UN WOMEN: EVALUATION SPECIALIST
||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
|Application Deadline :||07-May-12|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-3|
|Languages Required :||
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
The mandate and functions of UN Women call for the promotion of organizational and UN system accountability on gender equality through evaluation, strengthening evaluation capacities and learning from evaluation, and developing systems to measure the results and impact of UN Women with its enhanced role at country, regional and global levels. The purpose and role of evaluation in UN Women is to enhance accountability, inform decision-making and contribute to learning on the best ways to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality through operational and normative work.
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the independent Evaluation Office of UN Women serves as the custodian of the evaluation function in line with United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) Norms and Standards. It deploys quantitative and qualitative approaches to evaluate transformative changes in gender equality and human rights and UN Women’s contribution therein. It undertakes corporate evaluations and promotes their use at decision making levels; supports decentralized evaluations for improved programming and evidence generation on what works for gender equality; supports evaluation capacity development within the organization and of regional and country partners, and promotes coordination with the UN system on joint evaluation of gender equality and the inclusion of gender in system wide evaluation.
UN Women is searching for an Evaluation Specialist to be based in the Evaluation Office in New York. Under the supervision of the Deputy Chief of Evaluation, the Evaluation Specialist will support the implementation of the Evaluation Office work programme in the areas of corporate strategic evaluations, coordination on evaluation in UN System, and evaluation capacity development.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
I. Conduct and/or manage evaluations that are impartial, independent, credible and meet professional standards.
- Manage corporate evaluations and assist in carrying out evaluations of country programmes and strategies;
- Support effectively evaluations conducted by staff members and consultants;
- Apply high professional standards in line with Evaluation Policy and UN Evaluation Norms & Standards;
- Apply evaluation quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis tools, techniques and approaches;
- Keep abreast of developments in the area of evaluation, exploring innovative approaches in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment .
II. Promote that evaluations are useful and that evaluation findings and recommendations are followed up.
- Prepare reports, analysis and synthesis to management on findings and recommendations of evaluations;
- Organize meetings, workshops and other discussion fora to establish a dialogue on evaluation results;
- Ensure that evaluation results are taken into account for the continued implementation of strategies, projects/programmes and for the design and appraisal of new projects/programmes;
- Ensure that project/programme managers respond to recommendations and monitor the follow up on evaluations.
III. Promote coordination on evaluation that is gender responsive:
- Support M&E frameworks of One UN programmes and Joint programmes;
- Represent UN Women in the task forces of the United Nations Evaluation Group;
- Promote the generation of knowledge on gender responsive evaluation and support the establishment of knowledge management systems on evaluation findings.
IV. Promote Evaluation Capacity Development in UN Women
- Review evaluation reports for quality control purposes;
- Provide and/or assist in the provision of training on evaluation, self-evaluation, monitoring and results based management within the Evaluation Office and in other organizational units;
- Develop evaluation guidelines in line with UN Women evaluation policy and United Nations Evaluation Group norms and standards;
- Provide advice/information/guidance to project/ programme managers on evaluability of their programmes and evaluations.
V. Contribute to the effective deployment of human and financial resources of the Evaluation Office.
- Plan evaluations and prepare evaluation budgets for individual evaluations;
- Manage effectively and efficiently the use of resources for evaluations;
- Select evaluation consultants based on post requirements;
- Assist in the supervision of evaluation consultants.
VI. Evaluation Specialist will perform other related duties and assignments as and when required.
Impact of Results:
The key results have an impact on the successful implementation of the Evaluation Office strategy.
