Evaluation Officer (S)
This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to an assignment at the Secretariat must be borne by their authorities.
Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered. Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.
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The OSCE Secretariat in Vienna assists the Chairpersonship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.
The Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) is part of the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Austria. OIO is responsible for planning and delivering internal audits, investigations, and independent evaluations of the Organization's activities, including field operations. The work of OIO assures the adequacy of governance, risk management, and internal control, ensures compliance with the Organization's internal control framework, and enhances performance and the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
The Evaluation Section of OIO conducts Independent Evaluations in line with its Independent Annual Evaluation Plan, monitors the implementation of evaluation recommendations, synthesizes findings and lessons learned from Independent Evaluations and decentralized evaluations, supports Executive Structures with evaluation work through advisory services and capacity building and promotes a culture of evaluation throughout the organization.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
As Evaluation Officer, you will report directly to the Deputy Director/ Head of Evaluation of OIO. Your second level supervisor is the Director of OIO.
As Evaluation Officer, you will collaborate with the OSCE Evaluation Focal Points and OSCE Evaluation Network's members throughout the Organization, with a view to sharing information and knowledge, developing evaluation capacities, providing advice and guidance, moderating discussions, etc. You will also survey and/or interview OSCE staff and mission members for specific evaluation assignments.
More specifically, you will be tasked with the following:
- Contributing to independent evaluations by organizing the evaluation process, collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data, applying appropriate evaluation methodologies, drafting parts of evaluation reports and other communication products, and presenting evaluation findings. Topics include, but are not limited to, evaluation of operational aspects of management and organization; analysis of operating programmes to evaluate their effectiveness in achieving objectives;
- Leading organizational evaluation capacity development by leading, planning and implementing activities for the OSCE Evaluation Network, including the Annual Evaluation Network Meeting, delivering training, webinars, and workshops; backstopping and providing advisory services to OSCE evaluation managers, and managing information and knowledge sharing within the OSCE Evaluation Network and between OSCE executive structures;
- Monitoring compliance of OSCE executive structures with the Organization's Evaluation Policy, by co-ordinating meetings of the OSCE Evaluation Focal Points, requesting and analysing relevant information on the planning and results of decentralized evaluations, mapping evaluation coverage and expenditures in the Organization, following up on the implementation of evaluation recommendations, and drafting inputs for OIO's annual work plan and report;
- Recommending actions to improve the implementation of OSCE's evaluation policy and to strengthen the Organization's culture of evaluation;
- Performing other duties as assigned.
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Secretariat, please see https://www.osce.org/secretariat
- First-level university degree in public policy, international affairs, evaluation or other social sciences that involve qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis;
- A minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience in evaluation or applied research, including collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data and data visualization;
- Demonstrated research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems, establish rapport, and apply good judgment in the context of assignments;
- Knowledge of theories of change and logic models and the ability to identify, recreate and facilitate the development of theories of change and logic models for complex programmes, policies or initiatives;
- Knowledge of UNEG evaluation norms and standards, ethical guidelines, and evaluation theory and practice, including knowledge of integrating human rights and gender equality perspectives into evaluation processes;
- Engagement in professional networks and continuous self-development in order to enhance evaluation competencies and skills;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; good command of other OSCE languages is an asset;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
- Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
- Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft applications.
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under https://vacancies.osce.org/.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.
Only those candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see https://www.osce.org/participating-states.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.
Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.
Please apply to your relevant authorities well in advance of the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered. The OSCE can only process Secondment applications that have been nominated by participating States. For queries relating to your application, please refer to the respective delegation as listed here: https://www.osce.org/contacts/delegations.
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