Regional Evaluation Officer
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The unit of ProgrammePlanning, Budget, Monitoring, and Evaluation aims to establish a culture of evaluation in the Regional Office and country offices in the Region, so that evaluation plays a critical role in improving performance, increasing accountability for results, and promoting organizational learning.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
- Facilitate the development and implementation of regional and country evaluation work plans, including budget considerations, to ensure adequate evaluation coverage of the most salient topics in the region.
- Manage these plans and budgets to successful completion so that all evaluations are relevant, timely, credible, and useful.
- Provide overall technical and strategic leadership on evaluation issues in order to strengthen the evaluation function, develop evaluation practice, and foster an evaluation culture in the region.
- Design and conduct individual decentralized evaluations that are impartial, independent, and credible, and also manage evaluations carried out by external evaluation teams.
- Apply an Organization-wide quality assurance system to ensure that regional and country-level evaluations are conducted in accordance with the WHO Evaluation Policy (2018) and the revised UNEG Norms and Standards for evaluation.
- Contribute, together with other regional evaluation advisers and the WHO Evaluation Office, to strategies, approaches, guidance, procedures, and tools for strengthening the evaluation function and evaluation practice in the Organization.
- Support corporate evaluations managed by the WHO Evaluation Office, through facilitation of data collection in the region, liaison with key stakeholders in the regional office and with its partners, and provision of technical and strategic inputs into these evaluations.
- Provide advice, information, and guidance on the conduct of decentralized evaluations through the ongoing implementation of the Framework on decentralized evaluation in WHO.
- Ensure that all applicable evaluation findings and recommendations emanating from both decentralized and corporate evaluations are followed up on in the region, by organizing meetings, workshops, and other discussions on evaluation results, advising key stakeholders in the management response process, and assisting with efforts to follow up on management responses and their associated action plans.
- Support evaluation capacity development in the region, through briefings, training, workshops, and other platforms.
- Develop material to promote transparent and effective communication of WHO’s evaluation work and findings in support of organizational learning, including preparation of an annual progress report to the Regional Committee on evaluative activities of the Region.
- Contribute to the work of the United Nations Evaluation Group and regional evaluation network activities, as appropriate.
Essential: Advanced university degree in Public Health, social or natural sciences, international development, Epidemiology, or Economics.
Desirable: Professional evaluation qualification. Post-graduate degree in one of the above fields.
Essential: Minimum 7 years of professional and progressive experience with international exposure in:
- planning, conducting, and managing mixed-method evaluations, assessments, and/or reviews of programs, thematic topics, policies, projects, and other initiatives, that are of high credibility and utility,
- managing external evaluation teams in the conduct of these evaluations;
- managing the process of ensuring stakeholders’ positive and constructive engagement in, and receptivity to, evaluations; and (d) undertaking knowledge management to ensure dissemination and uptake.
Desirable: Work experience with WHO at country or regional levels, or in another agency in the United Nations system.
- Identify evaluation priorities in view of the regional context as well as the most salient issues affecting the work of the WHO regional office.
- Undertake thorough and open consultations with key stakeholders at all levels of the organization and with external stakeholders as appropriate, while also undertaking a systematic, independent, and impartial assessment in arriving at a rationale for selected evaluations.
- Plan and budget for selected evaluations, oversee implementation of the budget, and for the ongoing strengthening of the evaluation function, practice and culture.
- Design evaluations, manage evaluation processes, establish and manage relevant stakeholder groups.
- Apply a range of evaluation data collection and analysis methods to evaluations using the most appropriate mixed-method approaches relevant to each evaluation.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a maturity of judgment, tact, integrity, and discretion with a wide range of stakeholders.
- Maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
- Build capacity for evaluation.
- Act independently and exercise sound judgment.
- Work with competing priorities under pressure.
Sound knowledge of:
- Evaluation principles, practices, norms, and standards.
- Gender, equity, and human rights issues and how to incorporate them into all aspects of evaluations.
- The specific contextual issues of one or more of the WHO regions, and of the programmatic, institutional, and evaluation issues in the WHO regional office’s operating environment
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of Arabic.
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