You will support the Regional Director and regional and country office colleagues in meeting their responsibilities and accountabilities under the Evaluation Policy. The Regional Evaluation Officer will be expected to lead the development and implementation of the regional evaluation strategy; and will provide technical advice, quality support and coaching on evaluation across the Region, ensuring consistent application of the Evaluation Policy. Collaborating closely with WFP’s complimentary monitoring function, the job holder will provide guidance and support to CO Monitoring & Evaluation Officers, or focal points across the region.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Reporting to the Regional Director or Deputy Regional Director, and functionally to the Director of Evaluation, you will be responsible for the following key accountabilities:
- Lead the Development and implementation of the regional evaluation strategy in line with WFP Evaluation Policy and Corporate Evaluation Strategy. Engage with the Regional Monitoring Adviser to ensure complementarity with regional monitoring strategies.
- Act as Secretariat to the Regional Evaluation Committee that supports the Regional Director in steering the evaluation work across the region.
- Develop and regularly update the Regional Evaluation Plan tailored to regional learning needs and priorities and meeting WFP Evaluation Policy coverage norms; engage with Country Offices (COs), Regional Advisers and the Office of Evaluation (OEV) to identify key evidence gaps, define regional priorities for generating evidence and ensure complementarity in planning of centralized and decentralized evaluations.
- Lead the Regional Evaluation Unit, developing an annual work plan, monitoring its budget and managing staff members, providing coaching and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
- Support Regional Bureau (RB) and Country Office (CO) Management to ensure at regional and country levels a consistent application of the Evaluation Policy provisions and normative framework, including appropriate evaluation planning, budgeting and resourcing, safeguarding impartiality and quality standards of decentralized evaluations.
- Provide inputs to OEV on corporate reports such as the annual evaluation report.
- Contribute to the strengthening of evaluation staffing capacity across the region.
- Support commissioning and management of joint evaluations at country and regional levels.
- Lead or co-lead in partnership with other UN agencies on National evaluation capacity development efforts at country and regional levels.
- Establish regional partnerships with UN agencies and other regional partners including regional and national evaluation associations; engage, as WFP or within these partnerships, with UNSDCF evaluations
- Promote WFP’s evaluation culture of accountability and learning and working with internal and external stakeholders to enhance learning from and use of evaluation.
- Ensure that evaluation results are widely disseminated through the development of innovative learning products, the analysis and consolidation of evaluative evidence into country or regional thematic evidence summaries.
- Support country offices on any other evaluation-related issues.
- Actively participate to WFP evaluation Community of Practice and foster engagement from CO M&E staff.
- Effectively mainstream cross-cutting issues (equity, gender, inclusion of persons with disability, human rights, humanitarian principles, protection, accountability to affected population) into WFP evaluation processes and support the organization in mainstreaming these approaches in programme design and implementation to help ensure that the most vulnerable benefit from WFP services.
- Other duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS AND KEY REQUIREMENTS
- Advanced University degree in International Development, Economics, Social Science, or other relevant fields, OR first University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.
- 8 years or more (of which at least 4 are international) of postgraduate professional experience both in the field and in Headquarters in international development or humanitarian work, evaluation and monitoring or assessment and/or policy studies with progressively increasing responsibilities
- Minimum five 5 years of experience in managing and/or conducting broad and complex evaluations in areas of relevance to WFP
- Design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian assistance and development cooperation
- Proven experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams
- Fluency (level C) in the English language
- Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (A WFP’s working language)
- Fluency in Arabic, French or Spanish is an asset.
MORE ABOUT YOU
- You have in-depth knowledge of humanitarian and development actions, global geo-political issues and UN Reform
- You have strong performance management cycle skills and solid knowledge of international norms and standards for evaluation
- You have a solid knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods and analytical approaches to oversee and guide others in the selection and application of those to WFP monitoring, review and evaluation exercises
- You understand the specific implications of ethics in monitoring, reviewing and evaluating activities; and demonstrate ethical behaviour at all times
ADDITIONAL / NICE-TO-HAVE REQUIREMENTS
- Familiarity with the region applied for or similar contexts.
- Familiarity with WFP and the UN system will be regarded as an asset