Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in Entebbe, Uganda. The Evaluation Officer will report to the Chief of Peacekeeping Section and to the Director of OIOS-IED.
The Office of Internal Oversight Services is the internal oversight body of the United Nations and assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his oversight responsibilities in respect of the resources and staff of the Organization through the provision of audit, investigation, and inspection and evaluation services. The Office of Internal Oversight Services is an independent office reporting to the Secretary-General and to the General Assembly. The Inspection and Evaluation Division focuses on the conduct of independent inspections and evaluations on behalf of the Secretary-General and the Member States. IED evaluations and inspections are meant to assist intergovernmental bodies and programme managers in assessing the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of Secretariat programmes. In accordance with its mandate, set forth in General Assembly resolution A/RES/48/218 B (and later resolutions A/RES/54/244 and A/RES/59/272), the role of IED is to help assure the accountability of Secretariat programmes for attaining their mandates, while in the process foster institutional learning and improvement through reflection by programmes and Member States on performance and results.
The Evaluation Officer will be responsible for the following duties within the Section:
•Scope, plan, develop and lead inspection or evaluation assignments of the activities of the funds and programmes of the United Nations system, including programme evaluations (i.e., in-depth evaluations of individual programmes, departments, or other organizational units) and thematic evaluations (i.e., evaluations of topics that cut across multiple programmes, departments, or other organizational units), and carry out all the tasks involved in the assignments, which may include provision of guidance to external consultants and other evaluation staff
•Review relevant documents and reports
•Develop data-collection instruments for all relevant data-collection modalities used in the inspection or evaluation process (e.g., surveys, interview and focus group guides, desk review tools, direct observation forms)
•Articulate a data-analysis plan for the evaluation and for individual data-collection modalities
•Conduct data collection and analysis
•Identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions and recommendations
•Research and analyse information gathered from diverse data sources and formulate convincing and well-substantiated conclusions and recommendations
•Liaise with relevant parties throughout the inspection or evaluation process
•Draft various documents, including draft and final reports, as well as background papers, analyses, guidelines, conference room papers, and other documents as needed
•Exercise overall quality assurance over individual team member’s contributions to the inspection evaluation, e.g., by, overseeing adherence to the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) norms and standards and the use of the OIOS-IED Inspection and Evaluation Manual and quality assurance forms, and reviewing their work before wider sharing beyond the evaluation team
•Monitor and report on programme management’s implementation of evaluation recommendations
•Advise on policy development based on evaluation findings concerning programme relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of the activities of the funds and programmes of the United Nations system
•Establish and maintain effective relationships with clients and partners in the Secretariat, funds and programmes
Professionalism: Knowledge of international standards and practices in evaluation and respective evaluation methodologies; ability to propose and formulate a strategic approach to evaluations within the overall framework of the relevant international instruments; knowledge of the United Nations system evaluation standards and practices; knowledge of technical cooperation and development assistance; knowledge of the peacekeeping and peacebuilding arena; proven ability to produce evaluation reports and papers; ability to review and edit the evaluation work of others; demonstrates good judgment and initiative, creativity and resourcefulness, diplomacy and tact; ability to ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve the goals of the Section. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in social sciences, business administration, public administration, programme evaluation, or in a related field, preferably with emphasis on international affairs and/or development. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted, in lieu of the advance university degree.
A minimum of seven years of experience in design, monitoring, and evaluation of projects/programmes is required.
Experience in leading and managing inspection and evaluation teams is desirable.
Experience in preparing, managing, and conducting impact evaluations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment, or assignment, and renewal thereof, are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, or extension of the mandate
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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