Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. This post is located in the Evaluation Office, a part of the Office of the Executive Director at the Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Senior Evaluation Officer in the Evaluation Office (EO), the incumbent will:
Contribute to all major activities within the Evaluation Office. He/She will organize and manage project level evaluations, play a lead role in the organization and management of selected higher level and strategic evaluations. He/She will regularly track compliance with evaluation recommendations and make substantive contributions to corporate evaluation activities and products as follows:
1. Make substantive contributions to biennial evaluation plans based on organizational priorities, mandates and previous evaluation reports.
2. Manage and provide substantive analytical contributions to all types of evaluation conducted by the Evaluation Office including: Evaluation of the UNEP Medium-Term Strategy, Formative Evaluations of the UNEP Programme of Work, Thematic Sub-Programme Evaluations, portfolio and project level evaluations. Ensure evaluation processes comply with United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards and the requirements set out in the UNEP Prgramme Manual. Works collaboratively with evaluation professionals from other UN agencies when joint evaluations are undertaken.
3. Develop new evaluation methods, processes and approaches and design standard Terms of Reference for all types of evaluation. Review standard UNEP procedures for evaluation and make suggestions for improvement, where applicable.
4. Identify internationally credible evaluation consultants, review credentials and make recommendations to the Evaluation Director for their selection. Prepare detailed evaluation budgets and timelines, inform consultant team members of required scope and quality of deliverables ensuring negotiated agreements on consultant remuneration comply with UN rules. Manage, oversee and provide quality assurance for work undertaken by highly qualified and experienced international consultant evaluators. Provide advice on evaluation methods approaches and processes; review and assess the quality of evaluation deliverables, capture stakeholder views on them and provide constructive feedback to facilitate finalization of evaluation deliverables, ensuring all aspects of the evaluation TORs are fulfilled.
5. Peer review evaluation inception reports and draft evaluation reports being managed by other Evaluation Office staff, and provide informal professional advice to P3, Junior Professional Officers (JPO), Individual Contractors and General Service staff (GS).
6. Ensure that evaluation recommendations are; based on sound evidence, are actionable, verifiable and feasible, and are aimed to improve project, programme or organisational performance. Monitor the implementation of evaluation recommendations, and make formal assessment of compliance at six monthly intervals.
7. Provide substantive analyses for inclusion in the Biennial Evaluation Synthesis Report. Prepare periodic evaluation progress reports and take the lead on selected Evaluation Office Management / Special Studies for publication.
8. Provide advice and support to broader corporate planning and management processes with findings and recommendations from evaluation studies.
9. Perform other duties as required.
Professionalism: Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of all aspects of evaluation. Proven conceptual and analytical skills and the ability to understand technical documents and write evaluation reports. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
Communication: Ability to research write, speak clearly, intelligibly and effectively in the English language. Ability to communication intelligently and both technical and lay persons, good interpersonal and oral communication skills, including the ability to present sensitive issues/positions, including the ability to present sensitive issues/positions and prepare reports on short notice.
Teamwork: Ability to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Proven ability to work collaboratively to achieve organizations and/or collective goals.
Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of environment-related Sciences, Development Studies, Economics or Social Sciences. A first-level University degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience in project and programme evaluation or related area is required.
Substantive work experience in international settings is desirable.
Professional experience in developing countries is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position will include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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.
The United Nations is 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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