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Deputy Director Independent Evaluation Office

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-30

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Background

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, and institutional capabilities and build resilience to sustain development results. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. UNDP supports countries' efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, guiding global development priorities for the next 11 years.

 
The UNDP Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) works to enhance UNDP's development effectiveness to help men and women build a better life. The IEO strengthens accountability and learning through evaluation and partnership inside the organization. The IEO provides a systematic and independent assessment of results, effectiveness, and impact of the UNDP's programmatic interventions' substantive activities, including the special purpose funds under the Administrator's responsibilities and other areas of interest in the articulation of the UN Country Teams. The Independent Evaluation Office conducts strategic, thematic, programmatic and country-level evaluations. It assures UNDP evaluations' quality and use by establishing norms, standards and guidelines, and knowledge sharing and networking. The IEO in addition advances innovation in development evaluation through a portfolio of global partnerships.
 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:
 
The Deputy Director reports to the Director of the IEO and holds key oversight, managerial, and supervisory responsibilities over the entire team of evaluation and operational staff. Operating with an explicit  delegation of authority from the Director for operations, the main responsibilities of the incumbent will be in the following key areas:
 
Leadership and strategic planning: The Deputy Director supports the Director in providing intellectual and organizational leadership and strategic guidance to UNDP's evaluation function and implementing the UNDP evaluation policy. He/she develops the IEO's annual workplan, which encompasses all workstreams, including approximately 20 evaluations, corporate support and evaluation knowledge management. He/she will be responsible for fostering an environment of methodological rigor and professional empowerment of IEO's team to live up to the high standards expected by the stakeholders. He/she will support the Director in managing interactions with the UNDP's Senior Management, the Executive Board, and other external/ internal stakeholders.
 
Management Oversight and supervision: The incumbent will exercise management oversight in the implementation of the substantive overall programme of work of the office. The Deputy Directors supervises the senior staff including team leaders and provides direct inputs to policy and methodological positions of the IEO. He/she is responsible for early engagement in evaluation process to assure quality and substance, provision of substantive guidance as the work progresses and management of issues relating to policy, political sensitivity, credibility and use of evaluations. 
 
Administrative, Financial, and Human Resource management and accountability: The incumbent is responsible for oversight and accountability of core resources and extra-budgetary funds mobilized from donors. In securing the accountability and smooth functioning of the office, the incumbent will exercise oversight and executive responsibility over the office budget, recruitment of staff and consultants, all financial expenditure and procurement, and operations support. He/she directly supervises the Operations Manager, and the Chief of Sections.
 
Specific duties will include, but not limited to, the following:
  • Maintain and ensure adherence to UNDP's Evaluation Policy 
  • Supervise or task manage of evaluations or assessments of UNDP programmes, themes or policies of key importance at the corporate level.
  • Introduce innovative and cutting-edge evaluation methodologies to enhance the rigor of evaluations carried out by the IEO.
  • Ensure the IEO's high quality methodological and process standards through strict guidance to the IEO's professionals and evaluation consultants.
  • Foster and sustain productive partnerships for evaluation with UN system evaluation offices/units and multilateral institutions on the one hand, and with leading evaluation institutions, networks and regional/national professional associations on the other. 
  • Provide strategic advisory support and guidance on evaluation matters to country offices and HQ units.
  • Coordinate responses to any corporate requirements or demands from external parties.
  • Coach and mentor staff as required, more particularly the mid managers to maintain a sustainable delivery capacity in the IEO.
Impact of Results
 
The key results have an impact on the overall effectiveness and success of UNDP's interventions and activities in achieving UNDP mandate at the country levels;  Effective implementation of evaluation policies and strategies, as well as efficient management of  the evaluation process; Enhance the organization's capacity and credibility to provide leadership and high-quality technical advice on the formulation of innovative programme strategies and projects which address specific needs of the country in the UNDP Practice Areas
 
The Deputy Director's key results also have a considerable impact on overall economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of office operations as it relates to the use of corporate resources in the following areas:
  • Financial services
  • Human Resources
  • Procurement and logistical services 
  • Information and Communications Technology for Development Evaluation
 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies 
  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP's mission, vision and values , based on a thorough and nuanced understanding of the United Nations and multilateral context, as well as extensive familiarity of relevant United Nations values and topics, such as human rights, human development, gender, environment, and results based management, in order to provide effective leadership for all levels and all types of evaluation.
  • Displays adaptability, understanding and respecting for differences in culture, local customs, religious beliefs and practices, gender roles, disability, age and ethnicity, and is skillful in incorporating these when undertaking and managing evaluations as well as when leading staff
  • Displays a thorough understanding of the Standards of ethical conduct for evaluators, is able to promote a strong ethic work environment in the office, have integrity and honesty in all working relationships and act as a role model for staff with regard to ethical behavior.
 
