The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill six (6) positions of Regional Evaluation Officer, at the P4 level, one based in each of the six WFP Regional Bureaus (Bangkok – Asia and the Pacific Region; Cairo – Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia; Dakar – West Africa; Nairobi – Eastern and Central Africa; Johannesburg – Southern Africa; Panama – Latin American and Caribbean). This is a specialist position and requires a high level of evaluation expertise.
As a major part of WFP’s accountability framework, evaluations assess the performance and results of WFP’s policies, strategies, programmes, and activities 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 core of its culture, ensuring evidence-based decision making in all its work.
This position will support the Regional Director and regional and country office colleagues in meeting their responsibilities and accountabilities under the Evaluation Policy. The Regional Evaluation Officer will be expected to lead the development and implementation of the regional evaluation strategy; and will provide technical advice, quality support and coaching on evaluation across the Region, ensuring consistent application of the Evaluation Policy (2016 – 2021). Collaborating closely with WFP’s complementary monitoring function, the job holder will provide guidance and support to Monitoring & Evaluation Officers, or focal points across the region.
Reporting to the Regional Director or Deputy Regional Director, and functionally to the Director of Evaluation, the Regional Evaluation Officer will be responsible for the following key accountabilities:
- Develop and implement regional evaluation strategy to ensure timely and effective decentralized evaluation planning and resourcing to meet Evaluation Policy coverage norms; engage with RMEAs, Country Offices (COs), and Office of Evaluation (OEV) to support appropriate planning and budgeting for decentralized evaluations; ensure complementarity with regional and project monitoring strategies; and complementarity with centralized evaluations.
- Support Regional Bureau (RB) and Country Director (CD) Management to operationalize at regional and country levels consistent application of the Evaluation Policy provisions and normative framework, especially on impartiality and quality assurance. Acts as Secretariat to the Regional Evaluation Committee, and focal point for collaboration between the central Office of Evaluation and the region.
- Promote WFP’s evaluation culture of accountability and learning and working with internal and external stakeholders to enhance learning from and use of evaluation evidence in policy, programme and strategies design through analysing evaluation lessons and working with internal and external stakeholders in design stage of Country Strategic Plans and programme design. Supports the development of regional thematic lessons learned from decentralized evaluations.
- Manage complex or sensitive regional and/or country level decentralized evaluations to high professional standards, when all other evaluation management options are unavailable.
- Provide direct quality support to decentralized evaluations manged by Country Offices and ensure appropriate use of quality support advisory services.
- Lead implementation of the corporate comprehensive learning programme on evaluation in the region and advise and coach colleagues on technical evaluation issues and management of DE’s. Participate in WFP evaluation expertise groups and the evaluation Community of Practice.
- Support Country Offices and regional colleagues in accessing appropriate evaluation expertise for decentralized evaluations and proactively identify qualified evaluation service in the region.
- Ensures that all decentralized evaluation reports are posted on the internet. In partnership with the Regional Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor, organises M&E network meetings and contributes to the preparation of the Global Evaluation Meeting and other corporate, regional and country levels relevant initiatives.
- Monitors and reports on key performance indicators for the decentralized evaluation function in close collaboration with Office of Evaluation’s Management Information System requirements
- Represents WFP in inter-agency forums on evaluation issues and in professional evaluation networks to develop strategic relationships, support joint evaluations in the region and contribute to strengthen national evaluation systems as appropriate
- 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.
- Other as required.
Qualifications & Experience Required
- Advanced University degree in International Development, Economics, Social Science, or other relevant fields, OR first University degree with two additional years of relevant work experience from the minimum experience requirement stated below
- Eight (8) years or more (of which at least four (4) are international) of postgraduate professional experience both in the field and in Headquarters in international development or humanitarian work, evaluation and monitoring or assessment and/or policy studies with progressively increasing responsibilities.
- Minimum four (4) years’ experience in managing and/or conducting broad and complex evaluation processes in areas of relevance to WFP.
- Design and implementation of new policies, processes, and monitoring and evaluation systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian assistance and development cooperation.
- Proven experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams.
- Familiarity with the region applied for or in similar contexts.
- Familiarity with WFP’s work would be a desirable asset, but is not required.
- For the position based in Regional Bureau Panama – Latin America and the Caribbean, experience in middle-income countries is highly desirable.
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.
- Broad and authoritative knowledge of diverse evaluation practices, concepts, and principles.
- Advanced skills in listening, influencing, and interpreting evaluation evidence, management information, etc. and ability to deliver independent, credible, and useful evaluations.
- High calibre of communication skills with the ability to create clear, influential messages from complex data, using a variety of communication platforms (verbally and in writing).
- Broad knowledge of internal and external best practices and partnerships to develop and implement optimal evaluation arrangements.
- 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 and monitoring systems.
- Ability to think strategically and apply analytical skills to bridge macro perspectives and operational issues.
- Fluency in oral and written English with an intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages).
- Professional fluency in French is a requirement for the position based in RBD – Senegal
- Professional fluency in Spanish is a requirement for the position based in RBP – Panama
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