Programme and Evaluation Assistant
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Independent Evaluation Section (IES), Office of the Executive Director (OED), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna. IES ensures independent, timely and effective evaluations, in line with the standards and norms of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and following the recommendations of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). The Programme and Evaluation Assistant will work under the direct supervision of the Chief or Deputy Chief of IES.
For more information on UNODC, please visit the website www.unodc.org
Within limits of assigned authority, the Programme and Evaluation Assistant will be responsible for the following specific duties:
• Provide assistance in the planning, coordination and implementation of activities for the global project GLOH92 (Strengthening the Independent Evaluation Function), including project and budget revisions.
• Provide administrative and logistical support, along with the Team Assistant, for all evaluation activities of the Independent Evaluation Section (IES), including those related to Independent Strategic and In-Depth Evaluations (recruitment of evaluators, monitoring of follow-up actions, etc.), considering, in particular, the confidentiality of IES’ work.
• Serve as focal point for the administrative coordination of all activities of the Section, involving extensive liaison with a diverse number of internal and external organizational units to initiate requests, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions.
• Collaborate with the Team Assistant on issues relating to the recruitment and appointment of personnel and consultants, travel arrangements, training/study tours, procurement and other related topics.
• Assist in the preparation and analysis of budget proposals and monitoring of expenditures and obligations; support budget administration, including payment of invoices, disbursement of funds etc.; prepare and administer grants and funds in ERP/Umoja; verify availability of funds; ensure necessary approval and entry in computerized budget systems; administer procurement processes of equipment and services.
• Draft correspondence on budget-related issues and prepare and update periodic reports, briefing notes, graphic and statistical summaries, accounting spreadsheets, etc., covering all funding sources of IES.
• Research, compile, analyse, summarize, and present basic information and data on the global project GLOH92 and other evaluation-related work of the Section; draft related status reports, identifying shortfalls in delivery, etc., and bring to the attention of the Chief of the Section.
• Assist in monitoring the status of UNODC project proposals and project revisions as regards evaluation plans and receipt of relevant documentation for review and approval.
• Assist, in coordination with the Evaluation and Research Assistant and in consultation with the UNOV Information Technology Service (ITS), with the maintenance and further development of Unite Evaluations, UNODC’s the online evaluation management system.
• Collaborate with the Chief of IES on performance reporting; provide assistance on reporting requirements, guidelines, rules and procedures and ensure completeness and accuracy of data submitted.
• Assist with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
• Assist with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.
• Provide guidance/training to new/junior staff.
• Perform other work-related duties as assigned.
Professionalism: Has knowledge of internal policies, processes, and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting as well as information systems. Has ability to work with a wide range of funding sources, presenting complex information on budget planning and adapting to changing priorities due to the fluid nature of work on evaluation. Is able to anticipate challenges in relation to the implementation rate and support the finding of timely solutions. Has understanding of the functions and organization of the work unit and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units, including relating to evaluations at programmatic and strategic levels. Has ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems and to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Has demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Has ability to perform analysis, modeling, and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
High school diploma or equivalent is required.Job - Specific Qualification
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite, i.e. is required, for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.
The GGST is a proctored entry-level examination at the duty station. Any travel expenses incurred in order to take the examination are the responsibility of the candidate and will not be reimbursed by the Organization.
Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
A minimum of seven years of work experience in programme or project administration, administrative services or related area is required.
A minimum of five years of experience related to administration of evaluation-related activities in an international context is required.
Work experience with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is required.
Experience in budgeting with a variety of funding sources as well as experience in working with preparation and administration of grants and funds is desirable.
Experience in maintaining and updating web-based systems is desirable.
Work experience with SAP/Umoja or similar business processes and human resources related systems (e.g. Inspira) is desirable.
Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency based interview.Special Notice
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work in the country where the position is located. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
This position is funded from extra budgetary resources. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Any extension of the appointment will be subject to the availability of funding.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse
and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
Education qualification exceeding the specified requirement of this job opening including university degrees and certificates shall not give rise to additional entitlements or benefits, or facilitate a move to the Professional category. The movement of staff members from the General Service and related categories to the Professional category in the United Nations Secretariat is exclusively allowed through the Young Professionals Programme competitive examinations. Only a few staff members pass the competitive examinations. Passing the competitive examinations does not guarantee movement to the Professional category. For further information, please visit https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=GP
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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