International Consultant – Evaluation Expert (OIO)
Please note that this is a delivery-based and home-based consultancy assignment of a temporary nature, with an expected duration of approximately 32 working days within the period November 2021 – January 2022.
The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counterterrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.
The OSCE Secretariat in Vienna assists the Chairmanship in its activities, and provides operational and administrative support to the field operations, and, as appropriate, to other institutions.
The Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) is part of the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Austria. OIO is responsible for planning and delivering internal audits, investigations, and independent evaluations of the Organization's activities, including field operations. The work of OIO assures the adequacy of governance, risk management, and internal control, ensures compliance with the Organization's internal control framework, and enhances performance and the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
The Evaluation Section of OIO further contributes to organizational learning and helps to ensure the quality and relevance of the OSCE's work.
Objective of Assignment:
The OSCE is looking for an expert on international partnerships.
The OSCE co-operates with international, regional and sub-regional multilateral organizations, including various United Nations entities, the European Union, the Council of Europe, and NATO. The co-operation has ranged from coordination, information sharing, joint planning to the implementation of joint activities.
This evaluation focuses on the OSCE’s work in partnership with other international organizations at the country level. Its overall objective is to identify lessons learned and best practices that serve to strengthen the OSCE’s country-level partnership activities. Country level partnerships will be examined in terms of their types (e.g., information sharing, co-ordination, sharing of lessons learned, etc.), the processes of partnering (e.g., formal or informal, the role of the OSCE, etc.), and their overall benefits for the OSCE. In the latter regard, it will be assessed to what extent partnerships have been relevant and contributed to the performance of the OSCE in terms of the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations.
The evaluation will be based on data from OSCE documents and financial records, structured focus group interviews of staff in the OSCE and partner organisations, third party studies and data, and an electronic survey distributed to OSCE staff across the entire organisation. OSCE field operations, secretariat units, and institutions will be included.
Provide subject matter expert input to a cross-organizational evaluation of OSCE partnerships with international/regional organizations and international NGOs.
The overall objective of this assignment is to support a cross-organizational evaluation of OSCE partnerships with international/regional organizations and international NGOs.
Duration of Assignment:
Part-time (pre-defined maximum number of working days) distributed over the period November – December 2021.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the co-ordinating role of OIO’s Senior Evaluator, the expert/consultant will:
- Author an inception report, including providing comments to the evaluation ToR;
- Provide input to the design of interview questions and participation in video interviews with staff from OSCE field mission, institution and Secretariat units, partner organizations, and author of interview notes with the major outtakes for each set of interviews;
- Author the report’s background section (5-7 pages) on the policy origins of international efforts to create partnerships. This includes a summary of research findings on the link between partnerships and organizational performance;
- Prepare three in-depth case study reports of 15 pages each to be included in the annex to the report and exploring the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and gender mainstreaming of the specific partnerships;
- Provide written input to electronic survey questions and support to the interpretation of survey findings;
- Provide written comments on the draft overall evaluation report – including early draft sections – compiled by OIO;
- Attend (virtual or in-person) post-evaluation debriefing meetings with OSCE stakeholders;
- Provide advice throughout the evaluation process as requested.
The detailed duties described under “Tasks and Responsibilities” divided into two deliverables as follows:
- Deliverable 1: duties 1 – 3
- Deliverable 2: duties 4 – 7.
For more detailed information on the structure and work of the Secretariat, please see: http://www.osce.org/secretariat
- At least a first-level university degree in social sciences, economics, public policy, law, evaluation, business, management or related field(s) from an accredited university;
- A minimum of 10 years documented professional experience from evaluations and/or research on international organization partnership issues;
- A minimum of 10 years documented evaluation experience, which could include managing and/or conducting evaluations of development projects or programmes with an international organization, an NGO, with a government department, research experience with a university or academic institution;
- Documented experience in qualitative and/or quantitative analysis;
- Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
- Documented experience in analysing survey data;
- Computer literate with practical experience using Microsoft applications. Ability to use relevant software and other applications, ideally including but not limited to survey software, statistical software (e.g., STATA, SPSS, SAS, and R) is desirable;
- Excellent report-writing skills and the ability to convey complex information in a logical, clear and concise manner as demonstrated by previous evaluation reports;
- Professional fluency in English.
Remuneration will be based on the selected consultant’s/expert’s qualifications, experience, the tasks and deliverables for this position and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under https://jobs.osce.org/vacancies.
If you are not a national of a participating State, you must apply by submitting an offline application form which can be found under https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/offline-application-form.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.
Only those candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization.
Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.
Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.