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Posting Title: ASSOCIATE EVALUATION OFFICER, P2

Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE EVALUATION OFFICER

Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 30 March 2022 – 28 April 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Management and Analysis-UN-HABITAT-176183-R-Nairobi (E)

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

Organisational Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. It is the focal point for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well governed, and efficient cities and other human settlements, with adequate housing, infrastructure and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy, and sanitation.

The UN-Habitat’s Office of the Executive Director (OED) provides leadership in urban agenda, setting to implement legislative mandates of UN-Habitat, ensure coherent delivery of the programme of work and management of resources in accordance with UN policies and procedures. This post is in the Office of the Executive Director, at the Nairobi duty Station. The Independent Evaluation Section has a mandate to coordinate and manage the evaluation function to serve three main organizational objectives of : (i) ensuring evaluations provide a basis for substantive accountability to UN-Habitat management, governing bodies, donors and other Habitat partners; (ii) contributing to enhanced learning, enabling the organization to improve and improving programmatic planning and implementation of current and future UN-Habitat policies, strategies, programmes/projects and processes; and (iii) contributing to evidence-based policy making. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Independent Evaluation Section, the incumbent will carry out the following responsibilities.

Responsibilities

1. Works with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.

2. Identifies issues that would lead to evaluation work planning items and provides inputs to the planning, conduct and reporting of evaluations of UN-Habitat operations, policies, strategies, themes, projects, programmes and ensuring that evaluations conducted are in conformity with UN norms and standards for evaluation;

3. Supports coordination of evaluation functions at division, branch, regional and country levels.

4. Reviews and analyses emerging evaluation issues and trends and participates in evaluations or research activities and studies;

5. With significant guidance, assists in development of a well-focused evaluation Terms of Reference for conducting evaluations that include complete background, purpose, scope, evaluation approach and methodologies, evaluation questions, stakeholder involvement, evaluation management, deliverables and time schedules;

6. Provides substantive inputs in the preparation of evaluations products that would improve uptake of evaluations by different stakeholders, including evaluation briefs, newsletters, videos, guidance documents and ensuring they are systematically shared on internal and external electronic platforms of UN-Habitat;

7. Participates in survey initiatives; assists with design of data collection tools; collects reliable and accurate information in an objective way, reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares survey reports;

8. Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposed participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.

9. Ensures that the evaluation module, integrated in PAAS and the Evaluation Recommendations Tracking System are continuously monitored and updated and is able to generate reports from the system as and when they are needed to facilitate accountability, learning and programme improvement.

10. Review updates in the Integrated Planning, Monitoring and Reporting (IPMR) system for preparation of annual evaluation plans and evaluations of individual projects and programmes.

11. Develops innovative tools and technologies to deliver evaluative information to those that can use it, by synthesizing evaluation reports to get key messages and in appropriate formats to be shared with various audiences and key stakeholders of evaluations;

12. Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other evaluation meetings, workshops conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, preparation of documents and presentations;

13. Participates in field missions, including provision of substantive support, data collection, etc;

14.Contributed to updating the UN-Habitat Evaluation website;

15. Undertakes other assignments in support of the Independent Evaluation Unit to implement its work.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches of evaluation. Ability to identify issues, analyze and report concisely. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) business administration, information technology, computer sciences, statistics, management, economics or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible work experience in project/programme management, administration, evaluation or related area is required.

Experience in strategic planning, programme monitoring and evaluation is required.

Experience in devising and implementing evaluation mechanisms (e.g. public opinion surveys) to assess popular perceptions 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 desirable.

NOTE: “Fluency equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ” Knowledge of” equals a rating of ” confident” in two of the four areas.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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.

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.

Individual Contractors and Consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for or be appointed to any professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions, within six months of the

end of their current or most recent service. For such positions, at least six months need to have elapsed between the end of a consultancy or individual contract and the time of application and consideration for an appointment as a staff member under the Staff Rules and Regulations

of the United Nations.

Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of

qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect.

The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic

backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei

Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, 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, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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

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