Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Section, P5
Department/Office: Office of Internal Oversight Services
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 15 December 2021 - 28 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Inspection and Evaluation-OIOS-167523-R-New York (R)
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 Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in New York. The incumbent reports to the Director, IED.

The Office of Internal Oversight Services is the internal oversight body of the United Nations and assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his oversight responsibilities in respect of the resources and staff of the Organization through the provision of audit, investigation, and inspection and evaluation services. IED performs inspections and independent assessments on behalf of the Secretary General and member states. The purpose of these activities is to assist intergovernmental bodies and program managers to determine the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and impact of the Secretariat's programs. In accordance with its mandate, as set out in General Assembly resolution A/RES/48/218 B (and subsequent resolutions A/RES/54/244 and A/RES/59/272), the Division is responsible for ensuring that the Secretariat's programs are delivered within prescribed mandates and, at the same time, entities and Member States review their performance and results in order to promote training and development in the field of the whole Organization.


Within the limits of the powers delegated to him / her, the Head of the Peacekeeping Mission Evaluation Section has the following functions:

• Supervise evaluation teams in the planning and conduct of inspection and evaluation assignments and other projects as mandated by the legislative bodies and/or as required by OIOS-IED’s risk assessment, providing ongoing guidance, support, and oversight in accordance with OIOS-IED’s quality assurance system, the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) norms and standards, and the United Nations core values and competencies

• Contribute to the production of key evaluation outputs (e.g., inception papers, technical notes, evaluation report drafts) and to data collection and analysis, as necessary

• Identify relevant strategic objectives, priorities and problems facing individual evaluations, OIOS-IED, and OIOS more broadly, as well as strategies for addressing these

• Serve as a spokesperson for OIOS-IED on assigned matters; support the OIOS-IED Director and the OIOS Under-Secretary-General in their initiatives to strengthen Division- and Department-wide relevance, effectiveness, and efficiency; and assume team leadership of individual inspection and evaluation projects, as necessary

• Lead and manage several evaluation teams to successful achievement of targeted results, ensuring the timeliness, relevance, credibility, objectivity and utility of their outputs and approaches

• Provide guidance on evaluation standards, checklist and formats by training and mentoring new staff on the theory and conduct of inspections and evaluations

• Establish and maintain effective relationships with evaluands, partners in the Secretariat, funds and programmes, OIOS Audit and Investigations Divisions, and others; make presentations to support the conduct and strengthening of inspection and evaluation activities

• Assist in the preparation of reports for the Committee on Programme and Coordination (CPC), the Fifth Committee, and/or other intergovernmental bodies concerned, and provide substantive servicing of these bodies during consideration of inspection and evaluation questions

• Assume leadership in the design and conduct of complex/multifaceted in-depth, thematic and ad hoc inspections and evaluations of programmes; prepare the study design of complex/multifaceted in-depth and thematic evaluations; articulate the theory of change of the evaluated programme(s) by way of a programme impact pathway (i.e., logic model)

• Conduct key informant interviews and focus groups

• Perform analysis of information collected and derive findings, conclusions and formulate recommendations

• Prepare reports for CPC, the Fifth Committee, and other intergovernmental bodies concerned

• Provide substantive servicing of CPC, the Fifth Committee, and other intergovernmental bodies during consideration of inspection and evaluation questions; provide advisory services to departments/offices on inspection and evaluation questions and the implementation of inspection and evaluation recommendations; prepare compliance reports, biennial reviews, triennial reviews and other reports as needed

• • Perform any other tasks that may be entrusted to him / her by the Director.


Professionalism: Knowledge of inspection and evaluation and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply United Nations regulations, rules, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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

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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.

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. 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, public administration, programme evaluation, or in a related area. 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

At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in programme management, oversight, and performance assessment is required.

Experience in the management and conduct of evaluation and inspection assignments is required.

Experience within the United Nations system, or similar large international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment, or assignment, and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, or extension of the mandate.

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

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.

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.

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