- Ethics: Acts according to the standards of ethical conduct for evaluators, including policies on receiving and giving gifts, conflicting financial interests, outside employment and activities, misuse of position, impartiality in performing official duties and related statutory authorities. Acts with integrity and honesty in relationships with all stakeholders
- Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
- Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
- Ethics and Values: Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents
- Organizational Awareness: Building support and political acumenDeveloping and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring: Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation
- Working in Teams: Building and promoting effective teamsCommunicating Information and Ideas: Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
- Self-management and Emotional intelligence: Creating an emotionally intelligent organization
- Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements: Leveraging conflict in the interests of the organization & setting standards
- Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning: Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
Knowledge of UN Context and Gender Equality:
Technical and Professional Competencies:
- Possess detailed knowledge of the role of the UN and its components and UN Women’s mandate with the UN system. Has a detailed understanding of the Organization, funds and programs and the distinctions between them.
- Substantive knowledge of key UN topics.
- Competencies to support the supervision of evaluation staff in the evaluation of gender equality and women's human rights activities, projects and programmes.
Data Collection and Analysis:
- Ability to develop well-focused Terms of Reference that includes a complete background, addresses salient issues, and identifies potential impact, with minimal guidance.
- In-depth understanding of various methodologies in evaluation, both qualitative and quantitative, such as surveys, record reviews, focus groups and case studies and is able to contribute to the development of the most efficient and effective methodology for the design, with minimal guidance.
- In-depth understanding of various sampling techniques and their applications and is able to develop the most accurate sampling technique for the methodology.
- Grounded knowledge of how to address gender equality on evaluation design.
- Possesses the required competencies to collect reliable, valid and accurate information in an objective way.
- Masters effective interviewing skills and is able to conduct interviews independently.
- Deep understanding of questionnaire design and is able to develop questionnaires and other review instruments that will address issues identified in the design, independently.
- Has the skill to use programme data and documents and to design and conduct case studies independently.
- Is able to guide and direct junior staff in data collection and to ensure the data analysis addresses evaluation issues.
Oral and written communication:
- Substantive experience in conducting gender analysis; has grounded knowledge of gender equality and women’s human rights.
Evaluation Process Management:
- Ability to articulate relevant subject matter in a clear and concise way
- Pose basic questions and contribute information appropriately in formal settings
- Effectively use appropriate support items, including charts, graphs, audio-visual techniques, and hand-outs.
- Conceptualize ideas and issues during the evaluation reporting process
- Utilize critical thinking to formulate findings and recommendations based on the results of both qualitative and quantitative data, and the broader context of evaluation issues.
- Ability to develop clear, concise and compelling evaluation reports that meet UNEG reporting standards, with minimal guidance.
- Masters the skills of evaluation management, including developing a plan and schedule, assigning tasks, ensuring milestones are met on a timely basis, ensuring project costs are within and approved budget and ensuring evaluation objectives are adequately addressed.
- Independently assume responsibility for managing complex evaluation projects and to supervise evaluation team members.
- Exercises effective negotiation skills with external partners on issues related to evaluations and conflict resolution skills.
- Acts according to the standards of ethical conduct for evaluators, including policies on receiving and giving gifts, conflicting financial interests, outside employment and activities, misuse of position, impartiality in performing official duties and related statutory authorities.
- Acts with integrity and honesty in relationships with all stakeholders.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
- Shares knowledge and experience
- Encourages office staff to share knowledge and contribute to UN Women practice areas
- Develops substantive knowledge of one or more Practice Areas
- Promotes a learning environment in the office
- Provides helpful feedback and advice to others in the office
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
- Ability to perform a variety of specialized activities related to HR management, including performance evaluation, learning and reporting.
- Strong IT skills
- Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new systems
Leadership and Self-Management:
- Focuses on result for the client
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
- Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
- Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree or equivalent in social science or related field, or combination of first level degree with relevant experience.
- Minimum of 5 years professional experience in evaluation;
- Background in international relations, proven knowledge of gender equality analytical work and programming, knowledge of current development issues;
- Experience working on gender equality and human rights;
- Proven field work experience;
- Experience related UN Women’s mandate and activities is an asset.
- Fluency in English
- Working knowledge in any other UN official language desirable.
Note: In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.
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