Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 08 February 2019 - 24 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Inspection and Evaluation-OHCHR-108066-R-Geneva (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Executive Direction and Management (EDM), Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Service (PPMES), Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Service (PPMES).


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Ensures evaluations are conducted in an impartial, independent and credible manner; Leads the design and management of all process and programme evaluations in collaboration with the relevant Divisions/Branches; Ensures the integration of gender and other cross cutting issues into the OHCHR's M&E System; Provides guidance and technical support to staff members for conducting evaluations, assessments and reviews and them him/herself when required conduct them him/herself when required; Ensures that evaluations meet the highest professional standards, in accordance with the United Nations evaluation Norms and Standards and are informed by emerging innovative evaluation practices; Participates in Human Rights and OHCHR performance and impact evaluations conducted by other entities when appropriate e.g. donor evaluations; Cooperates with other UN evaluation units and professional evaluation bodies and networks to ensure the sharing of lessons learned and good practices. This may include but not be limited to representing OHCHR in the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG); Ensures evaluations results are systematically used to inform decision making at the strategic and programme levels; prepares reports and briefings to the Senior Management Team (SMT) on M&E recommendations and lessons learned of strategic importance; Coordinates with relevant Divisions to prepare and finalize all management responses evaluation results; Prepares follow-up action plans to closely monitor the implementation of evaluation recommendations across OHCHR; Maintains effective liaison with all Divisions and Branches responsible for implementing evaluation recommendations; Prepares progress reports to the SMT and other relevant entities such as the General Assembly when required on progress made towards the implementation of evaluation recommendations; In collaboration with Divisions and Branches, ensures that evaluation results are taken into account for the design and appraisal of strategies, policies and new projects/programmes; Prepares progress reports on the analysis on results monitoring; Ensures monitoring and evaluation principles, prerequisites and benefits are widely known and recognized in the organization; Designs and implements a monitoring and evaluation capacity development programme as part of the OHCHR capacity building strategy on Results Based Management (RBM); Participates in conducting the RBM training for staff Office-wide; ensures continuous methodological improvement of and support to self-evaluation, monitoring and the RBM system; Develops and maintains a network of M&E focal points across the organization; Provides effective supervision for the Programme Management Officer and provides joint supervision of the Programme Officer with the Senior Planning Officer; Within the context of OHCHR's Annual Work-planning exercise, assists in planning the human and financial resources needed for a fully operational monitoring and evaluation function; Selects and supervises evaluation consultants effectively. Provides leadership, guidance and direction for the effective application of the monitoring and evaluation function at the strategic and policy related levels; Ensures that the monitoring of the progress towards the achievement of strategic level results provides an effective feedback loop for supplementing the Performance Monitoring System with office-wide evaluation exercises as appropriate; Ensures the effective linkage and synergies between the Performance Monitoring System and the evaluation functions; Provides guidance and support for the Office-wide implementation of the Performance Monitoring System; Supports field presences and Divisions at the headquarters level with the design of baseline studies, action research and surveys to systematically collect data/evidence for reporting on progress; Leads the preparation and update of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) tools and guidance for all staff.


Professionalism: Detailed knowledge of the role of the UN and its components; good knowledge of key UN topics; sound knowledge of and wide exposure to the full range of human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address highly sensitive/complex problems; excellent knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights; original thinking, independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major issues and problem; ability to develop evaluation design, well-focused Terms of Reference; various methodologies in evaluation and various sampling techniques and their applications; ability to collect reliable, valid and accurate information in an objective way; ability to develop questionnaires and other review instruments that will address issues identified in the design, independently; comprehensive understanding of the uses and limits of various methods available for quantitative analysis and innovative and creative analyses techniques. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree), in social sciences, international relations, development studies or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in programme management is required, including at least seven years of recent experience in programme monitoring and evaluation within the United Nations system. Five years of experience related to human rights programming in desirable. Experience in knowledge management, results-based management (RBM) and organizational change is an asset.


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


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

Special Notice

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 October 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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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