Org. Setting and Reporting
This temporary position is located in the Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services in New York and is available from 1 March 2022 until 31 December 2022. 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 team member in the evaluation of the United Nations Resident Coordinator System.
The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) is an independent office reporting to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly. The Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) 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.
The Evaluation Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
-Conduct inspections and evaluations of the Secretariat programmes and cross-cutting topics:
(a) Undertake preliminary research of programme data, UN documents, reports and other available information, and conducts analyses of existing programme data for consideration in the inspection and evaluation design on the evaluation of the United Nations Resident Coordinator System, and carry out all the tasks involved in the evaluation;
(b) Develop the inspection or evaluation design , including drafting parts of the terms of reference, contributing to the formulation of the inspection or evaluation issues and questions, and developing the project methodology;
(c) Contribute to data collection and analysis, including conducting interviews, running focus groups, conducting surveys, participating in direct observation, and conducting document reviews;
(d) Draft the inspection or evaluation report, including formulating inspection or evaluation findings and recommendations, and providing supporting evidence for the report;
-Participate in follow-up to inspections and evaluation assignments:
(a) Track inspection and evaluation recommendations through OIOS Issue Track;
(b) Participate in reviewing the results of projects; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions;
-Provide support to the division to strengthen efficiency and effectiveness of the inspection and evaluation functions:
(a) Participate in Divisional work groups on work processes and structures;
(b) Monitor inspection and evaluation recommendations in Issue Track;
(c) Take on additional Division-wide tasks as assigned, such as administrative, human resource and/or substantive work tasks;
(d) Undertake evaluation outreach functions; assists in developing and conducting training workshops, seminars etc. to support evaluation, programme monitoring and management review exercises done by other departments; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities' provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc,;
(e) Assist with preparing the relevant parts of the biennial report to the Committee for Programme and Coordination and the General Assembly on strengthening the role of evaluation.
-Participate in Organizational activities related to the inspection and evaluation functions:
(a) Participate in the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) task forces, by being an active member in development of task force outputs for presentation to UNEG Heads at the UNEG Annual General Meeting;
(b) Provide support to self-evaluation and programme inspections, including reviewing and commenting on evaluation terms of reference and data collection instruments, offering methodological guidance and advice, and reviewing and commenting on programme-generated inspection and evaluation reports.
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.
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 decision, 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 social science, public administration, business administration, economics or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of experience in conducting programme evaluation and/or inspection is required.
Two years of experience at the international level is desirable.
Experience in the use of various research methodologies and electronic sources 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 French is desirable.
This temporary position is available from 1 March 2022 until 31 December 2022. The appointment, or assignment, and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, or extension of the mandate.
This post is financed by Xtra-Bugetary fund.
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.
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.
This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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