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Call for interest for Junior Consultants, Independent Office of Evaluation

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: IFAD - International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-06

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Vacancy Announcement Number 1820
Date of Issue 01/08/2019
Deadline for Applications 06/09/2019
Organizational Unit Office of Evaluation
Duty Station ROME
Duration of Assignment 6 months

Organizational context

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.  IFAD's headquarters is in Rome, Italy, but operates in more than 90 countries.

The Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) of IFAD promotes accountability and learning through independent evaluations of IFAD's work. In line with IFAD's 2011 Evaluation Policy, IOE reports directly to the IFAD Executive Board.

Key results expected / Major functional activities

Under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance of the Director, IOE, and the day to day supervision of responsible IOE staff (lead evaluation specialist, senior evaluation officer or evaluation officer), the junior consultants will contribute to the conduct of IOE evaluations, including project level evaluations and higher-level evaluations (e.g. country strategy and programme evaluation, evaluation synthesis reports, corporate level evaluations).

The duration of the assignments can vary from one to six months according to the needs.

Specific tasks may include the following:

  • Collect, codify and analyse documentary data and prepare written inputs for the approach paper of evaluations;
  • Prepare desk review notes on specific country context, themes or projects;
  • Contribute to organizing quantitative and qualitative data collection;
  • Support the organization of evaluation missions, and participate, as needed, in evaluation missions and selected field work to assist with logistics and coordination, as well as the data collection process;
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data with appropriate software packages;
  • Prepare written inputs as may be required, e.g. draft working papers on selected themes and evaluation criteria or contributions to the main evaluation report;
  • Archive all documentation and analysis related to the evaluation on the IOE Sharepoint environment (xDesk).

Representation / Work relationships

The work relationships of the senior consultants are primarily for information-gathering and exchange in support of studies and thematic assignments which will require to follow IFAD procedures and standards that include identifying reliable sources.


Technical and functional

  • Knowledge of contemporary quantitative and qualitative evaluation techniques and practices, preferably in the area of evaluation of agriculture and rural development interventions.
  • Field experience related to agricultural and rural development is desirable.
  • Communication skills: write clearly, succinctly and convincingly, listen and communicate to engage others.
  • Computer skills: full command of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and common Internet applications. Mastery of statistical analysis software is a plus. 

Minimum recruitment qualifications


  • Advanced university degree (at least Master's equivalent) in economics, agriculture, development studies, finance, management, public policy, social sciences or related studies.


  • At least two (2) years of responsible experience in international development cooperation with focus on evaluation, research, agriculture and rural development or natural resources management
  • Knowledge on natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, climate change and related issues, including how they impact rural development and poverty reduction, an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience writing academic / analytical papers;
  • Demonstrated experience in finding data and information through web-based sources;
  • Familiarity with the U.N. system and the international agriculture and rural development community.

Language requirements

  • Full command, both written and verbal communication, in English;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French or Spanish are an asset.

Other information

It must be noted that consultants are not staff of IFAD, and that this consultancy does not carry any expectation of employment with the Fund. Remuneration will be in line with the standards set for UN consultants.

In the interest of making most cost effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Applicants who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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