Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Secretariat of the Joint Inspection Unit. The JIU is responsible to the General Assembly and to the legislative organs of organizations within the UN system that accept its status as a systemwide oversight body. Applicants from JIU participating organizations will be considered internal candidates for this position, provided they have been appointed through the normal appointment and promotion procedure applicable in their organization.Responsibilities
The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Knowledge and Resources Management Cluster or his/her delegate. Substantive guidance is provided by the Inspector(s) in charge of the management of the relevant evaluation or inspection project. During the reviews the incumbent is expected to work mostly independently with minimum supervision. The incumbent is expected to:
Assist in conducting impartial, independent, professional and effective evaluations and inspections by:
a) planning and organizing evaluations and inspections, developing detailed work plans, drafting correspondence, gathering information and conducting preliminary reviews, developing questionnaires and surveys;
b) developing interview guides, participating in evaluation and/or inspection missions, assisting and advising the Inspectors, participating in interviews, gathering and reviewing documents and other information and documenting the results;
c) analyzing all information collected using quantitative and qualitative methods for data analysis, including sampling techniques, as appropriate;
d) drafting evaluation and inspection reports, notes and management (confidential) letters including recommendations for action.
Help to ensure that evaluation and inspection findings and recommendations have the intended impact by:
a)monitoring timely consideration of reports and recommendations by legislative bodies and executive heads;
b) following–up on the acceptance and implementation of recommendations;
c) assisting in organizing meetings to disseminate evaluation and inspection findings and recommendations.
Act as focal point officer of the focal teams for selected participating organizations by:
a) keeping abreast of developments in those organizations and informing the Inspectors concerned and the Executive Secretary on issues relevant for the work of the JIU;
b) participating with the Inspectors in meetings with officials from participating organizations, interagency meetings and intergovernmental meetings, as required
c) Providing input to the preparation of updates, summaries and (risk) assessments on JIU relationships with selected participating organizations.
Contribute to further developing and refining evaluation and inspection methodologies and tools by:
a) Keeping abreast of developments in the profession;
b) Identifying issues and contributing to the development of policies, guidance and procedures;
c) Facilitating cooperation and interaction with other UN evaluation and inspection units and professional bodies.
Contribute to the preparation of the JIU Annual Programme of Work by:
a) Identifying issues or areas which could benefit from an evaluation or inspection, and developing proposals for consideration by the Inspectors;
b) Assisting in the validation of proposals received for the Programme of Work, gathering background information and assessing resource requirements
Assist and participate in the financial management of the the JIU, including the undertaking of relevant actions in Umoja
Perform other related duties and assignments as and when required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrates in-depth knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the field of evaluation. Ability to Identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommend solutions. Knowledge and understanding of the UN system and the key mandates and reform initiatives. Proficiency in the use of standard computer applications. Ability to draft evaluation and inspection reports, notes and management (confidential) letters including recommendations for action. Very good drafting skills. 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
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
PLANNING AND 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.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise, is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, social sciences, programme evaluiation, international relations, economics or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of five years of relevant experience in oversight (audit, or evaluation or inspection), programme management or other relevant functions is required
Three years of relevant experience in oversight (audit, or evaluation or inspection) at the international level is required.
Experience in the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources is required.
Experience in survey methodology and in quantitative and qualitative data analysis is required.
Experience assisting in the financial management of a unit, including the undertaking of relevant actions in relevant ERPs (i.e. Umoja, SAP, etc.) is desirable.
Considering the system-wide mandate of the JIU, work experience with more than one United Nations system agency, fund or programme is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations language is also desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
This job opening is advertised to fill a temporarily vacant position during the absence of the regular incumbent for a period of one year or longer. The regular incumbent is entitled to return to this position at the expiry of the temporary vacancy period. If the regular incumbent exercises the right to return, the appointment or temporary assignment or promotion of the candidate selected for this job opening will not be renewed or extended.
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.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
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.
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.
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