Evaluation Officer, Rome, Italy

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Monday, 7 December 2020


Evaluation Officer

Job Posting: 02/Nov/2020

Closure Date: 07/Dec/2020, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : OED

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-4

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed term: 2 years with possibility of extension

Post Number : 0014222

CCOG Code : 1A02

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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.

FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position

FAO does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

The post is located in the Office of Evaluation (OED) at FAO headquarters. OED anchors the evaluation function in the Organization. Evaluation in FAO provides results accountability to both member countries and the Director-General, giving more in-depth understanding and objective basis for their decision-making and oversight. Evaluation also contributes to corporate learning, feeding lessons into a robust feedback loop. Evaluation provides a sound basis for improvements in the Organization’s programmes in terms of their relevance to countries, definition of objectives, their design and implementation. The Office also participates in system-wide evaluation initiatives, thereby contributing to assessments of development effectiveness by the UN system.The function may require extensive travel to the field.

Reporting Lines

The Evaluation Officer reports to the Director, OED.

Technical Focus

Thematic evaluations, country-level evaluations, methodological development and utilization of evaluations.

Key Results

Increased results accountability and lessons learning at the corporate and unit level.

Key Functions

Plans, designs and conducts OED evaluations ensuring submission of reports according to deadlines;
Manages evaluations conducted by consultants or commissioned to external institutions;
Conducts quality control or assure OED evaluations;
Takes measures to enhance the utilization as well as the national ownership of evaluations;
Participates in developing, enhancing and testing evaluation methodologies, determining their applicability in different contexts, and keeps abreast of latest developments;
Liaises with technical and operational departments to enhance the planning, design and utilization of OED evaluations;
Manages post-evaluation communications, including of lessons from evaluations and making them available to various stakeholders;
Performs other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced University degree in Economics, Agriculture, Social Science or a related field.

Seven years of relevant experience in conducting and managing development evaluations at the global, regional or country levels.

Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)


Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, is desirable.

Extent and relevance of experience in Africa is considered as an asset.

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Extent and relevance of experience in designing, planning, leading and conducting development evaluations.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in using evaluation methodologies. Particularly, knowledge of quantitative analysis, policy impact assessment or climate change programmes is considered as an asset.

Sound understanding of the functioning of UN agencies and the UN system is considered a strong asset.

Demonstrated analytical skills and ability to write clear and concise reports in English.

FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries allowances/salary.htm Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

Dependency allowances

Rental subsidy

Education grant for children

Home leave travel

30 working days of annual leave per year

Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

International health insurance; optional life insurance

Disability protection

FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:

elements of family-friendly policies

flexible working arrangements

standards of conduct.


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list;
Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
Incomplete applications will not be considered;
Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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