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UNODC Jobs: Evaluation Officer 2021

Posting Title: Evaluation Officer (Capacity Development and Methodologies) – Temporary, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Duty Station: Vienna, Austria

Posting Period: 29 April 2021 – 19 May 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-Management and Analysis-UNODC-154451-J-Vienna (E)

Staffing Exercise: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This temporary post is located in the Independent Evaluation Section (IES) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. IES is functionally and operationally independent and located in the Office of the Executive Director (OED) of UNODC. IES ensures independent, timely and effective evaluations, in line with the standards and norms of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG), delivers capacity building, develops innovative evaluation methodologies and offers services related to evaluation knowledge management, innovation and communication. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of IES.

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Within assigned authority, the Evaluation Officer will plan, prepare, design and implement evaluation capacity development and related activities to strengthen the evaluation culture in UNODC, focusing in particular on evaluation capacity development, developing evaluation guidance materials and contributing to the knowledge management pillar of IES. The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:
•Guide and further develop UNODC’s evaluation capacity activities in line with best practices within and beyond UNEG, and provide substantive guidance and technical support to managers and staff in this regard, also in relation to the new web-based evaluation application (Unite Evaluations) and fully in line with the UNODC’s mandate of UNODC on countering drugs, crime and terrorism.
•Organize and participate in the strengthening of evaluation management capacity in UNODC through systematic capacity-building and tailored training for HQ and Field Offices, using, in particular, new and innovative tools (e.g. dedicated webinars, etc.).
•In close cooperation with the Evaluation Officer acting as Deputy Chief of IES, operationalise the revised UNODC Evaluation Policy (2021) in overseeing and implementing the revisions of all relevant UNODC Evaluation guidelines as well as the evaluation handbook, ensuring that they fully meet international best practices and the requirements of UNEG, considering also the COVID-19 context and the new System-wide Evaluation Policy in New York, and fully mainstreaming human rights and gender equality.
•In close cooperation with the Evaluation Officer acting as Deputy Chief of IES, develop guidance on new and innovative evaluation methods, guidelines, tools and approaches, fully responding to COVID-19, and considering, in particular, light and real-time evaluation approaches as well as fully learning from previous experiences and lessons learned in the management of UNODC evaluations.
•Develop and implement a dedicated capacity development plan for UNODC staff, with a particular focus on disseminating and training staff on the revised Evaluation Policy and related guidelines, handbooks, etc.
•In close cooperation with the Chief and the Evaluation Officer, support Member States to strengthen national evaluation capacity in line with the mandate contained in General Assembly resolution 69/237 and the 2030 Agenda.
•Participate in in-depth evaluations and backstop independent project evaluations by ensuring that evaluations are carried out in an impartial, objective and credible manner following UN standards and rules, including those provided by UNEG, as well as ensuring increased quality of the products of the Section.
•Identify best practices and lessons learned, promoting their use to improve UNODC programmes’ performance and contributing to the work of IES relating to knowledge management, innovation and communication.
•Support the Chief and Evaluation Officer acting as Deputy Chief of IES in the coordination and follow-up with Oversight Functions in the UN system (e.g. Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), etc.).
•Support the Chief and Evaluation Officer acting as Deputy Chief of IES in systematizing fund-raising efforts with the aim of building lasting relationships as well as attracting new donors.
•Provide substantive support and backstopping in the elaboration of the annual work-plan of the Section, specifically related to capacity development and knowledge management activities.
•Assume additional responsibilities regarding the work, outreach and strengthening of IES as and when requested.
•Liaise with UNEG as well as with leading international training institutions in the area of evaluation.
•Perform other work related duties as required and requested.


Professionalism: Has very good knowledge of international standards and practices in evaluation and respective evaluation methodologies and capacity development. Has proven experience in preparing, managing and conducting independent evaluations. Has in-depth knowledge of UN system evaluation standards and practices as well as UN reform processes. Has the ability to propose and formulate a strategic approach to evaluation capacity development and implementation of evaluation tools and guidelines within the overall framework of the relevant international instruments. Has readiness to take action on resolutions and decisions of intergovernmental bodies. Has extensive knowledge of technical cooperation and development assistance. Has good knowledge of the international crime, drugs and terrorism programme and policies. Has proven ability to plan and organize politically sensitive evaluations as well as other types of evaluations; has proven ability to elaborate effective evaluation approaches and to ensure that evaluation findings will enhance the learning and effectiveness of the programmes; has extensive experience in planning and conducting in-depth evaluations and in developing evaluation instruments with a variety of methodologies and their practical application. Has proven ability to produce evaluation reports and papers. Is able to review and edit the evaluation work of others.Has proven ability to support fundraising efforts. Has excellent drafting ability and communication skills in English, both oral and written. Has the ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of intergovernmental bodies. Has proven ability to communicate complex concepts in a clear, concise and meaningful way. Is able to demonstrate good judgment and initiative, imagination and resourcefulness, energy and tact. Is able to ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve the goals of the Section. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable; deals honestly and openly with issues and staff.


An advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in evaluation, social sciences, economics or other relevant discipline is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in evaluation at the international level, of which at least five years experience in implementing evaluation capacity development in an international environment is required.
Comprehensive experience in and knowledge of evaluation methodologies, policies, procedures and operations in an international organization or the United Nations system is required.
Experience in conducting and managing gender-sensitive and inclusive evaluations is required.
Experience in managing evaluations related to UNODC’s mandated areas of work is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language, in particular Spanish, is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This temporary position is expected to be available for 11 months. Filling of this temporary vacancy and actual duration is subject to availability of the post and funding.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

• Vienna is classified in the H category (family duty station).

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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