Member Details -Susanne Frueh

Susanne Frueh

Director, Internal Oversight Service
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
and UNEG Chair

Duty Station Paris

UNEG Member Since 1996

Bio Knowledge Areas Areas of Interests My Publications


Susanne has some 30 years of work experience with seven different UN entities combining operational and management experience with hands-on evaluation, results-based management and strategic planning expertise. Following work in consulting and programme management during her earlier career, she has worked at senior leadership level in the evaluation functions of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF),1996 - 1999, the World Food Programme (WFP), 1999-2002 and the UN Office for Humanitarian Coordination (UNOCHA), 2002-2007.  Between 2009 and 2014 she was the executive secretary of the Joint Inspection Unit, a subsidiary body to the United Nations General Assembly with system-wide mandate for evaluation, inspection and investigations.

In July 2014 Susanne took up her current position as the director of the internal oversight service of UNESCO in Paris.  In this function she directs the internal audit, evaluation and investigations functions of UNESCO and is a member of UNESCO's Senior Management Team. 

In 2011, Susanne was nominated by the Secretary-General to be a member of the Interim Coordination Mechanism for system-wide evaluation responsible for developing and negotiating a new UN policy on independent system-wide evaluation. She also served as an Advisory Board member of the mid-term review on the Hyogo Framework for Action (2011-12) and as a peer panelist or peer advisor on the evaluation functions/policies of FAO (2004, 2016), WFP (2007,2013/14), IFAD (2015), the UN Office for Internal Oversight Services (2012) and UNRWA (2015).

Susanne holds a number of professional credentials such as memberships in the American and European Evaluation Associations (AEA, EEA), member of the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) since 1996, serving on its then Executive Committee for two years, an Advisory Board member of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEVAL) since 2013.. She is the holder of an M.Sc. in Geography from the University of South Carolina (USA), obtained in 1986 and two bachelor-level certificates in Geography (with minors in Political Science and Sociology) and American Studies obtained in 1983 and 1984 from the Justus-Liebig Universitaet, Giessen (Germany).   Her Master's Thesis evaluated the social, economic and evironmental impact of mass tourism on CanCun, Mexico.

Knowledge Areas

Humanitarian assistance

Development programming



Strategic Planning

Environmental Impact


Performance audit

UN system-wide policy and programme issues

Agenda 2030

Areas of Interests

Impact evaluation

CommunicationsPparticipatory evaluation

normative evaluation


culturally-sensitive evaluation



My Publications