Evaluation Associate

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 05

Position description

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be guiding UNDP policy for the next 15 years. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through its work in some 170 countries and territories.  Ingrained in UNDP’s strategic plan are key areas including poverty alleviation, democratic governance and peacebuilding, climate change and disaster risk, and economic inequality. 

Critical to achieving the SDGs is an ability for UNDP to accurately measure development realities – achieving baseline knowledge, and then assessing the impacts of development actors and projects.  Despite a broad consensus in the development community on the importance of impact assessment, institutional knowledge of the effectiveness of specific development interventions may remain very limited. Common approaches to monitoring & evaluation (M&E), such as outcome monitoring and cross-country analyses, can sketch out progress on achieving the SDGs (although they do not consistently provide convincing evidence that observed outcomes can be attributed to a given intervention alone). Yet attribution and contribution can be assessed towards establishing how each institution contributes to a particular outcome.

In that regard, in 2013, the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa commenced a pilot project to investigate next-generation mechanisms to design, evaluate and report on development interventions. This pilot, purposed to support M&E by taking full advantage of relevant Information Communication Technology capacities at country offices, developed into a distinctive methodology: One-Click Away DER (Design, Evaluation, and Reporting).

One-Click Away DER, formally defined, strengthens programme design, evaluation, and reporting by applying UNDP’s existing capacities in Information Communication Technologies to emerging and best practices in Monitoring & Evaluation – offering “enriched” data on development realities using audio/video, micro narratives, and geographic information systems to strengthen quantitative and qualitative data. 

To better assist countries to promote responsive development, this emergent methodology provides UNDP with a new tool to conduct situation analyses, assess risk, and build knowledge on attribution/contribution of development interventions – with a firm focus on UN values, goals, and vulnerable populations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support to the evaluation process through the implementation of evaluation policies and strategies 
  • Support capacity building and knowledge sharing on monitoring and evaluation within and between UNDP Africa country offices
  • Support communications outputs using enriched data and implementation of processes to steadily produce, at the HQ level, user-friendly communications outputs from enriched data, sourced remotely at the country-level

1. Support the implementation of evaluation policies and strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Support the team in the analysis of requirements and synthesis of proposals for the planning, preparation and management of specific thematic, country programme/project evaluations and other types of evaluations.
  • Support mechanism to collect, analyze, share, and report on development results using enriched data
  • Support the team in the promotion of evaluation standards, quality assurance/control and capacity development in the Country Office.
  • Support the team and follow up with UNDP Africa CO Communications and Monitoring & Evaluation offices with a view to harmonizing and coordinating the use of ICTs to capture programme results regionally and at the country-level.
  • Support the team in the integration of RBA Strategy and Analysis Team (SAT) programme of work into data collection mechanisms, capturing enriched data on results of key outcome areas such as the Inequality Book, 2017 SDG Reporting, 2017 African Economic Conference, 2017 & 2018 African Economic Outlook and any other topical development issue as appropriate. 
  • Participation on behalf of the team leader when required in evaluation community remaining abreast of latest development and professional norms, standards, tools and methodologies;

2. Support capacity building and knowledge sharing on monitoring and evaluation within and between UNDP Africa country offices focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Support the team in providing guidance on UNDP evaluation policies, procedures and practices to programme managers, UNDP CO staff concerned with assigned project/thematic/sectoral evaluations and/or desk reviews, consultants and/or members of the evaluation team. Provision of guidance at the design stage of programmes/projects.
  • Analysis and synthesis of proposals on areas evaluated, effectiveness and impact of UNDP programme
  • Follow up on implementation of evaluation recommendations ensuring the optimal use of ICTs for M&E by providing guidance in preparation of evaluations and by developing a communication plan.
  • Support the team in conducting periodic trainings of RBA colleagues on infographics and other innovative ways of communicating powerful information in order to better report and capture development results
  • Provide supportto the team in relation to  the capacity building at the HQ-level to collect and share enriched data within and between UNDP Africa country offices
  • Support the team in the preparation of sound analytical multimedia outputs with well-reviewed and sound positions on areas evaluated, assessment of the impact and effectiveness of UNDP programmes.
  • Provide support in drafting/revision of Terms of Reference (TOR) for specific project/thematic/sectoral evaluation missions and/or desk evaluations/reviews, participation in consultant and evaluation team selection, technical feedback on evaluations and budget oversight.

3. Support communications outputs using enriched data and implementation of processes to steadily produce, at the HQ level, user-friendly communications outputs from enriched data sourced remotely, at the country-level

  • Timely preparation of sound analytical multimedia outputs with well-reviewed and sound positions on areas evaluated, assessment of the impact and effectiveness of UNDP programmes.
  • Follow up on implementation of evaluation recommendations

Competencies

Core

Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 2: Analyzes complex technical materials (including data) and makes concise, relevant recommendations

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 1: Takes responsibility for and ensures high quality of own work

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 1: Understands personal and team roles, responsibilities and objectives

Communication

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 2: Understands, explains and shares information on assigned tasks with accuracy and clarity

Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 2: Meets goals and timelines for delivery of products or services;     

Technical/Functional

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda

Level 2: Execute & Learn: Execute & Learn: Perform defined tasks

Results-Based Programme Development and Management

Level 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

Level 2: Technical Assistance: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work

Client Orientation

Level 1: Replicate Reliably: Carry out work, as directed, and demonstrate motivation to develop

Required Skills and Experience

Education:    Secondary education; High school Diploma or equivalent would be an advantage.

Experience:

  • 7 years of progressively responsible programme experience is required at the national or international level;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.
  • Knowledge of International Relations, Political Science, Economics or related social sciences and Prince 2 training and certification as asset.

Language Requirements: English. Other official language of the UN will be desirable 

Application instructions

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