Evaluation Specialist (IEO)
New York City (United States of America)
- Independent country programme evaluations (ICPEs) to feed into the development of new Country Programme Documents.
- Regional and global programme evaluations.
- Thematic evaluations, covering strategic and corporate topics.
- Quality assessment of decentralized evaluations.
- Support to national evaluation capacity. development
- Annual Reports on Evaluation.
- Development of evaluation standards, procedures, and methodological guidance for UNDP evaluations.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Support or lead/manage evaluations that are impartial, independent, and credible.
- Promote the use of evaluations, and support follow-up of evaluation findings and recommendations.
- Promote the evaluation function in the Organization.
- Effectively support the effective deployment of human and financial resources of IEO.
1 Support or lead/manage evaluations that are impartial, independent, credible and meet professional standards.
- Carry out evaluations of programmes, policies and cross-cutting themes.
- Effectively coordinate evaluations conducted by staff members and consultants.
- Promote evaluations that meet high professional standards in line with the UNDP Evaluation Policy and UN Evaluation Norms & Standards.
- Keep abreast of developments in the area of evaluation.
- Apply up-to-date evaluation techniques and approaches.
- Collaborate with other UN evaluation units and professional evaluation bodies
- Report on recommendations and lessons learned drawn from evaluations.
- Organize meetings, workshops and other discussion forum to establish a dialogue on evaluation results.
- Advocate for the use of evaluation results in the design and appraisal of strategies, policies and projects/programmes
- Support evaluation capacity development initiatives within the office and in other organizational units.
- Contribute to methodological improvement of and support to decentralized evaluations.
- Contribute to the development and review of policies, guidance, systems, procedures and tools related to evaluation
- Plan evaluations and prepare budgets for individual evaluations.
- Manage effectively and efficiently the use of resources for evaluations.
- Select evaluation consultants based on post requirements.
- Supervise evaluation consultants
- Knowledge about evaluation ethics and UNEG Norms and Standards, can uphold ethics under pressure, and is able to maintain independence and impartiality under pressure;
- Understanding of current issues in evaluation practice and theory; has solid knowledge of human rights and gender equality and is able to ensure that evaluation design, questions and analysis incorporate this knowledge in most settings
- Solid knowledge of various types of theories of change and logic models to apply
- Understanding of systems thinking in order to identify and facilitate the development of theories of change and logic models for moderately complex programmes and policies and in order to facilitate evaluative thinking among stakeholders
- Determine the scope of an evaluation and to develop mechanisms to implement the evaluation
- Develop a realistic work plan for a moderately complex evaluation, to adjust the work plan as needed and to effectively manage the budgeting and the use of evaluation resources
- Coordinate and supervise evaluation processes in order to establish relevant stakeholder groups and to manage these in order to ensure engagement
- Identify and manage conflicts
- Drawing out lessons learned from challenging situations
- Solid knowledge of and ability to communicate to stakeholders the value of evaluation to policy and programming in the achievement of the SDGs
Required Skills and Experience
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in both the conduct and management of evaluation.
- Knowledge of current international development issues.
- Experience in the use of various research methodologies.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages,
- Experience in handling of web based management systems
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