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Chief Evaluation Division, P5, HQA, JO#226316

UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Org. Setting and Reporting

UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff
working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to
make a change.

If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the
most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you.
The Chief Evaluation Division reports to the Director, Internal Oversight Services.
Leads, conducts and manages evaluations that are impartial, independent, credible and meet

professional standards:

– Carries out evaluations of complex programmes, strategies, policies and cross-cutting
themes and leads evaluation teams.
– Effectively supervises evaluations conducted by staff members, consultancy firms and
individual consultants.
– Ensures that evaluations meet high professional standards in line with UNRWA’s Evaluation
Policy and with the norms and standards for evaluation in the UN system.
– Keeps abreast of developments in the area of evaluation.
– Ensures that up-to-date evaluation techniques and approaches are applied.
– Cooperates with other UN evaluation units and professional evaluation bodies.
– Leads and promotes the evaluation function in UNRWA, and reviews and further develops
the architecture, policies, guidelines, systems, procedures and tools for quality assurance
within the Agency’s central and decentralized evaluation functions.
– Designs and implements evaluation capacity development initiatives within the Agency.
– Provides leadership to the UNRWA decentralized evaluation function and provides technical
guidance to staff planning and managing decentralized evaluations (in UNRWA fields of
operations and with headquarter departments).
– Establishes and maintains effective relationships with UNRWA management and evaluands,
partners of the Agency, and the DIOS Audit and Investigation Divisions.
Ensures that evaluations are useful and that evaluation findings and recommendations are

followed up:

– Prepares reports and briefings on evaluation activities and results for the Agency’s
Commissioner General and Senior Management, representative bodies of the Agency and the
UNRWA Advisory Committee on Internal Oversight.
– Organizes meetings, workshops and other discussion fora to establish a dialogue on
evaluation results (recommendations/lessons learned).
– Ensures that management responds to recommendations and monitors the follow up on
Effectively deploys human and financial resources of the Evaluation Division:
– Develops the evaluation work plan, including evaluation activities agreed with field offices
during the annual planning process.
– Plans the human and financial resources needed for the Evaluation Division in close
collaboration with the Director, Department of Internal Oversight Services.
– Supervises and coaches evaluation staff.
– Selects and supervises evaluation consultants and firms.


UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core
Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by
default. Default managerial competencies may apply.
Leading and Supervising
Creating and Maintaining Impact and Partnership
Deciding and Initiating Action
Persuading and Influencing
Formulating Strategies and Concepts
Creating and Innovating

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational
institution in Social Sciences, Business Administration, Statistics or a related field.
Job Specific Qualifications

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in
evaluation is required.
Unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, at least
two continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the
country(s) of citizenship is required.
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational
institution in Social Sciences, Business Administration, Statistics or a related field is required.


Excellent command of spoken and written English.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be
followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.
The incumbent will be required to reside in the field of assignment and travel in the Agency’s
area of operations.

Applicants have to complete the Personal History Profile (PHP) in inspira in order to be
considered. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience as per the
requirements in the Job Opening, in order to be considered.

A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become
eligible for an appointment to the same post or a similar post.
UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.
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A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying
experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
NB: work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not
considered an acceptable combination.
UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states,
regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA
is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the
difficult circumstances in which they live.
For more details on UNRWA, please visit: https://www.unrwa.org/United Nations
United Nations Considerations
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to
assignment by him or her.
UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current
UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from
under-represented groups.
At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the
necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due
regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of
qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and
inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with
disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when
requested and indicated in the application.
UNRWA Considerations
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence,
neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human
rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who
fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs.
Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed
violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law,
sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to
believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who
have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for
employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of
misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear
on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.
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.
The link to browse the JO is: https://careers.un.org/jobSearchDescription/226316?language=en

No Fee

How to apply

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time)
on the deadline date.
The link to browse the JO is: https://careers.un.org/jobSearchDescription/226316?language=en

deadline: 18-Feb-24

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