of up to 35 years of age. However, slightly older, but otherwise qualified, candidates will also be considered.
  3. Academic training: Masters or PhD in a social scientific or related discipline with extensive quantitative training. Candidates majoring in engineering with significant exposure to the social sciences may also apply.
  4. Subject matter knowledge: Significant professional experience in evaluation and impact assessment, including in Private Sector Development and Development Finance. For PhDs without professional experience, the doctoral dissertation should be focused on evaluation and impact assessment.
  5. Communication skills: Demonstrated professional written and oral communication skills in English.
  6. Language: The Fellows should have excellent written and oral English skills. However, some of the Fellows are expected to evaluate operations in countries where English is not the main spoken language. For these positions, preference will be given to candidates with written and spoken fluency in French and/or the relevant local language.

Fellowship Value and Other Support

The Fellowship carries a total value of € 25,000 with an additional € 2,500 to cover operational expenses. Expenses incurred for the collection of data, including surveys, will also be covered under the program, subject to the availability of funds.  GDN will provide research management, administrative and logistical support.

Selection

GDN selects awardees through a stringent, meritocratic and fair process, and does not discriminate on gender, national origin (within the pool of eligible candidates from ACP countries), religion, or sexual orientation. Qualified women candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

About GDN

The Global Development Network (GDN) is a Public International Organization based in New Delhi, India, dedicated to supporting high-quality, policy-oriented research in the social sciences to promote development, working in particular through partnerships, capacity building and networking.

Additional Information

Please visit www.gdn.int to know more about GDN’s mission and initiatives. For questions about the position, write to Anindya Chaudhuri, Senior Economist, GDN at achaudhuri@gdn.int, marking a copy to EIB.2016@gdn.int.

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