Young Professional Officer (Evaluation), Rome, Italy

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

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Sunday, 1 January 2023


Young Professional Officer (Evaluation)

Job Posting: 29/Nov/2022

Closure Date: 01/Jan/2023, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : Office of Evaluation (OED)

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : YPP (Young Professionals Programme)

Grade Level : P-1

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed term: 2 years with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2008738

CCOG Code : 1A02

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 Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values

FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialized agency that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. To this end, FAO is working to build more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems. Its independent Office of Evaluation (OED) conducts evaluations of FAO strategies, initiatives, programmes and projects at the global, regional and national levels for learning and accountability purposes. OED is led by a Director who reports to the FAO Governing Bodies and to the Director-General. Evaluations in FAO aim to provide credible, useful evidence to inform decisions (such as policy, programmatic, and operational decisions) to help FAO achieve its mission. OED values candidates who are highly motivated to excel and wish to join OED colleagues in contributing to generate knowledge useful to FAO and its Members. Join us in creating a world without hunger and poverty.

Reporting Lines The Young Professional Officer (Evaluation) will work under the direct supervision of an Evaluation Officer.

Technical Focus The Young Professional Officer (Evaluation) will contribute to evaluations through quantitative research, data collection and analysis. OED encourages the use of advanced quantitative and data analytic techniques to analyse structured and unstructured data.

Key Results Successfully supported/contributed to programme and project evaluations.

Key Functions

Conduct data analysis and produce statistics;
Collect data and maintain databases;
Provides technical support to various projects;
Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars etc.;
Participates in the organization and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners;
Perform other related duties as required.

Specific Functions The specific functions of this position in evaluation are to:

Participate actively and productively in multidisciplinary evaluation teams, often with internal and external partners.

Apply rigorous analytic thinking to analyse data, interpret the resulting statistics and generate effective visualizations.

Contribute to analyses of FAO’s portfolio of work to inform evaluation designs, leveraging data analytic techniques to analyse large amounts of structured and unstructured data.

Produce data, code and documentation files to facilitate quality assurance, replication and use.

Collaborate in developing tools to monitor FAO’s portfolio, such as developing dashboards and visualizations.

Support research and evaluations across FAO’s portfolio of emergency, resilience, and development projects and programmes


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in a social science field (such as economics, sociology, or psychology), data science, statistics, survey methods, evaluation, or other closely related fields.

One year of experience in evaluation or in using data science techniques in support of research or evaluation.

Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Extent and relevance of experience in quantitative data analyses.

Proven expertise in data science, statistics, or survey methods.

Extent of knowledge/familiarity with evaluation methodologies.

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

NB Please note that candidates should be 32 years of age or younger as of 31 December of the year of application.

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


Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds

FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative targeted at talented, qualified young professionals who are mainly nationals of non- or underrepresented members. Priority consideration will be given to candidates from Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and developing countries in general, to start a career as an international civil servant with FAO.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: 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

Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

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

Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application

Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered

Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile

We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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