Job Opening

Posting Title: Evaluation Specialist 2 for Evaluation of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy Interagency Programme 'Operational Strategy 2016-2020' (UNEP's PAGE Project, 2018-2021, PIMS 02032)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 12 October 2021 - 01 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-165445-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The Evaluation Specialist will submit the inception report, draft evaluation report and the final main evaluation report.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

The contract will be for a period of 9 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Org. Setting

The UN Environment (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. This consultancy is located at Headquarters in the Evaluation Office which reports directly to the Executive Director. The consultant reports to the Evaluation Officer managing the project and the Director of the Evaluation Office (EO).

The Evaluation Specialist 2 will make substantive and high-quality contributions to the evaluation process and outputs. The Principal Evaluator and two Evaluation Specialists will ensure together that all evaluation criteria and questions are adequately covered.

Specifically, the Evaluation Specialist 2 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 in-depth review;
• 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 survey(s). Ensure independence of the evaluation and confidentiality of evaluation interviews and surveys.
• 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 Manager on any issues requiring its attention and intervention.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An undergraduate (Bachelor's) university degree in environmental sciences, economics, international development or other relevant political or social sciences area is required.
Experience: A minimum of 8 years of technical/monitoring/evaluation experience is required and a good understanding of national policy and/or interagency collaboration programmes, capacity-building/training and inclusive green economy is desired.

Working knowledge of the UN system and specifically the work of the partnership UN agencies is an added advantage.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is a requirement and proficiency in French or Spanish or Russian is desirable. The work will be home-based with possible field visits, subject to COVID-19 situation.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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