Senior Evaluation Officer

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FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
• Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
• FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
• All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting

FAO evaluates the strategic alignment, implementation, efficacy and efficiency of its portfolio of work through its independent Office of Evaluation (OED), which is led by a Director who reports to the FAO Governing Bodies and to the Director-General.
OED evaluates FAO strategies, initiatives, programmes and projects at global, regional and national levels. OED seeks to generate credible and useful evidence and insights to inform decisions, support oversight and help FAO achieve its mission.
In so doing, OED advances knowledge and provides results accountability to both Member Nations and the Director-General. OED also participates in system-wide evaluation initiatives, thereby contributing to assessments of development and humanitarian effectiveness by the United Nations (UN) system.
OED values candidates who are highly motivated to excel and want to join OED colleagues in generating transformative knowledge for FAO, its Member Nations and others working in the fields in which FAO operates to achieve its mission of ending hunger!
The position is located in OED at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines
The Senior Evaluation Officer reports to the Deputy Director, OED.

Technical Focus
Leadership in promoting high-quality complex (thematic, strategic and programme (cluster) research and evaluations.

Key Results
Planning, designing, conducting and promoting the use of major and complex evaluations, thereby contributing to enhanced results-accountability to the Director-General and the Governing Body and enriched learning by the Organization; as well as contributions to improved results-based management by the Organization and the development of evaluation function and methodologies in OED.

Key Functions
• Leads and manages evaluations of complex programmes, major operations, and themes.
• Composes, leads and manages evaluation teams comprising of staff and consultants.
• Leads the preparation of evaluation reports, synthesis of evaluations and related materials.
• Presents findings, conclusions and recommendations of evaluation reports to the management and the Governing Body.
• Promotes the use of evaluations so that their results are taken into account for the design and implementation of strategies, programmes and projects.
• Manages quality assurance process, quality controls and assists in quality enhancement of evaluations conducted by others.
• Keeps abreast of methodological developments in evaluation and leads and contributes to the development of evaluation methodologies and tools.
• Liaises and collaborates with other units of the Organization with a view to promoting results-based and evaluation culture and enhanced learning from evaluations.
• Liaises and collaborates with the evaluation units of other United Nations organizations as well as professional evaluation bodies.
• Advises the Director in the planning and management of OED evaluations.
• Performs other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in social sciences (such as economics, sociology or psychology) with a focus on research/evaluation methods or in a life science with specific training in evaluation.
• Ten years of relevant experience in conducting and managing development evaluations at the global, regional or country levels, including rigorous thematic and strategic evaluations.
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and Spanish or French.

• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering
• Communication
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, is essential.
• A doctorate degree (Ph.D.) is highly desirable.
• Understanding and knowledge of FAO’s portfolio of work.
• Extent and relevance of work experience conducting evaluations in substantive fields related to FAO’s mission (agriculture, agrifood systems, climate change, nutrition, water, women’s economic empowerment and other areas in development and emergency settings) and in other key elements of FAO’s Strategic Framework (such as private sector engagement, data and technologies, innovations), especially considering priorities of FAO donors in the locations of the duty stations.
• Proven ability to deliver clear and concise reports and presentations (particularly to leadership) as demonstrated through\: (1) a writing sample of a thematic or strategic evaluation conducted; (2) a presentation based on that writing sample; and (3) a brief justification for the writing sample selected (all must be uploaded and submitted with the application).
• Candidates considered qualified may be asked to participate in a test and deliver a presentation on a topic to be provided.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
• FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment
• Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
• Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link\: https\://
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include\:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection
FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes\:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct
• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills;
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
• Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http\://

• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
• Incomplete applications will not be considered;
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• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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