Core Competencies:
 
Evaluation –
  • S/he must have proven in-depth professional knowledge of the different components of the evaluation practice, including evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and reporting, and the skills needed to provide substantive guidance to staff on evaluation design methodology and reporting.
  • S/he must have a proven ability to plan and implement an effective office strategy for systematic follow-up to evaluation recommendations and in developing an effective dissemination and outreach strategy for evaluation reports.
  • Excellent knowledge of emerging global issues and evaluation trends that impact on the work of their office and the skills necessary to advance the evaluation profession within the United Nations as well as within the larger evaluation community 
  • S/he must show a concrete ability to guide the distilment, communication and reporting of best practices and lessons learned.
  • Knowledge of the role of evaluation in the organization, advances and important directions in evaluation, including important partnerships to be forged; 
  • Knowledge of capacity development and of the current efforts in evaluation capacity development
  • Have good technical knowledge of the different components of evaluation, including evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and reporting, and the skills needed to provide substantive guidance to staff on evaluation design methodology and reporting
 
Leadership, management and Communication -
  • The incumbent must have strong management skills to effectively monitor the flow of the office's evaluation work and products and to oversee the following office management tasks: organizing effective evaluation work, assigning evaluation tasks, setting up evaluation priorities, monitoring major project milestones, reviewing evaluation products for quality, establishing output goals and schedules, developing quality products, ensuring timeliness of products, and ensuring effective dissemination and utilization of evaluations.
  • Strong ability to plan and implement an effective office strategy for systematic follow-up to evaluation recommendations and in developing an effective dissemination and outreach strategy for evaluation reports;
  • Strong networking skills, representing the office at senior level meetings, and cultivating good relationships with Member States, donors, programme managers, Country Offices and Corporate Bureaux, while maintaining accountability and independence
  • Excellent ability for facilitation of learning about evaluation and its purpose, including guiding the distilment, communication and reporting of best practices and lessons learned;
  • Demonstrated openness to change,  ability to manage complexities to develop and support the implementation of systems and change management models; 
  • Effective team leadership and conflict resolution skills; demonstrating excellent coaching and mentoring competencies
  • Excellent leadership skills in promoting a positive work environment in the IEO, by empowering staff, fostering creative problem-solving, ensuring transparent communication and participatory decision-making, and promoting open and effective interpersonal relationships among staff.
  • Excellent negotiation skills that can be applied to complex situations, within and outside the office, on all issues related to evaluation
  • Excellent presentation skills and the ability to represent the IEO at senior level meetings and other high level fora
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner to all audiences, as well as to provide guidance to staff on all written products and oral presentations;
Inter-personal skills
  • The incumbent must have excellent proven oral and written communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner to all audiences, as well as to provide guidance to staff on all written products and oral presentations.
  • S/he must have demonstrated leadership competencies in understanding and respecting for differences in culture, local customs, religious beliefs and practices, gender roles, disability, age and ethnicity, and be skillful in incorporating these when undertaking and managing evaluations as well as when leading staff.
  • S/he must have excellent negotiation skills that can be applied to complex situations, within and outside the office, on all issues related to evaluation.
  • S/he must have excellent facilitation skills that can be employed in high level meetings and other interactions with colleagues, peers, and other internal and external partners.
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Advanced (Masters) University Degree in Social sciences, Economics, Business or Public Administration,
 
Experience:
  • A minimum of 15 years' experience in progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in conducting and managing evaluations at international level. 
  • Documented evidence of evaluation technical and professional skills, and first-hand experience conducting evaluations for United Nations organizations, and/or other multilateral and bilateral development organizations.
  • Proven experience in managing operations in the UN system at the corporate level or any other multilateral development organization. Acquaintance with UNDP’s operations is also desirable.
Language Requirements:
  • Working language is English. Fluency in Spanish, French or any other UN official language is strongly advantageous

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