Evaluation Officer (Temporary)
United Nations
VIENNA
vor 10 Tg.

Org. Setting and Reporting The temporary post is located in the Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU). IEU is functionally and operationally independent and located in the Office of the Executive Director (OED) of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria.

IEU should ensure independent, timely and effective evaluations, in line with the standards and norms of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG).

The incumbent reports to the Chief of IEU.

For more information on UNODC, please visit our website www.unodc.org. Responsibilities Under the direct supervision of the Chief of IEU, the Evaluation Officer will participate in the planning, preparation, design and implementation of evaluation activities, focusing in particular on the evaluation of the Western Balkan Integrative Internal Security Governance mechanism, pillar II (Western Balkan Countering Serious Crime initiative, WBCSCi).

Within assigned authority, the Evaluation Officer will be responsible for the following duties :

  • Plan and implement the independent evaluation of the WBCSCi as well as related follow-up activities, meetings, presentations, informal workshops, etc.
  • in close coordination with the independent evaluation team as well as other relevant stakeholders (e.g. the IISG (Integrative Internal Security Governance) Support Group, Lead Partners, donors).

    Ensure that all evaluation criteria, as per the Evaluation Terms of Reference and in particular relating to gender equality, are appropriately addressed in the evaluation report and follow-up.

  • Contribute to the management of evaluations by ensuring that they are carried out in an impartial, objective and credible manner following UNODC standards and rules, including those provided by the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG).
  • In particular, contribute to the formative evaluation process of the Western Balkan Integrative Internal Security Governance (WB IISG), pillar II (WBCSCi), funded by the European Union Directorate-

    General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR).

  • Provide substantive support to the development of the UNODC normative standards and evaluation tools, such as the evaluation handbook, guidelines, templates, etc.
  • in accordance with the international standards and best practices as identified by the General Assembly, other UN relevant organs and offices, including the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and ensure adequate involvement of UNODC Member States as per established guidelines and draw from established evaluation standards as developed by the European Union.

  • Participate in selected, strategic activities of the Unit, e.g. further development of results based management in IEU, development of new monitoring tools, meta analytical reports, etc.
  • Provide substantive support regarding the Unit’s communication as well as dissemination strategy for evaluation results, including further developing the IEU website, also in relation to the evaluation results of the WBCSCi, liaising thereby in particular with the EU.
  • Provide substantive support in proposing improved qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, and in proposing and formulating a strategic approach to evaluations within the overall framework of the relevant international instruments, in particularly relating to the evaluation of the WBCSCi and related follow-up.
  • Service and participate in the strengthening of evaluation management capacity in UNODC through systematic needs-assessment for capacity-
  • building and tailored training, in particularly relating to the evaluation of the WBCSCi and related follow-up.

  • Coordinate activities related to the planning and preparation of evaluation budgets as well as managing efficiently the use of resources for evaluations, in particularly relating to the evaluation of the WBCSCi and related follow-up.
  • Participate in the recruitment of consultants, interns, etc., if requested.
  • Contribute to the Results-Based Management systems, development of IT-based tools as well as elaboration of the annual work-plan of the Unit.
  • Assume additional responsibilities regarding the work, outreach and strengthening of IEU as and when required. Undertake outreach activities;
  • make presentations on assigned topics / activities.

  • Keep abreast of best practices and lessons learned, promoting their use to improve UNODC programmes’ performance.
  • Contribute to improving Gender and Human Rights aspects in the work of IEU, in particular as regards strategic evaluations, including the evaluation of and follow-up to the WBCSCi.
  • Perform other work related duties as required. Competencies Professionalism : Has knowledge of international standards and practices in evaluation and respective evaluation methodologies as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Has proven experience in preparing, managing and conducting evaluations. Has knowledge of United Nations system evaluation standards and practices;
  • knowledge of technical cooperation and development assistance. Has knowledge of the international crime, drugs and terrorism programme and policies.

    Has knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods; proven ability to produce evaluation reports and papers.

    Is able to review and edit the evaluation work of others. Demonstrates good judgment and initiative, imagination and resourcefulness, energy and tact.

  • Is able to ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve the goals of the Unit. 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. Education An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in evaluation, social sciences, political sciences, or other relevant discipline is required.

    A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in evaluation, project / programme management, administration or related field including several years at the international level is required.

    Comprehensive experience in and knowledge of United Nations policies, procedures and operations, including the United Nations Evaluation Group norms and standards is required.

    Direct experience in evaluation is required. Experience in conducting strategic analysis of evaluations on a meta-level is desirable.

    Experience in developing results based management systems is desirable. Languages 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 temporarily available for a period of 11 months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.
  • Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement.
  • Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions;
  • and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-

    effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service. 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

    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.

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