Research Fellows in Applied Development Finance About the Engagement
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.