6 July 2017
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
This position is open for secondment only and participating States are kindly reminded that all costs in relation to assignment at the Secretariat must be borne by their authorities.
Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.
Seconded staff members in the OSCE Secretariat and Institutions are not entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance payable by the Organization.
The Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) is responsible for planning, organizing and carrying out internal audits, investigations, and independent evaluations of the Organization's activities including field operations in order to determine the adequacy of governance, risk management, and internal control, to ensure compliance with the regulatory framework, and to enhance performance, efficiency and effectiveness of operations. The evaluation section of OIO further contributes to organizational learning and helps to ensure the quality and relevance of the OSCE's work.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The Evaluation Officer applies professional evaluation standards to prepare, conduct and manage evaluations, and provides technical and research support for evaluations, as required. The incumbent will contribute to all phases of the evaluation processes, including the design of evaluations, data collection, analysis of financial and narrative information, and the supervision of consultants. He/she will keep abreast of the latest developments in evaluation methodology and practices, provide expert support to working and reference groups in specific evaluations, and help drive knowledge generation and management within the Office of Internal Oversight and beyond. Specifically, the Evaluation Officer:
Manages and conducts evaluations as requested, including developing the terms of reference for, and overseeing delivery by consultants;
Identifies and collects data necessary for specific evaluation activities and carries out systematic research and compares, contrasts and synthesizes complex data and other information in order to identify themes and findings as well as uses findings for writing of evidence-based evaluation reports;
Supports the logistics and co-ordination of field visits and works with the analytical inputs of other specialists in the area of evaluation, and prepares and executes surveys as requested;
Applies professional evaluation standards to independently validate financial and narrative information;
Participates in and provides expert support to reference groups; and supports identification and dissemination of lessons learned and best practices from evaluations;
Proactively gathers and disseminates information regarding developments in evaluation methodology and practice; identifies opportunities to improve evaluation metrics and methodologies;
Provides inputs to OIO's annual report and other reports produced by OIO, including checking accuracy and compliance with the OSCE style guide;
Performs other related duties and assignments as required.
First level university degree in social or economic sciences or a related field;
Broad knowledge of concepts and methodologies in evaluation and experience with research or academic review;
A minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience in evaluation work or social science research; including experience at the international level;
Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems, and ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments;
Good report-writing skills and the ability to convey complex information in a clear and concise manner;
Appreciation of the need to observe confidentiality in a highly-sensitive work area, including complying with procedures required by the Office of Internal Oversight;
Fully proficient computer skills and ability to use relevant software and other applications involved in evaluation work, ideally including, but not limited to: financial applications, survey software, Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPPS), advanced Excel skills, database skills, familiarity with statistical applications, spreadsheets and internet;
Professional fluency of the English language; working knowledge of Russian language would be an asset;
Demonstrated ability to work within a team including strong customer focus and good interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender balance.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, to offer an appointment at a lower grade or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see http://www.osce.org/states.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.
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