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Jobs at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Jobs at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Jobs at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Jobs at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the world’s environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the environment.

Evaluation Consultant for Terminal Evaluation of the UNEP/GEF Projects

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES.

In close consultation with the Evaluation Manager, the Evaluation Consultant will be responsible for the overall management of the Evaluation and timely provision of its outputs, data collection and analysis, and report writing. More specifically, the Evaluation Specialist will undertake the following:

Inception phase of the Evaluation, including:

  • preliminary desk review and introductory interviews with project staff;
  • draft the reconstructed Theory of Change of the project;
  • prepare the evaluation framework;
  • develop the desk review and interview protocols;
  • draft the survey protocols (if relevant);
  • develop and present criteria for country and/or site selection for the evaluation mission;
  • plan the evaluation schedule;
  • prepare the Inception Report, incorporating comments until approved by the Evaluation Manager

Data collection and analysis phase of the Evaluation, including:

  • conduct further desk review and in-depth interviews with project implementing and executing agencies, project partners and project stakeholders;
  • (where appropriate and agreed) conduct an evaluation mission(s) to selected countries, visit the project locations, interview project partners and stakeholders, including a good representation of local communities. Ensure independence of the Evaluation and confidentiality of evaluation interviews.
  • regularly report back to the Evaluation Manager on progress and inform of any possible problems or issues encountered; and
  • keep the Project/Task Manager informed of the evaluation progress.

Reporting phase, including:

  • draft the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that the evaluation report is complete, coherent and consistent with the Evaluation Manager guidelines both in substance and style;
  • liaise with the Evaluation Manager on comments received and finalize the Main Evaluation Report, ensuring that comments are taken into account until approved by the Evaluation Manager
  • prepare a Response to Comments annex for the main report, listing those comments not accepted by the Evaluation Consultant and indicating the reason for the rejection; and
  • (where agreed with the Evaluation Manager) prepare an Evaluation Brief (2-page summary of the evaluand and the key evaluation findings and lessons)

Managing relations, including:

  • maintain a positive relationship with evaluation stakeholders, ensuring that the evaluation process is as participatory as possible but at the same time maintains its independence;
  • communicate in a timely manner with the Evaluation Office on any issues requiring its attention and intervention.
  • The Evaluation Consultant shall have had no prior involvement in the formulation or implementation of the project and will be independent from the participating institutions. The consultant will sign the Evaluation Consultant Code of Conduct Agreement Form.
  • The evaluation consultant will be selected and recruited by the UNEP Evaluation Office through an individual consultancy contract.
  • Comprehensive terms of reference will be shared with the consultant separately.

Qualifications/special skills

  • A first level university degree in environmental sciences, international development or other relevant political or social sciences area is required and an advanced degree in the same areas is desirable.
  • A minimum of 7 years of technical / evaluation experience is required preferably including evaluating large, regional or global programmes and using a Theory of Change approach.
  • A good/broad understanding of illicit trade in wildlife legislations and policy, particularly in Africa, is desired.
  • Working Knowledge of a development oriented organisation particularly in the UN System and specifically the work of UNEP is an added advantage.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is a requirement.

Programme Management Officer, P3

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.
  • TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • 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.

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) environmental science or management, biodiversity conservation or related fields is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
  • Work experience with the process of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Global Environment Facility is desirable.
  • Experience in managing multi country projects as a donor on biodiversity related matters is desirable.
  • Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable

Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
  • NOTE: “Fluency equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of “confident” in two of the four areas.

Assessment

  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.

Method of Application

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