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Evaluation Specialist (IEO)

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-25

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Background

The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of UNDP reports to the UNDP Executive Board, which is the custodian of the UNDP Evaluation Policy (DP/2016/23). IEO conducts independent evaluations and other activities according to its programme of work approved by the Executive Board. The work of the IEO includes:
  1. Independent country programme evaluations (ICPEs) to feed into the development of new Country Programme Documents.
  2. Regional and global programme evaluations.
  3. Thematic evaluations, covering strategic and corporate topics.
  4. Quality assessment of decentralized evaluations.
  5. Support to national evaluation capacity. development
  6. Annual Reports on Evaluation.
  7. Development of evaluation standards, procedures, and methodological guidance for UNDP evaluations.
 
 
The Evaluation Specialist will work on any assignments as planned by the IEO according to its annual work plan, in particular conducting independent evaluations.  The position is currently located in New York HQ. 
 
The Evaluation Specialist works closely with Evaluation Advisors, Chiefs of Section and Directorate of IEO to support the Office’s efficient and full delivery of the Programme of Work. The Evaluation Specialist also works independently, as needed.
 

Duties and Responsibilities

Main duties and responsibilities are:
  1. Support or lead/manage evaluations that are impartial, independent, and credible.
  2. Promote the use of evaluations, and support follow-up of evaluation findings and recommendations.
  3. Promote the evaluation function in the Organization.
  4. 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
2. Promote the use of evaluations and support the follow-up of evaluation findings and recommendations.
  • 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
 
3. Promote the evaluation function in the Organization.
  • 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
4. Effectively support the deployment of human and financial resources of the Independent Evaluation Office.
  • 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
 

Competencies

Core Competencies
 
Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 3: Adapts deliverables to meet client needs
 
Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 3: Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others
 
People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 3: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making
 
Communication Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
 
Delivery Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Level 3: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value
 
Technical/Functional Competencies
 
Professional Foundations: Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Includes:
  • 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
 
Technical Evaluation Skills: Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Includes:
  • 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
 
Management Skills: Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Including a solid ability to:
  • 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
 
Promoting a culture of learning for evaluation: Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Including:
  • 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

Education: Master's degree in social sciences, public policy, political sciences, economics, development studies or a related area.
 
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
 
Language Requirements:
Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UNDP language (Spanish, French) will be an advantage 
 
Other:
Describe any additional qualifications:
* Non-Smoking environment 
 

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