Our Team

The Office of Independent Evaluation (OIE) comprises a team of four.

OIE staff report to the Board of Directors and has the authority to independently evaluate projects, programmes and technical assistance financed by the CDB, inclusive of strategies and policies. To contact us email: OIE_helpdesk@caribank.org

James Melanson, Head, Office of Independent Evaluation

Tel: (246) 431-1719

Email: melansj@caribank.org

Appointed as Head of OIE in January 2017, James has worked for almost 30 years in the planning, implementation and evaluation of international development programs.    His academic background is in economics (B.A Queen’s University, M.A. York University), with a Graduate Diploma in Policy and Program Evaluation (Carleton University).  Most recently, as Head of Development Evaluation for Global Affairs Canada, he led a team of evaluation professionals in the assessment of Canada’s international aid programs.  Areas of focus included country assistance reviews, meta-evaluation of the development effectiveness of multilateral organisations, and thematic evaluation of major investment areas (for example MNCH).  Contributions were made to international evaluation networks, including the Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) of a more evidence-based review methodology; and the OECD/DAC EVALNET of improved approaches to country assistance evaluation.  Prior assignments were in planning and managing development programmes in southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, and Afghanistan.  James also served as Canadian representative to the UN organisations in Rome (WFP, FAO, IFAD).  In his new role at CDB, he aims to contribute to the further evolution of the Bank’s evaluation culture and capacity, so that the effectiveness of its interventions, and lessons learned from them, can be clearly and cogently communicated to both internal and external stakeholders.

Mark Clayton, Head, Senior Evaluation Officer

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Tel: (246) 431-1751

Email: claytom@caribank.org

Mark Clayton joined the Office for Independent Evaluation in March 2013. He has over 20 years of international development experience in research and evaluation. Prior to joining the Caribbean Development Bank, Mark worked as Evaluation Adviser for the Department for International Development, covering the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods sectors. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively in research and evaluation, with an emphasis on the Agricultural, Commodity, Natural Resource and Environment sectors, extending to Aid for Trade, Climate Change, Energy and Water and Sanitation. He has lived and worked overseas, predominantly in Africa, with shorter project missions to Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mark also has prior experience in Project Management, Development Strategy and Policy Analysis and has worked with both Bilateral and Multilateral Development Agencies, including the Private Sector and Non-Governmental Organisations and is keen to ensure that the appropriate balance is struck between accountability and lesson learning, using evaluations as an important tool to ensure that the lessons from previous experience are effectively used to inform future strategic and policy options. He is keen to broaden the range of methods and approaches to evaluation to suit the type of intervention and country context and is an advocate for strengthening the evaluation profession through the development of more local and regional evaluators.

Everton Clinton, Evaluation Officer

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Tel: (246) 431-1942

Email: clintoe@caribank.org

Everton Clinton is an Evaluation Officer in the Office of Independent Evaluation (OIE). He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree in Financial Management, the Chartered Professional Accountant, Canada (CPA) and the Certified General Accountant, Canada (CGA) designations. He has worked in OIE as Evaluation Officer for the past five years and has been involved in evaluating and validating programme and project work in a wide range of sectors and thematic areas. He has previously worked as Portfolio Performance Officer in the Evaluation and Oversight Division and as Project Officer, Technical Cooperation, at the Caribbean Development Bank. Mr. Clinton has successfully completed a wide range of courses in development evaluation at the Evaluators’ Institute of Washington and under the World Bank sponsored International Programme for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET). He is a member of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS).

Valarie Pilgrim, Evaluation Officer

Tel: (246) 431-1686

Email: pilgriv@caribank.org

Valarie is a development specialist with a primary interest in improving the effectiveness of capacity development interventions through an approach to programming that is results-based and inclusive. A relative newcomer to the field of development evaluation, Valarie has over twenty years of experience, at the national and regional level, in strategic planning, resource mobilisation, project management, and trade and private sector development.

She is graduate of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training; and the holder of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath, United Kingdom; and a graduate diploma in Project Appraisal and Management from the Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands.

Denise Padmore, Administrative Assistant

Tel: (246) 431-1726

Email: padmord@caribank.org

Denise joined the Caribbean Development Bank in December 2010 bringing with her over 15 years of administrative experience. Before joining the Office of Independent Evaluation in January 2015, Denise worked in Economics Department of the Bank. Denise holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Accounting and Management and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.