Evaluation Officer, Johannesburg, South Africa

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: South Africa

City: Johannesburg, South Africa

Office: WFP Johannesburg

Grade: NO-B

Closing date: Friday, 23 October 2020

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.

ABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide 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.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year. The World Food Programme office in Johannesburg is a Regional Office coordinating and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to 11 Southern Africa countries including, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Malawi, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville.

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ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) and Country Offices (COs). Job holders in HQ report to the Division Director or the designate. Job holders in the field report to the Regional/Country Director or the designate.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Development Economics, International Development, Economics, Monitoring and evaluation or other relevant field, or First University degree with an additional 2 years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of French will be an asset.

Experience:

Minimum of three years of relevant professional work experience in Monitoring and Evaluation activities.

Experience using variety of quantitative and qualitative evaluation and research methodology/designs as well as analytical tools and methods.

Experience in humanitarian or development contexts, including in areas covered by WFP work (food security, nutrition, education/school health and nutrition, climate adaption etc) will be an asset.

Experience in working with national evaluation capacity development supply-side organisations and national and regional M&E associations will be an asset

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Evaluation Officer at the Regional Bureau Johannesburg will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Evaluation Officer (REO), providing support and oversight to country offices in all evaluation related work. He/she is also expected to contribute to the development and implementation of Monitoring, Review and Evaluation Plans aligned to WFP corporate standards to generate quality evidence on the results achieved (including impact on the lives of beneficiaries) and inform policy, strategy and Programme design and implementation. This includes providing technical support and quality assurance, delivering trainings on monitoring and evaluation approaches (both qualitative and quantitative), and positioning WFP as a reliable partner for governments and other actors in building monitoring and evaluation national capacities. Under the guidance and direct supervision of the evaluation officer and in close coordination with other RB staff in the functions mentioned above, the Evaluation Officer will act as the focal point within the evaluation unit on all issues related to data analysis, including analysis of use of existing data to inform evaluation design, data extraction from corporate and external systems, analysis and presentation of data collected by evaluations. The evaluation officer will also be the RB focal point on impact evaluation.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Contribute to the management of evaluation processes and budgets to support 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).

Assist in sourcing, hiring and supervising external consultants to ensure the production of evaluations that meet EQAS requirements.

Engage with stakeholder groups, both internal and external to WFP, appropriately in the evaluation process and manage communications.

Support WFP’s evaluation culture of accountability and learning through analysis of evaluation evidence and lessons; preparation of syntheses and/or summaries of evaluation findings and recommendations; and contribute to preparing presentations of these, adapting messages to specific audiences and platforms.

Work with internal and external stakeholders to enhance learning from and use of evaluation evidence in policy, programme and project design.

Analyse responses and actions taken by management in implementing evaluation recommendations in policy, strategy, programme and/or project design and support provision of clarification/advice on evaluated issues.

Support application of the normative framework, quality support and assessment mechanisms and reporting on decentralized evaluation.

Keep abreast of methodological developments in evaluation, and contribute to the development of evaluation methodologies and tools to support continuous improvement in evaluation processes.

Liaise and collaborate with the counterparts form other UN organizations as well as professional evaluation bodies to discuss common monitoring and evaluation issues.

Participate in WFP internal evaluation expertise groups and contribute to the sharing of experience and development of good practices.

Other as required

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.

Be a force for positive change: Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.

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Make the mission inspiring to our team: Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.

Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.

People

Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.

Create an inclusive culture: Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.

Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.

Create an ‚I will‘/‘We will‘ spirit: Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios).

Performance

Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.

Focus on getting results: Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.

Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.

Be Decisive: Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.

Partnership

Connect and share across WFP units: Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning.

Build strong external partnerships: Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships.

Be politically agile & adaptable: Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations.

Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Strategic Management

Applies understanding of humanitarian and development actions in different contexts and understanding of monitoring requirements and/or the evaluation mandate to identify and recommend improvements to WFP’s guidance, systems, and tools for monitoring and/or evaluation.

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 & inter-agency) of a variety of WFP programmes, processes or policies to WFP monitoring and/or evaluation quality standards.

Qualitative/Quantitative Methodology

Applies in-depth understanding of developing practice in analytical approaches, methods and tools for an appropriate mix to deliver quality monitoring results or complex evaluations on diverse topics relevant to WFP’s strategic and operational results frameworks.

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 consistent ability to assess the relevance and quality of evidence from a wide range of WFP and external sources and to deepen independent and balanced analysis of complex internal and external drivers of WFP performance in the wider geo-political and policy environment.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

Has inter-agency experience working as a Monitoring and/or evaluation officer.

Developed a high-performing team and managed effective monitoring and evaluationoperations at a country level.

Participated in defining the strategic direction and objectives of the monitoring and evaluationfunction.

CONTRACTUAL INFORMATION

This is a 1 Year Renewable Fixed Term Contract

Net monthly salary range: R55,590.00 to R67,943.00

Benefits: 30 DAYS Annual Leave, Pension & Medical Insurance

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Friday, 23 October 2020, 11h59 Johannesburg time.

This position is only open to South African Nationals

Qualified female applicants 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.