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Career Opportunities: Evaluation Officer (Impact Evaluation) - P4

Evaluation Officer (impact Evaluation), P4 – Rome, Italy

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill the position of Evaluation Officer at the P4 level, based in the Office of Evaluation at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy. This position will specialise in Impact Evaluation and requires a high level of evaluation expertise.

As a major part of WFP’s accountability framework, evaluations assess the performance and results of policies, strategies, country portfolios, programmes and activities of WFP for accountability and learning to inform future direction. The Evaluation Policy 2016-2021 aims to strengthen WFP’s contribution to ending global hunger by embedding evaluation into the heart of WFP culture, ensuring evidence-based decision making in policies and programmes. In the coming period, WFP’s Office of Evaluation (OEV) will maintain its work on a variety of complex evaluations with continued innovation and improvement in evaluation quality and relevance. The Director of Evaluation reports to the Executive Director and is independent in selection, supervision and reporting on centralized evaluations to WFP’s Executive Board. At the same time, OEV will play a leading role in embedding the standards, guidance and systems necessary for high quality decentralized evaluation, aiming for comprehensive and systematic evaluation coverage and increasing use of strategic evaluation partnerships.

This job will provide independent evaluation evidence and contribute to embedding an effective evaluation culture and function throughout WFP. The Evaluation Officer will be expected to lead staff working on one or more key work-streams as well as managing directly the most complex and/or sensitive evaluations. Work streams will be designated taking account of the successful candidate’s particular knowledge, skills and experience.

Reporting to the Director of Evaluation, the Evaluation Officer (Impact Evaluation) will be responsible for the following key accountabilities:

Manage impact evaluation processes and budgets from preparation and design through to completion to ensure the production of independent, credible evidence that meets high professional standards in line with UN norms and standards and codes of conduct for evaluation in the UN system, embodied in WFP’s Evaluation Quality Assurance System (EQAS).
Source, hire and supervise external consultants to ensure the production of impact evaluations that meet EQAS requirements.
Engage stakeholder groups, both internal and external to WFP, appropriately in the evaluation process and manage communications.
Contribute to application of the normative framework, quality support, assessment mechanisms and reporting on decentralized evaluation.
Provide additional specialist Quality Support advice to decentralized impact evaluations in supplement to the standardized advice provided by OEV’s outsourced Quality Support Service for decentralized evaluations.
Finalize the draft WFP strategy for impact evaluation and update as necessary in future years, including strategy for achieving each of the four outcomes of the WFP Evaluation Policy specifically in relation to impact evaluation.
Identify and build external partnerships with organizations specializing in impact evaluation.
Promote WFP’s evaluation culture of accountability and learning through analyzing evidence and lessons; preparation of syntheses and summaries of evaluation findings and recommendations; and prepare presentations of these, tailoring messages to specific audiences and platforms, and working with internal and external stakeholders to enhance learning from and use of evaluation evidence in policy, programme and project design.
Act as focal point within Office of Evaluation for impact evaluation, keeping abreast of relevant developments in that technical area and providing relevant evaluation advice and feedback.
Participate and represent Office of Evaluation in external professional forums and networks and internal collaboration on impact evaluation issues.
Participate in WFP internal evaluation expertise groups to enable sharing of experience and development of good practice.
Manage junior staff members, providing coaching and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications & Experience Required
Advanced University degree in Economics, Social or Political Science, International Development, Evaluation, or other fields related to food security or humanitarian food assistance, or First University degree with two additional years of relevant work experience from the minimum experience requirement stated below.

Eight years of more (of which at least four international) of postgraduate professional experience both in the field and in Headquarters in international development or humanitarian work, evaluation and/or policy studies with progressively increasing responsibilities.
Minimum 5 years’ specific and first-hand experience in managing and/or conducting impact evaluation (under time and financial constraints) in diverse humanitarian and/or development contexts.
Experience in developing evaluation strategy and guidance.
Proven experience in leading and motivating multi-disciplinary teams, including highly-skilled technical experts.vised professional staff.
Demonstrated ability to communicate knowledge and skills effectively and conduct remote coaching.
Technical Skills & Knowledge:
In-depth and up-to-date understanding of global geo-political issues relevant to WFP’s mandate and the evaluation mandate.
In-depth knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods and ability to guide others in selecting them.
Familiarity with policy and practice debates on impact evaluation.
Strong understanding of competencies, skills and methodologies required to conduct robust and credible impact evaluation.
Advanced skills in listening, influencing and interpreting evaluation evidence, management information, etc. and ability to deliver independent and credible evaluations.
Excellent research and analytical and communication skills.

Ability to assimilate and analyse complex issues using independent judgement and guide other staff in their analysis.
Ability to define and adapt an evaluation function to support and align with WFP’s strategic goals.
Ability to think strategically and apply a high level of analytical skills to bridge macro perspectives and operational issues.

Written and oral proficiency (level C) in English and at least intermediate knowledge (level B) of another UN official language (Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian or Chinese) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages).

Non-Rotational Nature
Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. This position is however classified as “non-rotational” which means the incumbent shall not be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as rotational.

Terms and Conditions
Selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details please visit


Deadline for applications: 07 August 2016

Please note: This vacancy announcement may be used for other analogous positions that are approved for external recruitment.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are encouraged to apply.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

REF: 16-0021376
VA n. 59602

Organisation UN World Food Programme

Country Italy