Evaluation and Inspection Officer (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 26 January 2022
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 01 February 2022
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Secretariat of the Joint Inspection Unit and reports to the Senior Evaluation and Inspection Officer or his/her delegate. The JIU is responsible to the General Assembly and to the legislative organs of organizations within the United Nations system that accept its statute as a system-wide oversight body.


Within delegated authority, the Evaluation and Inspection Officer will assist in conducting evaluations and inspections. Substantive guidance will be provided by the Inspector(s) in charge of management of the relevant evaluations or inspections. The incumbent is expected to work mostly independently with minimum supervision and will be responsible for the following duties:

โ€ข Assists 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, drafting terms of reference and inception papers, 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;
e) drafting outreach products and ensuring completion of official document submission.

โ€ข Helps to ensure that evaluation and inspection findings and recommendations have the intended impact by:
a) drafting relevant and actionable recommendations which address the root-causes of the observations emerging from the review;
b) monitoring timely consideration of reports and recommendations by legislative
bodies and executive heads;
c) followingโ€“up on the acceptance and implementation of recommendations;
d) assisting in organizing meetings to disseminate evaluation and inspection findings and recommendations.

โ€ข Contributes 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.

โ€ข Contributes 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

โ€ข Performs other duties as assigned by the Senior Evaluation and Inspection Officer or the Executive Secretary.


PROFESSIONALISM: In-depth knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the field of evaluation, auditing, and /or inspection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources. Knowledge of standard computer applications, including the use of spreadsheet applications for advanced analysis and data presentation. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommend solutions. Excellent knowledge and understanding of the UN system and the key mandates and reform initiatives. Excellent English 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in social sciences, public administration, business administration or an oversight related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years relevant experience in oversight (audit or evaluation), programme management or other relevant functions of which three at the international level is required.

Experience in survey methodology and in quantitative and qualitative data analysis is required.

At least one year of experience in an independent oversight role and experience in more than one United Nations system agency, fund or programme are desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written test which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

โ€ข This position is temporarily available for 5 months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

โ€ข 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.

โ€ข Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

โ€ข This temporary job opening may be limited to โ€œinternal candidates,โ€ who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

โ€ข Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

โ€ข 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.
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.

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.

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 โ€œsexual exploitationโ€ 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 โ€œsexual abuseโ€ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term โ€œsexual harassmentโ€ 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 perpetratorโ€™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.

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 โ€œManualsโ€ 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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