UN Offices

Senior Evaluation Officer

UN Offices

Job Description

This post is located in the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), United Nations Office at Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Executive Secretary of the JIU.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Executive Secretary, the incumbent will lead one of the two clusters of the Unit and will fulfill the following responsibilities:

1.Supervises the conduct of independent, professional and effective evaluations and inspections by: a) Leading and managing evaluation and inspection team/s to successful achievement of targeted results, ensuring the timeliness, relevance, credibility, objectivity and utility of their outputs and approaches; b) Providing guidance on evaluation and inspection standards, checklist and formats by training and mentoring new staff on theory and conduct of inspections and evaluations; c) Ensuring quality by undertaking reviews of the team’s progress in accordance with the plan and reviews of outputs at key milestones in the life cycle of an evaluation or inspection assignment including TORs, inception paper, draft report outline and final draft report. 2.Conducts impartial, independent, professional and effective evaluations and inspections by: a)Planning and organizing evaluations and inspections, developing detailed work plans, drafting correspondence, gathering information and conducting preliminary reviews, developing questionnaires and surveys; b)Developing interview guides, participating in evaluation and inspection missions, assisting and advising the Inspectors, participating in interviews, gathering and reviewing documents and other information and documenting the results; c)Analyzing all information collected using quantitative and qualitative methods for data Analysis, including sampling techniques, as appropriate; d)Drafting evaluation and inspection reports, notes and management (confidential) letters including recommendations for action. 3.Supports the Executive Secretary in the management of the office by: a)Assisting in the planning/recruitment of human resources and Financial Resources; b)Contributing to the preparation of the JIU Annual Programme of Work, identifying issues or areas which could benefit from an evaluation or inspection and validating proposals received; c)Facilitating cooperation and interaction with other UN evaluation and inspection units and professional bodies. d)Participating in meetings relating to work of the JIU – such as working groups, peer reviews, project quality reviews, formal and informal meetings of Inspectors, and meetings with focal points and oversight bodies of participating organizations. e)Performing reviews of project proposals and validations for proposed programme of work topics. f)Keeping abreast of developments in the profession, identifying issues and contributing to further developing and refining evaluation and inspection methodologies, policies, guidance, procedures and tools; g)Acting as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Executive Secretary. Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM. - Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of evaluation and/or audit methodologies - Demonstrates knowledge of key programme and management issues in the United Nations system - Demonstrates knowledge of United Nations regulations and rules, especially in matters relating to finance and budget, human resources management and programme planning - 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.

COMMUNICATION: - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively - Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately - Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication - Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience - Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. ACCOUNTABILITY: -Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments - Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; - Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; - Supports subordinates, - Provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; - Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable. LEADERSHIP: - Serves as a role model that other people want to follow - Empowers others to translate vision into results - Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives - Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support - Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions - Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo - Shows the courage to take unpopular stands - Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: - Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly - Gathers relevant information before making a decision - Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them - Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization - Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information - Checks assumptions against facts - Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision - Makes tough decisions when necessary. Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in social sciences, public Administration, business administration, programme evaluation or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Relevant professional certification, such as Certified Internal Auditor, Credentialed Evaluator or Chartered Professional Accountant is an asset.

Work Experience

At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in oversight, programme management, performance assessment, and both the management and conduct of audit and/or evaluation and/or inspection assignments is required. Experience leading and managing project teams, using project management tools and providing guidance and support to team members on methodology, substance and quality is required. Experience in the use of various research methodologies, including extraction of data from electronic sources, survey methodology and tools, quantitative and qualitative Data Analysis is required. A proven record of relevant publications and reports is also required. Five years of relevant experience in an international organization is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 October 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. 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. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date. 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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