Call for nominations – 3ie Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Development Effectiveness (JDEFF)

Posted on: 15 November 2022 Deadline: 30 January 2023

Background

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) promotes evidence-informed equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. We support the generation and effective use of high-quality evidence to inform decision-making and improve the lives of people living in poverty in low- and middle-income countries. We provide guidance and support to produce, synthesize and quality assure evidence of what works, for whom, how, why and at what cost. 3ie is registered as a non-governmental organization in the United States of America. It has offices in New Delhi, London and Washington, DC.

In support of its mission, 3ie has since 2010 supported and managed the Journal of Development Effectiveness – a Taylor and Francis peer-reviewed journal. The aim of the journal is to support evidence-based policy-making to enhance development effectiveness. We do this by publishing high-quality research that examines evidence of the impact of projects, programs and policies in developing countries, and discussions of experience in conducting impact evaluations and using their findings to inform policy and program design.

Although we don’t favor any one methodology, the research we publish must apply rigorous evaluation techniques that address biases robustly. We have an interest in research that has been well contextualized with the appropriate use of mixed methods. Research reporting interventions with no, or a negative, impact is also welcome, as we have an explicit policy of ‘learning from our mistakes’, discouraging publication bias in favor of positive results. It also publishes papers of a more conceptual nature related to impact evaluation, as well as papers covering approaches that can enhance the relevance and rigor, and impact of effectiveness evidence, e.g., cost-analyses, ethics and transparency approaches.

3ie is looking for a new Editor-in-Chief for the journal, and depending on interest and availability, is willing to consider two individuals to share this role.  Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by others.

Roles and responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief of JDEFF include reviewing article submissions and preparing them for publication. With the help of Editors, the Editor-in-Chief reviews the suggested decisions by the Editors and agrees or disagrees with them. The role specifically entails the following:

  • Working with the publisher, Taylor & Francis, and the Executive Director of the main organizational sponsor, 3ie, and the Editorial Advisory Board
  • Providing strategic leadership to the journal, including monitoring and periodic review of its objectives, scope and value-added in close consultation with the Executive Director of 3ie and the Editorial Advisory Board
  • Setting the journal’s goals and managing its ability to deliver on those 
  • Leading the selection of the Editorial Advisory Board, which provides supplemental advice and guidance to the journal, and the Editors, who help manage the flow and efficient processing of the journal
  • Leading the Editors in processing the flow of reviews (including the appropriate assignment of articles to the Editor) and publication of accepted journals and providing the final approval to all recommendations coming from Editors
  • Approving all proposals for Special Issues
  • Assigning the appropriate subjects and proportionate number of reviews of submissions to himself/herself and conducting all of the duties of a managing editor of individual submissions
  • Working closely with the Production Manager at 3ie as well as the production team at Taylor & Francis

Qualifications

Candidates must have an outstanding record of scholarship in the discipline of development and development effectiveness research and must be committed to ensuring and preserving the interdisciplinary nature of JDEFF and its focus on evidence-informed policy-making in low- and middle-income countries.

The academic qualifications of the candidate(s):

  • Recognized scholar in development effectiveness research
  • Open-minded to diverse perspectives; shows objectivity and maturity
  • Evidence of outstanding service as an editor an advantage
  • Evidence of managerial and administrative ability (is extremely organized)
  • Willing to work with 3ie, co-editors, associate editors, and the managing editor
  • Agrees to operate within the journal’s policies and strategic guidelines
  • Understands the time commitment involved (must be able to coordinate with other editors to turn submissions around to AEs and reviewers within a day or two; must also be able to turn decision letters around within several days)
  • Committed to the interdisciplinary nature of JDEFF and its focus on evidence-informed policy-making in low- and middle-income countries
  • Committed to contributing to the diversity mission of the journal. By diversity, we refer to a broad spectrum of perspectives, including backgrounds, identities, and intellectual approaches
  • Affiliation with research institutions and/or think tanks from the Global South preferred

Remuneration

The editorship is a volunteer position. Taylor & Francis and 3ie will provide an annual budget to support the editorial team in their stewardship of JDEFF.

How to nominate

Nominations, including self-nominations, should be submitted in a letter of no more than two pages to the Production Manager, Audrey Portes (aportes@3ieimpact.org), by 30 January 2023. The selection committee will consist of the current editor-in-chief, 3ie’s Executive Director, and the Editorial Advisory Board.

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