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Evaluation officer, P4

Organization: The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)

Department/ Office: Office of Internal Oversight Services

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Job Opening number: 12-MPA-OIOS-22427-R-NEW YORK (X)

Posting Period: 5 March 2012-6 May 2012

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is in the Peacekeeping Evaluation Section of the Inspection and Evaluation Division of the Office of Internal Oversight Services in New York (HQ). The position reports to the Chief of Peacekeeping Evaluation and the Director of OIOS-IED.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Evaluation Officer, Inspection and Evaluation Division, will be responsible for the following duties in the Peacekeeping Evaluation section of IED:
*Plan, develop and lead inspection or evaluation assignments of the United Nations’ peacekeeping activities, such as in-depth evaluations of complex programmes, thematic evaluations, ad hoc evaluations and inspections or equivalent studies; carry out all the tasks involved in the assignments, which may include provision of guidance to external consultants and other evaluation staff;
*review relevant documents and reports;
*conduct data collection and analysis;
*identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions and recommendations;
*draft final reports;
*liaise with relevant parties;
*ensure follow-up actions;
*liaise with other departments to integrate new evaluation methodologies and other developments as they are introduced to the Organization;
*advise on policy development based on evaluation findings concerning programme relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and impact of United Nations peacekeeping activities;
*research and analyze information gathered from diverse data sources and formulate convincing and well substantiated conclusions and recommendations;
*plan and conduct mail, telephone, in-person and web-based surveys; design questionnaires; review, analyze and interpret survey responses; identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions;
*draft various documents, including background papers, analyses, draft and final reports; guidelines; conference room papers and other documents as needed;
*provide technical evaluation support to the Division, Department and other UN entities;
*contribute to efforts to strengthen the role of the evaluation to peacekeeping in the United Nations so as to improve programme efficiency and effectiveness;
*establish and maintain effective relationships with clients and partners in the Secretariat, funds and programmes;
*perform other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:  Very good knowledge of international standards and practices in evaluation and respective evaluation methodologies. Ability to propose and formulate a strategic approach to evaluations within the overall framework of the relevant international instruments; readiness to take action on resolutions and decisions of intergovernmental bodies; academic specialization in evaluation is desirable. Proven experience in preparing, managing and conducting impact evaluations. In-depth knowledge of UN system evaluation standards and practices; extensive knowledge of technical cooperation and development assistance; good knowledge of the peacekeeping and peacebuilding arena; proven ability to produce evaluation reports and papers; ability to review and edit the evaluation work of others. Demonstrates good judgment and initiative, creativity and resourcefulness, diplomacy and tact; ability to ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve the goals of the section. Incorporates gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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

Creativity:
-Actively seeks to improve programmes or services
-Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs
-Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas
-Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”
-Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things
-Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, public administration, programme evaluation or in a related field, preferably with emphasis in international affairs and/or development. A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience in evaluation or related area may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in both the conduct and management of programme and thematic inspections and evaluations of which, preferably three at the international level. Experience in programme administration and familiarity with and experience in the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Experience in survey methodology. Experience in leading and managing inspection and evaluation teams.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required and a working knowledge of French and/or Arabic is desirable

Assessment Method

To assess evaluation and writing skills, a written test will be given to short-listed candidates.

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
– Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
– These posts are financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.
– Appointment is limited to OIOS.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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