International Labour Organization
ILO’s Evaluation Office (EVAL) has direct responsibility for conducting independent evaluations and overseeing and approving independent decentralized evaluations called for by the ILO Evaluation Policy. It reports annually to the Governing Body who endorses its reports and recommendations. The evaluation policy is complemented by an evaluation strategy and evaluation policy guidelines (4th edition) to facilitate its implementation.
ROAF is working closely with EVAL as well as the Strategic Programming and Management Department (PROGRAM) to support the development, implementation and evaluation of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs), and with the Multilateral Partnerships and Development Cooperation Department to support the development, implementation and monitoring of development cooperation projects, all in an integrated manner. In this context, the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist will provide technical support for the monitoring and particularly evaluation work of development cooperation projects and decent work programmes at regional, sub-regional and national levels.
The incumbent will be responsible for the planning and implementation of all independent evaluations in the region in coordination with EVAL in line with the ILO’s evaluation policy and results-based management strategy. In addition, the Specialist will coordinate and implement capacity-building activities for staff on the monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects and will coordinate the management of evaluations of decent work programmes at all levels, as well as organizational reviews.
The incumbent is also required to promote an evaluation culture in the Organization and advocate the utilization of evaluation results and principles as well as provide ideas to identify innovations, recommendations and lessons learned for the improvement of the evaluation function. Evaluations are guided by the ILO’s evaluation policy and results-based management strategy, which adhere to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Development Assistance Committee (OECD/DAC) principles and United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) norms and standards.
The position will report to the Chief of the RPU and receive technical guidance and support from the Director of EVAL at headquarters.
- Ensure timely completion of evaluations of ILO programmes/projects/activities agreed upon in the evaluation plan in a manner that meets professional standards in line with the ILO’s evaluation policy and the UN evaluation norms, ethics, and standards. Participate as a team member in high-profile or highly complex evaluations as required.
- Ensure regional level quality assurance of independent evaluations in Africa region before submission to EVAL for final approval.
- Coordinate activities related to the planning and preparation of evaluation budgets as well as efficiently manage the use of resources for evaluations (Regular Budget Supplementary Account and extra-budgetary development cooperation) at all levels within the region.
- Provide inputs to continuous methodological improvement of and support to evaluation, monitoring, and the results-based management (RBM) framework.
- Ensure that evaluations are useful, and that evaluation findings and recommendations are followed up. Ensure that evaluation results are considered for the design and appraisal of strategies, policies, and new projects/programmes.
- Provide support and advice to colleagues assigned to design and implement evaluation capacity development or alternatively take the lead in conducting related training. Advance efforts and ensure a coordinated approach within the Organization that supports constituents with evaluation and related activities.
- Establish relations, ensure effective collaboration, and provide technical expertise and advice to ILO officials and partners on appropriate data collection methodologies, coherent evaluation design, analysis and interpretation of data, quality control, evaluation standards and other key evaluation issues.
- Coordinate the review and evaluation activities of ILO projects and programmes including DWCPs. Facilitate the periodic preparation and review of monitoring and evaluation plans for DWCPs, programmes and projects.
- Negotiate with other UN partners on M&E provisions of joint projects and provide technical advice on lessons learned from evaluations into the design of new projects. Provide technical advice on monitoring provisions or plans for development cooperation projects in the region.
- Disseminate findings, recommendations and lessons learned from evaluation activities. In this regard, use the EVAL “good practices” and “lessons learned” templates for replication and/or for upscaling.
- Coordinate and strengthen the Regional Evaluation Network. This also entails working with EVAL in building the capacities of the Evaluation Managers and other relevant officials in the various Country Offices in the region. Participate in UN regional evaluation meetings and activities as needed, and coordinate with networks of evaluation professionals in Africa. Take a lead technical role and represent the Organization in internal and external meetings, working groups, knowledge sharing events and discussion fora to establish and encourage continuing dialogue on evaluation results, recommendations and lessons learned. Give presentations on key evaluation issues and developments.
- Perform other relevant duties as assigned.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in social sciences or related field such as economics, law, international relations, international development, or other relevant field. Training in evaluation or related disciplines and areas such as quantitative and quality data collection and analysis.
- A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in one of the afore-mentioned fields or other relevant field with an additional two years of relevant experience, in addition to the required experience stated below, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
- At least seven years of experience, including at the international level in the monitoring and evaluation of development projects and programmes.
- Experience related to the mandate and activities of the ILO or of another UN agency. Experience in the field of international development programmes and issues e.g. project design and management would be an advantage.
- Excellent command of English and French.
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