United Nations Evaluation Officer Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

United Nations Evaluation Officer Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

This post is located in the Evaluation Office, a part of the Office of the Executive Director, at the Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Senior Evaluation Officer in Evaluation Office (EO) the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:


  • Manage and/or provide substantive contributions to project-level evaluations conducted by the Evaluation Office. The incumbent will, as specified by the Director, Evaluation Office, play a supporting role in higher level evaluations such as: The Evaluation of the UNEP Medium-Term Strategy, Formative Evaluations of the UNEP Programme of Work, Sub-Programme Evaluations, and Thematic Evaluations. Develop Terms of Reference for project level evaluations and keep the standard project-level TOR templates up to date as the evaluation methods and approaches used by the Evaluation Office are periodically revised.
  • Identify consultants, review credentials and make recommendations for the selection of qualified consultants to conduct evaluations. Oversee the work of project-level evaluation consultants: provide advice on the overall evaluation approach; review and assess the quality of evaluation deliverables and provide constructive feedback to facilitate their finalisation. Make presentations and undertake other activities to promote the uptake of evaluation findings across project-level evaluation stakeholders. Ensure that evaluation recommendations are communicated to the relevant officers for implementation, with suggestions for preparing an Implementation Plan and follow-up action for future programming. Monitor compliance levels for the implementation of evaluation recommendations, and oversee the preparation of recommendation compliance reports submitted every six months to the Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director of UNEP.
  • Provide contributions to the Biennial Evaluation Synthesis Report, periodic evaluation progress reports and Evaluation Office Management Studies as requested by the Director of the Evaluation Office. Peer review project-level evaluation inception reports and draft evaluation reports being managed by other Evaluation Office staff. Actively participate in the preparation process of biennial evaluation plans based on organizational priorities, mandates and previous evaluation reports. Ensure that the content of the Evaluation Office website is kept up to date. Play an active role in supporting the work of the United Nations Evaluation Group and the Nairobi Inter-agency Evaluation Network.


  • Professionalism: Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of all aspects of evaluation. Proven conceptual and analytical skills and the ability to understand technical documents and write and review evaluation reports, shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when face with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Communication: Ability to research, write, speak clearly, intelligibly and effectively in the English language, Ability to communicate with both technical and lay persons, good interpersonal and oral communication skills, including the ability to present sensitive issues/positions and prepare reports on short notice; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.
  • Teamwork: Ability to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with sensitivity and respect for diversity; Proven ability to work collaboratively to achieve organizational and/or collective goals; Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and
    expertise; Is willing to learn from others: Places team agenda before personal agenda.


  • An advanced university degree in Environment-related Sciences, Development Studies, Economics or Social Sciences is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in the field of project evaluation. is required Substantive work experience in international settings is desirable. Professional experience in developing countries is an advantage.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language, especially French or Spanish, is desirable.


  • Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based internview.

    Special Notice

  • Appointment against this position is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her.
  • In this context, all staffs are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
  • All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

    How to apply

  • 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.Apply by 4th January, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Evaluation Officer Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

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