Evaluation Analyst Consultant

Job Type

Full Time
Contract

Published

10/05/2018

Application Deadline

11/04/2018

Address

Europe, Western
Italy
Italy

Description

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance

 

Type of contract: Consultant Regular

Duty station: Rome, Italy

Functional Area: Office of Evaluation

Initial duration of the assignment: 11 months starting from 1 November 2018

 

Context and background 

 

The Evaluation Policy 2016-2021 aims to strengthen WFP’s contribution to ending global hunger by embedding evaluation into the heart of WFP’s culture of accountability and learning. The Policy defines impact evaluation as those which “Assess the positive and negative, direct or indirect, intended or unintended changes in the lives of affected populations in receipt of WFP interventions”. Building on this definition, WFP understands impact evaluation as measuring changes in development outcomes of interest for a target population that can be attributed to a specific programme or a policy through a credible counterfactual. WFP does not have any expectations for the minimum coverage of impact evaluations, however, the Corporate Evaluation Strategy (2016-2021) indicates impact evaluations will be used “depending on major knowledge gaps, stakeholder suggestions and needs”.

Globally, there are major knowledge gaps related to the impact of humanitarian and development interventions on gender-transformative outcomes. WFP’s Gender Policy 2015-2020 adopts a “twin-track strategy” that combines a) efforts to mainstream gender considerations into all phases of the programme cycle, with b) specific targeted actions at household, community and societal levels. The Gender Policy sees evaluation as an important driver of change in implementing the twin-track strategy. In addition, WFP’s Gender Action Plan (2016) stipulates that all WFP evaluations will consider gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE), including impact evaluations.

OEV, the Gender Office (GEN), and Technical Assistance and Country Capacity Strengthening Service (OSZI) identified the impact of cash-based transfers (CBT) on gender-transformative outcomes as an area where WFP has major knowledge gaps. To begin filling these gaps, OEV is developing a CBT and Gender Impact Evaluation Window that will identify and measure the impact of CBTs on gender-transformative outcomes. This Window will be open to WFP to propose their interventions for impact evaluation. OEV will manage the process of selecting programmes and designing, delivering and learning from the impact evaluation window over the next several years. It is expected that this Window will deliver at least six impact evaluations.

The Evaluation Analyst will be reporting to Jonas Heirman who is in charge of managing the CBT and gender impact evaluation window. 

 

Responsibilities:

 

1.    Support the management of CBT and Gender Impact Evaluation Window activities:

 

Develop and maintain window management tools, data banks, e-library, information and archive systems for assigned work (including in TWS and e-library);

Gather documents, review literature and data as necessary for preparing window activities;

Provide relevant analysis and support for meetings related to the window (e.g. evaluability assessments, inceptions, baselines, mid-lines, end-lines, etc.);

Support and participate in field missions to selected countries as needed for management of the window;

Synthesise, package and actively communicate lessons learned from impact evaluation activities at key stages (e.g. promising intervention designs, effective measurement tools, baseline findings, etc.);

Support the preparation of briefings and presentation materials for communicating about the impact evaluation window;

Co-author briefs, papers and other knowledge products relevant for WFP’s internal and external audiences;

Possibly participation in relevant events and conference.

 

2.    Support gender analysis in WFP’s centrally managed and decentralized impact evaluations:

 

Actively communicate lessons learned from the CBT and Gender Impact Evaluation Window with OEV, regional evaluation officers (REOs) and country offices;

Support preparation activities for future impact evaluation windows (e.g. Climate Change, etc.) and ensure they incorporate lessons learned regarding the best gender related methods of analysis and tools;

Support evaluation managers and WFP offices engaged in other impact evaluations to use the best possible gender related methods of analysis and tools.

 

3.    Support WFP to learn and use appropriate tools and methods for gender analysis in evaluation activities:

 

Use experience and lessons learned from the CBT and Gender Impact Evaluation Window to inform other WFP teams about knowledge gained that is potentially relevant to their work;

Contribute to the effective management of the Analytics and Research Unit (10% of the time).


4.    Any other duties assigned by the Director of Evaluation.

Benefits

Education and Preferred Qualifications


Education:Masters or doctoral degree in academic disciplines relevant to assignment (gender studies, evaluation, economics, political science, development studies, etc.). 

 

Experience:

Either a masters degree and 3 years professional experience, or completed doctoral degree in relevant field, and preferably with exposure to gender-focused impact evaluations or research. Experience supporting the delivery of impact evaluations or conducting gender research in countries where WFP is operational.

 

Knowledge & Skills:

Solid knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods used for identifying and measuring gender-transformative outcomes (e.g. survey design, implicit association tests, etc.).

Demonstrated interest and practical experience in assessing intra-household dimensions of gender is desirable.

Proficiency in using statistical software packages (Stata, R, SPSS, etc.).

Fully computer-literate with excellent skills in Word, Excel, Power Point and database management.

Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively in diverse teams. Experience working with government partners is desirable.

Excellent communication skills, written, verbal and visual. Experience effectively translating between academics and practitioners is highly desirable.

Well organised and systematic. 


Languages: 

Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language is an asset.


Terms and Conditions 


WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.


Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP.

http://www.wfp.org Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


Deadline for applications: 18 October 2018

Ref.: VA No. 100136


Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status


No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language is an asset.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree


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