WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.
Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.
Are you an Evaluation Officer interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger?
Would you like to join WFP, a highly reputable organisation bringing positive change to lives of people affected by hardships?
Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people?
If your answer is yes, then this is a great opportunity for you to become an integral member of a diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to beneficiary assistance.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.
With more than 18,000 colleagues worldwide, WFP works to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.
The evaluation function plays a key role in strengthening WFP’s contribution to ending global hunger. As outlined in WFP Evaluation Policy, the Evaluation Function aims to embed evaluation into the heart of an organizational culture of accountability and learning, ensuring that evaluation is planned for, and evaluation findings are comprehensively incorporated into all WFP’s policies, strategies and programmes.
Evaluations provide WFP decision-makers and all stakeholders with independent assessment of results for accountability and learning and enable WFP to better respond to the needs and expectations of the populations it serves.
The evaluation function is an integral, complementary yet distinct element of WFP’s oversight and performance management system.
To respond to its Strategic Plan commitments and related organizational strengthening initiatives, WFP adopted a model for its evaluation function, which combines centralized evaluation with demand-led decentralized evaluation.
This model requires a strongly integrated function across WFP.
We are seeking to fill the Regional Evaluation Officer, at the P4 level, to be based in WFP Regional Bureau in Panama covering Latin American and Caribbean.
This is a specialist position and requires a high level of evaluation expertise. Equivalent positions in other WFP Regional Bureaux may be filled through this selection process.
This position will support the Regional Director and regional and country office colleagues in meeting their responsibilities and accountabilities under the Evaluation Policy.
and will provide technical advice, quality support and coaching on evaluation across the Region, ensuring consistent application of the Evaluation Policy.
Collaborating closely with WFP’s complementary monitoring function, the job holder will provide guidance and support to CO Monitoring & Evaluation Officers, or focal points across the region.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
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 :
Engage with the Regional Monitoring Adviser to ensure complementarity with regional monitoring strategies.
engage with Country Offices (COs), Regional Advisers and the Office of Evaluation (OEV) to identify key evidence gaps, define regional priorities for generating evidence and ensure complementarity planning of centralized and decentralized evaluations.
Technical support and oversight
This includes ensuring appropriate use of corporate DE support mechanisms managed by OEV; resolving arising issues and seeking further advice from OEV when required.
monitor and report on key performance indicators for the decentralized evaluation function.
Evaluation Capacity and Staffing
organizing in collaboration with the RMA, regional M&E workshops, country office level training tailored to regional / country-specific learning needs, or facilitating access to external evaluation training courses or events.
Evaluation use and Advocacy
Strategic Management : Utilizes up-to-date understanding of humanitarian and development actions in different contexts and knowledge of global geo-political issues, monitoring requirements and / or the evaluation mandate to enhance existing approaches, systems and processes to monitoring and / or evaluation that suit WFP’s strategic and operational needs.
Performance Management : Demonstrates thorough understanding of WFP’s performance management system and ability to manage resources and relationships to lead monitoring actions or deliver complex evaluations (including joint & interagency) of a variety of WFP programmes, processes or policies to WFP monitoring and / or evaluation quality standards.
Qualitative / Quantitative Methodology : Oversees and provides guidance to others in the selection and application of high quality, credible, analytical approaches and qualitative and quantitative methods appropriate to monitoring and review requirements and / or evaluation needs across WFP at different levels.
Technical Communication : Able to tailor and synthesize evaluation evidence and engage diverse internal and external stakeholders proactively in appropriate ways to maximize learning and use of evaluation concepts and evidence for improving WFP programme performance.
Analysis : Demonstrates advanced skills in listening, influencing and interpreting evaluation evidence, management information, partner relationships, and the wider geopolitical and policy environment to ensure the delivery of independent, credible and useful evaluations to improve WFP’s performance.
QUALIFICATIONS & KEY REQUIREMENTS
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) is required for all international professional positions with WFP.
Given this role is based in Panama, fluency in Spanish is required for this specific position. If you are fluent in French or Arabic, you are also highly encouraged to apply as other similar regional positions may be filled through this recruitment process.
TECHNICAL SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE
Is able to demonstrate to stakeholders the value of monitoring and evaluation for policy and programming in the achievements of the SDGs.
understands the value of Theory of Change (ToC).
Is able to validate data quality and ensure that data collection and analysis have been conducted ethically.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Mobility is, and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The 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.
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Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from Low- and Middle-Income countries are especially encouraged to apply.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Deadline to receive applications is Sunday, 06 December 2020, 11.59pm (CET)
Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV / AIDS status.
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.