Evaluation specialists in conflict analysis, agriculture and food and nutrition security
Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
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The Office of Evaluation (OED) anchors the evaluation function in the Organization. Evaluation in FAO provides results accountability to both member countries and the Director-General, giving more in-depth understanding and objective basis for their decision-making and oversight. Evaluation also contributes to corporate learning, feeding lessons into a robust feedback loop. Evaluation provides a sound basis for improvements in the Organization's programmes in terms of their relevance to countries, definition of objectives, their design and implementation. The Office also participates in system-wide evaluation initiatives and joint evaluations thereby contributing to assessments of development effectiveness by the United Nations (UN) system and the aid architecture.
Organizational Purpose of the call
The Office of Evaluation (OED) of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will be is conducting a series of final evaluations of the projects financed by the UN Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), supporting activities and programmes that contribute to building lasting peace in countries emerging from conflict. The PBF was established by the UN Secretary General in 2005 as a multi-year funding mechanism for post conflict and peace building activities. Their focus is on: (i) implementing and sustaining peace agreements; (ii) dialogue and peace coexistence; (iii) peace dividends; and (iv) Re-establishing basic services.
FAO’s principal activities in these projects have centred on training, education, capacity building, rehabilitation of infrastructure, distribution of seeds, agricultural kits and livestock. The projects are carried out by the FAO country offices in partnership with other international agencies, and local and civil society organizations, and all aim to enhance and address issues on food security, livelihood support, natural resources management and resilience in post-conflict and fragile countries. Project evaluations to be covered by this effort include six PBF projects in Niger, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, and Gambia. The interventions in these countries have centred around the following key thematic areas:
As all the projects aim to support and enhance social cohesion and peace in the country, the Office of Evaluation seeks to develop a overall framework and approach to undertake the project evaluations. This will ensure overall findings and lessons are captured for future FAO programmes and projects, and build the evidence base for conflict sensitive programming in conflict, post-conflict, and fragile countries in areas related to FAOs mandate (agriculture, food security, natural resource management, and environmental sustainability). The aim is to contribute evaluative learning to FAO’s pathways to contributing to local peace in the six main thematic areas of intervention and provide lessons for programming at country level.
The Team Leader will develop the overall scope and approach to be applied to project Based on this preliminary round, the approach would be adapted for a second round of PBF-funded projects in 2021. In additional, the Team Leader will and provide guidance and inputs to the individual project evaluation teams who will conduct the different individual final project evaluations.
Project evaluation team members will implement the evaluation of the individual projects following the defined guidance and scope, and assess the achievements of each of the six individual project evaluations (to be evaluated by January 2021).
Consultants respond to the OED Evaluation Manager under the general responsibility of the Office of Evaluation.
The OED Evaluation Manager will recruit a team composed of one international consultant as team leader, as well as national and regional consultants to conduct the individual project evaluations. The team as a whole will be qualified in the following areas:
Tasks and responsibilities
The FAO Office of Evaluation (OED) will guide this evaluation. The evaluation team responsibilities are to:
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
FAO Core Competencies
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency