Data collection and evaluation expert - Independent Country Programme Evaluation - Iraq

Location : Home-based (must be residing in Iraq), IRAQ
Application Deadline :20-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :30-50 days between February and July 2019


The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) carries out Independent Country Programme Evaluations (ICPEs) to assess UNDP’s contributions to national development results and evaluate the effectiveness of UNDP’s strategy. The purpose of the ICPEs is to: i) support the development of the next UNDP Country Programme Document, and ii) strengthen accountability of UNDP to national stakeholders and to the Executive Board.

In 2019, IEO will conduct 39 ICPEs, including Iraq. The IEO is hiring up to two Iraq based evaluators to support the data collection process.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Lead Evaluator and thematic experts, the consultants will:

  • conduct preliminary research and desk review of relevant documents provided by IEO for the assigned thematic area;
  • support the development of a data collection plan including the data collection instruments to be used and a list of key stakeholders for interviews;
  • collect, analyse and synthesize primary and secondary data for the assigned thematic area, through interviews and meetings (virtual or in person) with relevant UN staff, and key partners such as government counterparts, beneficiaries, local partners, civil society organisations, private sector and academia, to provide the core inputs for the outcome analysis paper;
  • support data collection activities for the assessment of the assigned thematic area and GEWE related issues as might be required;
  • participate and contribute to the team’s working sessions, including the analysis workshop and presentation of preliminary evaluation findings to the UNDP country office in Iraq at the end of the mission; and
  • contribute to the preparation of outcome analysis papers based on assigned areas for data collection. 


Functional competencies

  • Strong analytical skills, including ability to quickly assess a diverse range of information with a discerning sense for quality of data; and
  • Good mastery of information technology required for organized presentation of information.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Adhere to the principle of confidentiality and ethical code of conducts during the evaluation; Ability to work under pressure, multi-tasking skills; and
  • Available to travel and conduct required analysis within the agreed timelines; and Strong oral and written communication skills in English.

Corporate Competencies

  • Ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams, acting with professionalism, diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

Required Skills and Experience


  • A Master’s Degree in a field relevant to the assignment.

Professional Experience

  • Extensive experience in program evaluation and/or mastery of data collection techniques and methods, interviews particularly with communities, and quantitative and qualitative analysis; and
  • Experience in gender-sensitive programming and/or evaluation is a must.

Other knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge of the Iraq context, development issues and challenges;
  • Availability to travel and focus on the evaluation as required to meet deliverable deadlines within the agreed timeframe; and
  • Excellent proven oral and drafting skills in English, with excellent analysis and synthesis skills.


  • English;
  • Ability to work in Arabic and/or Kurdish

Application Instructions

Applicants are invited to upload as one combined document the following documents to the UNDP Jobs site:

  • CV in the format known as  P11;
  • A completed Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Form that indicates your daily rate for this consultancy;
  • A short cover letter that highlights previous experience in evaluation and data collection, preferably in Iraq and any experience related to the UNDP areas of work: stablisation, emergency livelihoods, governance and energy and environment.

Candidates not sending any of the requested information will be disqualified. Please note that the system can only accept one uploaded document therefore all documents must be combined into a single document for upload.


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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