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Ministry of Rural Development
Government of India

Recruitment of Director General (DG), Concurrent Evaluation Office

[I] Background

We can reduce poverty and empower people only if we understand the impact of what we do. We are the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) - the focus of government action to reduce poverty and improve the lives of people in rural India. Which is why, at MoRD, we believe that our success depends on being guided by evidence, while being aware of the differing perspectives on it.

With an annual budget of around Rs. 80,000 crore (~USD 16 billion), MoRD implements a multi-pronged strategy aimed at reducing poverty. These include efforts to increase livelihood opportunities, provide social safety nets and develop infrastructure for growth and improvement of quality of life in rural India. Empowering citizens and strengthening democratic processes is at the heart of all that MoRD does.

The Ministry of Rural Development, with the approval of the Union Cabinet, is setting up a Concurrent Evaluation Office (CEO).

[II] Mandate of the Concurrent Evaluation Office

The CEO will manage a system of concurrent evaluations that will be done through an accredited network of reputed institutions – a Concurrent Evaluation Network (CENET). The CEO will also disseminate data related to the Ministry’s work in the public domain and produce a world-class annual report of the evaluation activities and findings.

The institutions supported by the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), institutes of national importance as designated by the GoI, the Indian Institutes of Management, and some other reputed institutions will form the initial core of institutions that will undertake the evaluations for the first 3 years.

The DG will have a critical role in managing the CENET. In particular, the DG will:

  • Identify appropriate evaluations to be undertaken;

  • Design Terms of Reference (ToRs) and identify appropriate institutions to undertake studies;

  • Guide the implementation of the studies to ensure they are on time and of requisite quality;

  • Identify learnings and recommend policy changes;

  • Review the "Action taken reports" prepared by the program divisions in response to the evaluations;

  • Disseminate findings and datasets;

  • Produce an annual report of its activities and key findings of its studies.

A Governing Body chaired by a person of eminence will exercise administrative oversight and provide policy guidance to the CEO.

[III] Staffing of the Concurrent Evaluation Office

The CEO will be a lean organization staffed by experts hired from the market.

  • It will be led by a DG, who will be a professional economist/public policy expert of global repute, hired through an open recruitment process led by a global search cum selection committee.

  • In addition, it will have 2 programme managers and 4-5 consultants/young professionals, with outstanding credentials, hired from the market. It will also have up to 2 secretarial staff.

  • The staff of the CEO will have a 3 year tenure, extendable by another 2 years.

  • They staff of the CEO will be paid a consolidated monthly salary. The approved compensation for the staff of the CEO are shown in Appendix-A.

[IV] Budget of the Concurrent Evaluation Office

The CEO will have its own budget – an administrative budget and a research budget to fund studies. Appendix A provides a detailed breakdown of the budget.

  • The total annual administrative budget would initially be Rs. 1.75 crore per year, to be increased every year. The current annual increase has been pegged at 10%.

  • The CEO will also have a research budget to fund studies of Rs 8 crores a year, to be increased by 10% a year every year.

  • These budgets will be guaranteed for at least 3 years.

  • The budget will come from the Ministry of Rural Development from the head “Management Support to Rural Development Programmes and Strengthening District Planning Process, etc.”

  • Additional funding may be raised for specific studies.

[V] Role of DG of the Concurrent Evaluation Office

As the first head of the Concurrent Evaluation Office, the DG will put together an independent team and lead them in commissioning research that evaluates the Ministry’s work.

  • He/she will distil findings from research commissioned by the CEO and from other scholarly work that has the potential to impact the Ministry’s work.

  • As well as advising the national leadership team led by the Union Minister for Rural Development, he/she will work with the programme teams – supporting the design, development and implementation of strategic interventions that put poverty reduction and active citizenship at their core.

  • He/she will work with both the Central and State Governments to drive information sharing between them – combining lessons learnt so that the Ministry’s programmes make the biggest possible impact.

The DG will have full functional autonomy in matters of discharge of its functions, including collaborating with institutions and organisations. He/she will report to Minister (Rural Development) through the Secretary (Rural Development). A Governing Body chaired by a person of eminence will exercise administrative oversight and provide policy guidance.

The position will be for 3 years, on a contract-basis, extendable by another 2 years.

The DG will be the first employee of the CEO and will have a key role in selecting other members of his team.

[VI] Pay and Emoluments of Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer will have a consolidated monthly salary of Rs 2,00,000 per month, which will be increased by 10 percent every year.

[VII] Eligibility Criteria for Chief Executive Officer

  • Ph.D. or Post-Graduate Degree in Economics or Public Policy from a highly reputed University/Institute.

  • At least 10 years experience of supervising/undertaking programme evaluations, including evaluations of public service delivery systems in the context of rural India, backed by a suitable publication record.

  • Evidence of a broad range of research management, capacity building and interpersonal and communication skills. Fluency in English and confidence to coach, influence and build relationships at all levels.

  • Proven experience of working in collaboration with governments at central and state level, and experience of working with research institutions involved in programme evaluations.

[VII] Process of Application

Interested candidates may submit the following as part of his/her application:

  • A detailed CV

  • A 2 page cover letter summarizing his/her vision for the CEO, and an indicative list of activities for the first 3 years

Applications may be addressed to:

Global Search cum Selection Committee for the Concurrent Evaluation Office,
Ministry of Rural Development.

These may be submitted

  • by email to the following address:

  • by post to the following address:
    Additional Secretary (RD) and Member-Secretary,
    Global Search cum Selection Committee for the Concurrent Evaluation Office,
    Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India,
    Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi – 110114

The last date for receiving applications is May 30, 2013.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

The Global Search cum Selection Committee will select a suitable candidate from among the applicants and from a list of CV’s procured by it as part of its global search mandate.

Appendix A:

Annual Budget for Concurrent Evaluation Office, Ministry of Rural Development

[A] Administrative Budget





Monthly Pay (Rs)


Cost per year (Rs)

Chief Executive Officer




Programme Manager




Young Professional/Consultant




Secretarial Staff








Total Staff Budget
















Other (15%)








Total Administrative Budget








[B] Research Budget