Director, Evaluation Office, New York

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: United States

City: New York, USA

Office: UNICEF New York

Grade: D-2

Closing date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Director, Evaluation (D-2), New York Headquarters

Job no: 535895

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Operations

School/Unit: Evaluation Office

Department/Office: Evaluation Office, New York

Categories: D-2, Senior Leadership Vacancies

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent over 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, dedication

The Director of Evaluation reports directly to the Executive Director and heads the Evaluation Office that is functionally independent within the organization. The Directorof Evaluation enables organizational learning, accountability and performance improvement by spearheading intellectual and organizational leadership and strategic guidance for UNICEF. The Director leads and manages the staff of the Evaluation Office, and is accountable for the performance of the Office.

The Director of Evaluation sets the vision for the effective governance of the evaluation function and leads on all aspects of evaluation policy and practice, in particular the establishment of guiding norms and standards; the maintenance of topical or thematic coverage; the proper application of technical methods and quality assurance processes; and the definition of roles and responsibilities including standard operating procedures. He/she leads the development of the evaluation function; facilitates its resourcing; and manages evaluation partnerships with key networks and organizations. The Director will also manage inter-agency collaboration and other partnerships related to the evaluation function. The Director is also an advocate for the uptake and use of evaluation results.

How can you make a difference?

Summary of key functions:

Oversee the implementation of the evaluation policy, set performance standards for evaluation across UNICEF and monitoring achievement against those standards; provide an independent report annually to the Executive Board on the implementation of the evaluation policy; propose updates to the evaluation policy as necessary;
Prepare and periodically revise the plan for global evaluations, lay out strategic priorities for evaluation, identify major corporate thematic evaluations to be undertaken independently by the Evaluation Office, and ensure adequate resources for the implementation of the plan and for support to the funding of evaluations and evaluation capacity development throughout the organization;
Design, commission and manage independent corporate evaluations that meet international standards for best practices and ensure the timely dissemination of the results for action by management and other stakeholders;
Establish a comprehensive assessment system to gauge the performance of the evaluation function and the quality and coverage of UNICEF evaluations undertaken throughout the organization; ensure that evaluations at all levels meet the standards set out in the evaluation policy; maintain systems to monitor and report on management responses to evaluation recommendations and comprehensive databases to facilitate public access to all UNICEF evaluations and management responses; inform the Executive Director and the UNICEF Global Management Team, staff and UNICEF stakeholders about relevant and useful evaluation results;
Promote the use of evaluations and knowledge management for evaluation, including through innovative approaches;
Promote strategies and systems to build internal evaluation capacity, including the technical review of candidates for evaluation positions; provide guidance and support to offices in designing and staffing the function and to staff in long-term career development; and implement strategies to enhance the professionalization of the function;
Develop and share innovative approaches and methodologies for evaluation work, particularly methods for improving the timeliness of evaluations;
Promote partnerships, especially by promoting the national ownership and leadership of evaluation activities; support global partnerships and networks and working through them to support innovation and evaluation capacity development; engage with UNEG to harmonize evaluation norms and practices and to build United Nations evaluation capacity; and contribute to United Nations system-wide evaluations.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

Advanced university degree in social sciences, or related disciplines such as development planning, political science, economics, public administration, research and statistics, or other related fields.

At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in evaluation, monitoring or research, and management, of which at least 10 years in a senior position in leading, managing and conducting evaluations or in leading and managing similar processes involving monitoring or institutional assessment.

State of the art knowledge of evaluation principles and methods. Proven track records as an evaluator/social science researcher of humanitarian and development operations and humanitarian response. Demonstrated expertise of evaluation standards, norms and good practices as practiced by professional groups such as the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development/Development Assistance Committee (OECD/DAC), Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) and other relevant professional networks.

Prior experience at the international level, in multilateral contexts or within the United Nations system.

Strong management and leadership skills, with proven track record in empowering people to achieve results.

Excellent interpersonal, networking and partnership skills to work in harmony in a multicultural environment.

Understanding of and, preferably, familiarity with the technical areas in international development and humanitarian action relevant to UNICEF’s mandate.

A track record in strategic and global thinking, fostering innovation and managing risk.

Strong communication skills with the capacity to succinctly convey ideas and advocate for organizational positions.

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.

For every child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA), and

Core competencies:

Builds and maintains partnerships

Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness

Innovates and embraces change

Drive to achieve results for impact

Manages ambiguity and complexity

Thinks and acts strategically

Nurtures, leads and manages people

Works collaboratively with others

View our competency framework Competency Framework Brochure.pdf


The Director of the Evaluation is appointed by the Executive Director for a term of five years, renewable once for a maximum of five years, and is barred from re-entry into the organization after the expiry of his/her term.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: Nov 02 2020 Eastern Standard Time Application close: Nov 23 2020 Eastern Standard Time