Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR EVALUATION OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Senior Evaluation Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: HQ Amman
Posting Period: 16 December 2022 - 05 January 2023
Job Opening Number: 22-Statistics-UNRWA-197753-J- (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to make a change.

If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you.

The Senior Evaluation Officer reports to the Chief, Evaluation Division.


- Scopes, plans, develops and leads evaluation assignments of UNRWA activities, including strategic evaluations of programmes (i.e., in-depth evaluations of core programmes, departments, or other organizational units) and thematic evaluations (i.e., evaluations of complex topics that cut across multiple programmes, departments or other organizational units), and carries out all the tasks involved in the assignments, which will include the provision of guidance to external consultants and other evaluation staff;

- Conducts and manages impartial, independent and credible evaluations applying a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods, data collection and analysis tools, techniques and approaches, and maintains high professional standards in line with UNRWA’s Evaluation Policy and UN Evaluation Norms and Standards, ensuring strong human rights and gender-responsive evaluation methodologies as well as identifying and applying innovative evaluation approaches which support the utilization of evaluation results;

- Serves as a team leader of evaluations, managing junior Evaluation Division staff, providing guidance and coaching as required to develop staff capacity and support high technical performance;

- Contributes to the development of the UNRWA evaluation function and the normative standards, evaluation tools and capacity building efforts supporting central and decentralized evaluation management:
- Contributes to the review and further development of the architecture, policies, guidelines, systems,
procedures and tools related to evaluation;
- Reviews central and decentralized evaluation terms of reference, inception and draft evaluation reports for
quality assurance purposes;
- Provides advice and guidance on evaluation to management and staff and contributes to capacity building of
UNRWA staff members on the conduct of decentralized evaluations;
- Participates in meetings, workshops and other discussion fora to establish a dialogue on evaluation results;
- Keeps abreast of developments in the area of evaluation;

- Contributes to the effective deployment of human and financial resources of the Evaluation Division:
- Plans evaluations and prepares evaluation budgets for individual evaluations, managing the use of available
resources effectively and efficiently;
- Sources, hires or procures and supervises external consultants and evaluation firms to conduct evaluations
that meet UNRWA evaluation requirements;

- Promotes the use of evaluation evidence internally and externally, including the development of briefs and other learning / knowledge products on evaluations. Participates and represents the Evaluation Division in briefings with management, and donor and host representative groups;

- Assists the Chief of the Evaluation Division in the development of annual reports on evaluation function activities and results, including the development of special synthesis reports on evaluation results and trends.


UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply.

Planning and Organizing
Applying Technical Expertise
Learning and Researching
Delivering Results
Creating and Maintaining Impact and Partnership

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) from an accredited educational institution in social sciences, business administration, public administration, programme evaluation, or in a related field, preferably with emphasis on international affairs and/or development.

Work Experience

- A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in the design, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects is required;

- Unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, a candidate for an international post must have at least two continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport, or a national identity number is required;

- Experience in evaluation design and management in a development context is required;

- Experience in applying international standards and professional norms in evaluation design, implementation and reporting is required;

- Experience in the design and implementation of qualitative and quantitative data collection is required;

- Experience in the management and conduct of evaluations, serving as a team leader is required.

- Experience related to UNRWA’s mandate and activities, including for example experience in evaluation of human development or humanitarian response, is desirable;

- Knowledge of and practical experience in the application of the norms and standards for evaluation of the United Nations Evaluation Group, is desirable;

Work experience in the Middle East, is desirable;


Excellent command of spoken and written English.


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

Special Notice

Type of Contract and Duration: Temporary Appointment for 364 days with the possibility of further extension subject to availability of funds, need and performance.

The Senior Evaluation Officer will be required to travel, as needed, in the Agency’s area of operations in the Middle East.

Applicants have to complete the Personal History Profile (PHP) in inspira in order to be considered. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience as per the requirements in the Job Opening, in order to be considered.

A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for a temporary appointment to the same post or a similar post.

A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.

UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live.

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United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her.

UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups.

At UNRWA, 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. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

UNRWA Considerations
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA 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. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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