Evaluation Consultant, Rome, Italy

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: WFP Rome

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

Context and Background

The WFP Evaluation Policy 2016-2021 reaffirms WFP’s commitment to the value of evaluation in its performance management, accountability and learning systems, in compliance with the United Nations‘ evaluation principles, norms and standards.

The Evaluation Policy articulates a clear vision for WFP Evaluation Function as follows: ‚WFP’s contribution to ending global hunger is strengthened by evaluative thinking, behavior and systems embedded in its culture of accountability and learning.‘ WFP has selected a new model for its evaluation function, which combines centralized evaluation with demand-led decentralized evaluation, in line with Strategic Plan commitments and related organizational strengthening initiatives. This model implies: i) maintaining the high quality of WFP’s centralized evaluation function while applying a phased approach to developing a decentralized function over the life of this policy, with the Office of Evaluation (OEV) setting the framework of norms and standards, accountabilities and coverage; ii) enhancing capacity across WFP to meet stakeholders‘ requirements for accountability; and iii) strengthening its culture of learning, together with its partners, and facilitating evidence-based decision-making.

Within this context, the consultant is required to provide support and contributions to: i) strengthening of impartiality provisions and ethics; ii) updating of the evaluation consultant roster; iii) preparation of the evaluation policy review; iv) support to decentralized evaluations commissioned by Headquarters Divisions; v) WFP support to national evaluation capacity development; and vi) embedding of an effective evaluation culture and function throughout WFP.

Supervision: Overall supervision will be provided by the Deputy Director of Evaluation (with functional reporting to the Senior Evaluation Officer, Head of the Capacity & Quality Unit).

Within the delegated authority, the Staff will be responsible for the following duties: Responsibilities

Contribution to strengthening of impartiality provisions and ethics. The evaluation policy identified provisions to strengthen impartiality of decentralized evaluations. These now need to be further developed and pulled together in a coherent package of measures to be embedded in appropriate systems and processes. Similarly, the ongoing revision of the UNEG ethics guidance will need to be strategically reflected in the OEV ethics guidance and its appropriate implementation across all evaluations (centralized and decentralized) ensured.