Job Vacancies Office of Internal Oversight Services
Job Title Evaluation Officer
Department/ Office OFFICE OF INTERNAL OVERSIGHT SERVICES
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Job Opening number 11-MPA-INTERNAL OVERSIGHT SERVICES-19726-R-NEW YORK (O)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
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 incumbent will report to Chief of Section.
1. Conducts inspections and evaluations of the Secretariat programmes and cross-cutting topics by:
(a) undertaking 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;
(b) developing the inspection or evaluation design , including drafting parts of the parts of the terms of reference, contributing to the formulation of the inspection or evaluation issues and questions, and developing the project methodology;
(c) contributing to data collection and analysis, including conducting interviews, running focus groups, conducting surveys, participating in direct observation, and conducting document reviews;
(d) drafting the inspection or evaluation report, including formulating inspection or evaluation findings and recommendations, and providing supporting evidence for the report;
2. Participates in follow-up to inspections and evaluation assignments:
(a) tracks inspection and evaluation recommendations through OIOS Issue Track;
(b) participates 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;
3. Provides support to the division to strengthen efficiency and effectiveness of the inspection and evaluation functions:
(a) participates in divisional work groups on work processes and structures;
(b) monitors inspection and evaluation recommendations in Issue Track;
(c) takes on additional division-wide tasks as assigned, such as administrative, human resource and/or substantive work tasks;
(d) undertakes 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) assists 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.
4. Participates in Organizational activities related to the inspection and evaluation functions:
(a) participates 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 the UNEG Annual General Meeting;
(b) provides 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.
- Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, methodologies and approaches relevant to programme and project evaluation and self-evaluation, etc;
- Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given;
- Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;
- Knowledge of management principles;
- Knowledge of policy analysis.
- Exceptional tact and persuasiveness in convincing programme managers of usefulness of evaluation techniques and recommendations as a management tool for enhancing quality.
- Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation fo women and men in all areas of work
- 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
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
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social science, public administration, business or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in evaluation or related field.
Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment and a competencey-based interview.
Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
- 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.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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