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The World Bank and the legacy of the Wapenhans report

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Mr. Gregory K. Ingram, Director for OED, speaking at OED's 30th anniversary event in 2002, Preston Auditorium, Washington, D.C. Seated from left are Ms. Jan Piercy, former US Executive Director and CODE Chair; Mr. Prem C. Garg, Director, Quality Assurance Group; and Ms. Joanne Salop, Vice President for Office of the Managing Director. Photo: World Bank Group/Michele Iannacci
Thirty years ago, the Wapenhans report sounded the alarm over the World Bank’s worsening portfolio quality and sparked changes in how the Bank manages the quality of its projects. This blog, the second of a two-part series, takes stock of the progress achieved and ongoing challenges. Thirty years ago, the Wapenhans report sounded the alarm over the World Bank’s worsening portfolio quality and sparked changes in how the Bank manages the quality of its projects. This blog, the second of a two-part series, takes stock of the progress achieved and ongoing challenges.

Ukraine: Lessons to inform the (hopefully) not too distant future

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An evaluation of a decade of World Bank Group support for Ukraine has important lessons for eventual stabilization and reconstruction. An evaluation of a decade of World Bank Group support for Ukraine has important lessons for eventual stabilization and reconstruction.

Україна: Досвід, який стане підґрунтям для прийняття рішень у (сподіваємося) недалекому майбутньому

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Аналіз допомоги, яку Група Світового банку надавала Україні протягом останніх десяти років, визначає важливі уроки для подальшої стабілізації та відбудови Аналіз допомоги, яку Група Світового банку надавала Україні протягом останніх десяти років, визначає важливі уроки для подальшої стабілізації та відбудови

Evaluation Insight Note: Transport Decarbonization

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The tramway service between Rabat and Salé. Photo: Arne Hoel/World Bank
Evaluation Insight Notes (EIN) offer new insights from existing evidence on important strategic and operational issues. This first EIN identifies patterns in the World Bank’s transport decarbonization work and finds opportunities for bolder actions.Evaluation Insight Notes (EIN) offer new insights from existing evidence on important strategic and operational issues. This first EIN identifies patterns in the World Bank’s transport decarbonization work and finds opportunities for bolder actions.

Executive Search for Director-General, Independent Evaluation Group

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About the job The World Bank Group (www.worldbankgroup.org) (the Bank) is one of the world’s largest sources of development assistance and knowledge for developing countries. It consists of five institutions that specialize in different aspects of development: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Show More About the job The World Bank Group (www.worldbankgroup.org) (the Bank) is one of the world’s largest sources of development assistance and knowledge for developing countries. It consists of five institutions that specialize in different aspects of development: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The Independent Evaluation Group (http://ieg.worldbankgroup.org/) (IEG) is charged with the mission of improving development results through excellence in evaluation by helping the Bank’s operations learn, course correct when necessary and achieve the goals of the institution. Role Purpose The Director General, Evaluation (DGE) leads the IEG and reports directly to the Board of Executive Directors. The role oversees approximately 115 staff through a senior team of three: Director, Human Development and Economic Management Department; Director, Finance, Private Sector, Infrastructure, and Sustainable Development Department; and Director, Strategy and Operations. The objective of this structure is to continuously improve evaluation methods, keep abreast of innovations in the field, and support high-quality work. Candidate Profile/Selection Criteria Operating independently, but with an approach that is constructive, adds value, and is balanced in confidence and humility, the ideal candidate will have: Strategic vision about how evaluation can help the institution and the development community improve through continuous, real-time learning and a commitment to evaluation capacity development A results-focused, persuasive, enthusiastic, motivating leadership style that is able to attract, retain and develop quality staff in the IEG and a track record of managing people, relationships, change, systems thinking, and resource vigilance The proven ability to interact with and engage management, operations leadership, partners of all kinds, and the Board, in a useful, thought-provoking, and objective way while also being able to take tough stances and maintain balance Deep knowledge of evaluation methods as applied to development and experience in development policy A reputation and demonstrable experience of being highly analytical, yet practical, and with articulable knowledge of the current and potential future methods, technologies and frameworks of conducting useful, applicable evaluation Excellent communication skills with demonstrated ability to work across organizational boundaries, articulate results and influence change, internally and externally Demonstrated success in achieving impact using collaborative, solution-focused and outcome-oriented approaches Strong collaboration skills; broad experience in diverse, global environments in which emotional intelligence and cultural understanding are required to operate effectively Familiarity with IFIs and MDBs would be advantageous; experience as an international development practitioner with meaningful field and operations exposure that would give one the understanding of how the business of development functions. Academic and professional credentials and experience to command respect and trust in a position of this stature Terms of Appointment The position is at grade GJ. Location is Washington, DC. This role is for a 6-year, non-renewable term that does not allow for re-entry into any part Of the World Bank Group. Role Location Washington, DC, USA The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of race, gender, nationality, culture, and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. How to Apply All information will be treated in the strictest confidence. If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at WBG-DG-IEG@sri-executive.com. SRI Executive is exclusively retained by The World Bank to undertake this assignment.

The World Bank’s Early Support to Addressing COVID-19

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The first of two reports focused on the early response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this evaluation assesses how well the World Bank responded to the immediate health threat and how well it focused on protecting vulnerable groups against human capital losses, while a parallel IEG evaluation looks at the World Bank Group support to address the economic implications of the pandemic. The first of two reports focused on the early response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this evaluation assesses how well the World Bank responded to the immediate health threat and how well it focused on protecting vulnerable groups against human capital losses, while a parallel IEG evaluation looks at the World Bank Group support to address the economic implications of the pandemic.

The World Bank Group in Ukraine, 2012–20

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This evaluation reviews the effectiveness of the World Bank Group’s partnership with Ukraine during 2012–20 and contains lessons that can inform the Bank Group’s support for recovery and reconstruction in the country. This evaluation reviews the effectiveness of the World Bank Group’s partnership with Ukraine during 2012–20 and contains lessons that can inform the Bank Group’s support for recovery and reconstruction in the country.

Can the Private Sector Accelerate the Shift to a Circular Economy?

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Foreman controls the recycle waste separation of recyclable waste plants. Waste plastic bottles and other types of plastic waste.
How can the World Bank Group effectively address constraints to foster the power of the private sector in municipal solid waste management? Evidence from groundbreaking projects shows that collaboration and continuity are key. How can the World Bank Group effectively address constraints to foster the power of the private sector in municipal solid waste management? Evidence from groundbreaking projects shows that collaboration and continuity are key.

Scaling Up Action On Disaster Risk Reduction: A Critical Step For Climate Change Adaptation And Building Resilience

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Scaling Up Action On Disaster Risk Reduction: A Critical Step For Climate Change Adaptation And Building Resilience
Discussion on what it will take to scale up disaster risk reduction to build resilience and meet the challenges aheadDiscussion on what it will take to scale up disaster risk reduction to build resilience and meet the challenges ahead

2022: Independent Evaluation Group Validation of the Management Action Record

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The Management Action Record (MAR) system tracks follow-up to IEG evaluations. This document validates management’s self-assessment covering FY18–­­21.The Management Action Record (MAR) system tracks follow-up to IEG evaluations. This document validates management’s self-assessment covering FY18–­­21.