Evaluation Officer [Temporary]

UN Office of Internal Oversight Services
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Aug-21-2019
  • Posted
    Aug 09

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This temporary position is located in the Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in New York (HQ) and is available for a duration of three (3) months, from 1 October through 31 December 2019. The appointment, or assignment, and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, or extension of the mandate. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Section and to the Director of OIOS-IED. The Evaluation Officer will serve as the project leader in the evaluation of the United Nations Resident Coordinator System. S/He will have overall responsibility for the successful completion of this project, and for the successful management of his/her evaluation team.

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), IED’s role is to help assure Secretariat programmes’ accountability for attaining their mandates, while in the process foster institutional learning and improvement through reflection by programmes and Member States on performance and results.

Responsibilities

The Evaluation Officer will be responsible for the following duties within his or her OIOS-IED section: 

• Scope, plan, develop and lead the biennial review of the 2018 evaluation of the methods and work of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), as per paragraph 12 of Security Council resolution 2422 (2018), and carry out all the tasks involved in the review, which may include: provision of guidance to external consultants and other evaluation staff; all data collection (interviews and desk review), report drafting, and revision and finalization in response to comments from the evaluands

• Specifically, the duties of the temporary assignment will include: 

a. Data collection to assess the implementation of recommendations in the 2018 evaluation reports, including: (i) brief interviews with those individuals responsible for implementation of each individual recommendation; (ii) in-depth review and verification of all documentary evidence provided by the evaluands to support claims of implementation; and (iii) justifications of reasons provided for non-implementation or partial implementation of those recommendations not yet fully implemented
b. Travel to IRMCT locations for data collection, if required 
c. Assessment and documented evidence of the measurable impact provided by the evaluand of the implementation of the recommendation
d. Provision of initial briefing notes for the evaluation exercise and a well-written, well-evidenced and credible draft report, logically structured according to the standard template
e. Revision of the report in response to comments from the evaluand
f. Liaison with the evaluand focal points at regular junctures, in order to successfully complete tasks (a) to (d)
g. Exercise overall quality assurance over individual team members’ and consultants’ contributions (if any) to the evaluation, e.g., by overseeing adherence to the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) norms and standards and use of OIOS-IED’s Inspection and Evaluation Manual and quality assurance forms, and reviewing their work before wider sharing beyond the evaluation team. 

• In addition, the following responsibilities are expected:

a. Advise on policy development based on evaluation findings concerning programme relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and impact of United Nations Secretariat's Funds and Programme activities
b. Establish and maintain effective relationships with clients and partners in the Secretariat, funds and programmes in context of the evaluation

• The following deliverables are to be produced and submitted at the end of the assignment:

a. Briefing notes as an update on the review
b. A draft report for the review
c. Iterative report revisions, in track changes, in response to evaluand comments on the draft report, along with written responses to these comments
d. One final report of the review
e. All raw materials underlying the review submitted in an organized manner (interview notes including list of persons interviewed, interview schedule, questions and responses received, list of documents verified and used as evidence to support conclusions, technical notes on all analysis undertaken, databases or other means of summarizing raw data and/or analyses undertaken)

Competencies

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; readiness to take action on resolutions and decisions of intergovernmental bodies; academic specialization in evaluation is desirable.Knowledge in preparing, managing and conducting impact evaluations. Knowledge of UN 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, public administration, programme evaluation, or a related field, preferably with emphasis in 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in both carrying out and managing programme and thematic inspections and evaluations is required. Experience in leading and managing inspection and evaluation teams is desirable. Experience in preparing, managing and conducting impact evaluations is desirable .Experience in the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases, is desirable. Experience in survey methodology is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This temporary position is available for a duration of three (3) months, from 1 October through 31 December 2019. The appointment, or assignment, and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, or extension of the mandate. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

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.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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