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Head, Programme Evaluation Group(P5)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-25

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Organizational Setting

The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) comprises four main functional areas\: internal audit, investigation, management services and programme evaluation. In accordance with its Charter, OIOS provides the Director General and IAEA managers with objective, independent and systematic assessments for the purposes of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of programme delivery, and ensuring accountability, sound governance, risk management and internal control, and good management practice.

 

Main Purpose

Under the general supervision of the Director of OIOS, the Head of the Programme Evaluation Group ensures the effective coordination of the Programme Evaluation Group and the delivery of its work plan objectives, in addition to performing or leading the most complex and/or sensitive assignments her/himself.

 

Role

The Head of the Programme Evaluation Group is\: (1) a group leader of the programme evaluation function, coordinating the planning of evaluations, providing reviews and quality assurance for the function, and ensuring that evaluations contribute to the IAEA’s continuous learning and improvement culture, strengthen programme performance, and enhance accountability and transparency; (2) a methodical specialist, conducting evaluations and preparing recommendations for streamlining the work of the respective programme or functional areas in order to increase their relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability; 3) a communicator, reporting on evaluation findings and formulating both oral and written conclusions and recommendations, as well as requesting actions in response to the recommendations; and (4) an expert and advisor on programme evaluation matters for the Director of OIOS and Agency senior management.

 

Functions / Key Results Expected

Under the delegated authority received from the Director of OIOS\:

  • Plan and manage the programme evaluation activity to ensure systematic and evidence-based examinations of the IAEA’s programmes, policies, services and/or functions to objectively assess the achievement of their intended purposes and to recommend ways of improving their design, implementation or results; ensuring that the programme evaluation function achieves the purpose and responsibility set out in the OIOS Charter, that it conforms with the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) norms and standards for evaluation as relevant to the Agency, and that it supports the organization in learning and in demonstrating its accountability.
  • Plan, carry out/lead and report on the most complex and sensitive programme evaluation activities.
  • Ensure effective resource management aimed to select, oversee and deploy competent and appropriate staff and consultants to achieve the approved programme evaluation work plan. In this context, perform administrative tasks to the extent delegated by the Director of OIOS.
  • Provide direction and guidance to team members ensuring effective team functioning; ensure appropriate learning, training and development and actively participate in HR planning and assessing staff performance. Actively promote ongoing staff development by coaching evaluation staff.
  • Provide to the Director of OIOS periodic reporting on the programme evaluation activity and the identified issues of concern for senior management and Member States.
  • Develop and maintain a quality assurance and improvement programme that covers all aspects of the programme evaluation activity, with particular reference to\: i) ongoing monitoring of the performance of the programme evaluation activity; ii) monitoring of evaluation procedures and development of business process improvement plans; and iii) on-the-job professional development activities to ensure that the programme evaluation function as a whole incorporates the knowledge, skills and other competences needed to perform its responsibilities.
  • Represent OIOS and the Agency as required.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition
 
Communication Encourages open communication and builds consensus. Uses tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive information, and keeps staff informed of decisions and directives as appropriate.
 
Achieving Results Sets realistic targets for himself/herself and for the team; ensures availability of resources and supports staff members in achieving results. Monitors progress and performance; evaluates achievements and integrates lessons learned.
 
Teamwork Encourages teamwork, builds effective teams and resolves problems by creating a supportive and collaborative team spirit, remaining mindful of the need to collaborate with people outside the immediate area of responsibility.
 
Planning and Organizing Sets clearly defined objectives for himself/herself and the team or Section. Identifies and organizes deployment of resources based on assessed needs, taking into account possible changing circumstances. Monitors team’s performance in meeting the assigned deadlines and milestones.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
 
Client orientation Examines client plans and develops services and options to support ongoing relationships. Develops solutions that add value to the Agency’s programmes and operations.
 
Commitment to continuous process improvement Assesses the effectiveness of functions and systems as well as current practices; streamlines standards and processes and develops innovative approaches to programme development and implementation.
 
Judgement/decision making Consults with and seeks advice at the appropriate managerial level when making complex decisions. Facilitates dialogue and development of best practice to support judgement/decision making, in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
     
Internal Oversight Programme/Project/Country Evaluation Ability to identify evaluation needs; in-depth knowledge of and experience in designing evaluations; and applying qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods.
     
Management and Programme Analysis Project Management Ability to develop realistic work plans based on assessed risks and appropriate evaluation scope, and to coordinate and supervise evaluation processes including managing relevant stakeholder groups.
     
Internal Oversight Quality Management In-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art management and evaluation concepts, notably in line with UNEG norms and standards.

 

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in social science, political science, engineering, economics, or another relevant discipline.

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible relevant experience in evaluation, of which 3 years at international level. Experience in working across multiple sectors would be an advantage, such as international organizations, governments and/or different industries within the private sector.

Demonstrable knowledge of the latest programme evaluation techniques and methodologies, and practical experience in conducting and/or supervising evaluations of programmatic and other activities.

Proven experience in supervisory roles, ideally leading or co-leading teams of evaluators.

Excellent partnering skills and stakeholder management.

Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including interview and presentation techniques, with ability to effectively convey complex ideas in an engaging manner with clarity, diplomacy and precision.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

 

Remuneration

The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $89837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 44110, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance

 

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Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values)\: Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process
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