Evaluation Specialist, New York, United States

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: USA

City: New York

Office: UNDP New York, USA

Closing date: Thursday, 26 January 2023

Job Identification : 7821

Locations : New York, United States

Posting Date : 01/19/2023, 03:48 PM

Apply Before : 01/26/2023, 04:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : P3

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Practice Area : Management

Bureau : Independent Evaluation Office

Independent office

Independent Evaluation Office

Contract Duration : 2 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree - 5 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Mobility required/no mobility

mobility required

Job Description


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP 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.

Background and Organizational Context

The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) works to enhance the development effectiveness of UNDP. IEO’s work is guided by the UNDP Evaluation Policy and the Norms and Standards of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG). The IEO contributes to UNDP’s organizational accountability and learning by conducting strategic, independent evaluations and setting standards and guidelines on evaluation for the organization.

The IEO has four Workstreams: Country Programme Evaluation; Corporate and Thematic Evaluation; Capacity Development and Decentralized Evaluation; and Knowledge and Data Management.

Position Purpose

The post is located within the Country Programme Evaluation Workstream of the IEO. The Evaluation Specialist is responsible for conducting, managing, and overseeing independent country programme evaluations (ICPEs), which are implemented for UNDP program countries and territories around the globe at the penultimate year of a country programme cycle. The ICPEs feed into the development of new Country Programme Documents and strategies by programme units, by providing a set of evidence-based findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The Evaluation Specialist reports to the Chief of Country Programme Evaluation. He/she may be also asked to support the Chiefs of other Workstreams and IEO Directorate to support the Office’s smooth and efficient delivery of its Programme of Work.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead or support evaluations that are impartial, independent, and credible.

Carry out evaluations of programmes, policies and cross-cutting themes.

Effectively coordinate evaluations conducted by staff members and consultants.

Promote evaluations that meet high professional standards in line with the UNDP Evaluation Policy and UN Evaluation Norms & Standards.

Keep abreast of developments in the area of evaluation.

Apply up-to-date evaluation techniques and approaches.

Collaborate with other UN evaluation units and professional evaluation bodies

Ensure that evaluations are useful, and support follow-up of evaluation findings and recommendations.

Report on recommendations and lessons learned drawn from evaluations.

Organize meetings, workshops and other discussion forum to establish a dialogue on evaluation results.

Advocate for the use of evaluation results in the design and appraisal of strategies, policies and projects/programmes

Promote the evaluation function in the Organization.

Contribute to the development and review of policies, guidance, systems, procedures and tools related to evaluation

Support evaluation capacity development initiatives within the office.

Contribute to methodological improvement of and support to decentralized evaluations.

Support the effective deployment of human and financial resources of IEO.

Plan evaluations and prepare budgets for individual evaluations.

Manage effectively and efficiently the use of resources for evaluations.

Select evaluation consultants based on post requirements.

Supervise evaluation consultants.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Lead or support evaluation teams, comprising consultants and staff, in the data collection, analysis, and reporting on UNDP country office results and performance, using established evaluation criteria and methods.


Core Competencies - UNDP Core Competencies can be found .

Achieve Results - Level 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively - Level 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously - Level 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility - Level 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination - Level 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner - Level 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion - Level 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management Competencies

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found .

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business Direction and Strategy

System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system

Business Development

Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant to context, or responsive to a stated need

Collective Intelligence Design: Ability to bring together diverse groups of people, data, information or ideas, and technology to design services or solutions

Business Management:

Project Management: Ability to plan, organise, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communications methods depending on the audience.

Digital Awareness and Literacy: Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use then as needed.

Working with Evidence and Data: Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making.


Professional Foundations:

Possesses a deep understanding and updated knowledge of evaluation ethics and UNEG Norms and Standards, with the ability to uphold ethics, maintain independence and impartiality under pressure.

Ability to critically analyze current issues in evaluation practice and theory; with excellent knowledge of human rights and gender equality, and is able to ensure that evaluation design, questions and analysis incorporate this knowledge in all settings.

Technical Evaluation Skills:

Possess knowledge of various types of theories of change and logic models and is able use a systems approach in order to identify, recreate and facilitate the development of theories of change and logic models for complex programmes, policies and initiatives; in order to facilitate evaluative thinking among stakeholders

Ability to develop high-quality terms of references for complex evaluations, demonstrating a strong ability to prioritize and focus evaluation questions

Demonstrates capabilities in elaborating designs for complex evaluations, drawing on existing best practices as well as developing innovative approaches

Excellent evaluation methods knowledge, including the ability to apply and interpret a range of evaluation methods and approaches, both quantitative and qualitative, ensuring that appropriate evaluation data collection and analysis methods are used. Understands and ensures the appropriate use of multiple and mixed methods.

Capable of analyzing data from diverse sources, identifying key trends and gaps in information, being able to ensure that data and information used in evaluations are appropriate, accurate, of high quality and collected and analyzed from an ethical perspective.

Possess strong analytical skills, with an ability to elaborate credible findings, with evidence traced through the analysis into findings, which are then placed within their context. Uses analytical skills to synthesize data where relevant, and identifies unintended results.

Has excellent reporting skills, with highly credible conclusions substantiated by evidence; and generating clear, realistic and feasible recommendations.

Management skills

Determine the scope of an evaluation and develop mechanisms to implement the evaluation;
Develop a realistic work plan for a complex evaluation, adjust the work plan as needed, and to effectively oversee the budgeting and use of evaluation resources;
Coordinate and supervise complex evaluation processes;
Identify, manage and solve conflicts, drawing out lessons learned from challenging situations.

Promoting a culture of learning from evaluation

Possesses knowledge of, and the ability to, communicate to stakeholders the value of evaluation to policy and programming in the achievement of the SDGs.

Proactively contributes to dissemination in order to ensure the use of findings to inform future programme and policy decisions.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s Degree or equivalent in Social Science, Public Policy, International Relations, Economics, Political Science, or other fields closely relating to UNDP’s programming and operations.


A minimum of 5 years of experience in both the conduct and management of evaluation.

Knowledge of current international development issues.

Experience in working with various evaluation methodologies, approaches and designs.

Experience in the use of computers and office software packages,

Experience in handling web-based management systems.

Working language is English. Ability to write and communicate clearly is required, Fluency in other official UN languages (e.g., French and Spanish) is advantageous.

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.


Important information for US Permanent Residents (‚Green Card‘ holders)

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UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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