Vacancy Announcement Details

Evaluation Officer for the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP)

26 Jul 2022

FAO

Organizational Setting
The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. RAP also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RAP develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Association of South East Asian nations (ASEAN), South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) and the Pacific Community (SPC).

The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development' and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

The post is located in RAP.

Reporting Lines
Under the overall supervision of the Assistance Director-General/Regional Representative in RAP, the Evaluation Officer reports to the Senior Field Programme Officer, and maintains co-ordination with functional groups and officers leading Monitoring and Evaluation (M-E) and Knowledge Management, Communications, Partnership and Resource Mobilization, and Strategic Framework Programme and Delivery in RAP.

Technical Focus
Thematic and programme evaluations, decentralized evaluations, use of evaluation results, evaluation capacity development.

Key Results
Increased results accountability and lessons learning at the corporate and unit level.

Key Functions
•    Plans, designs and manages decentralized evaluations ensuring submission of reports according to deadlines.
•    Conducts quality control or assure decentralized evaluations.
•    Takes measures to enhance the utilization as well as the ownership of evaluations in Decentralized Offices.
•    Participates in developing, enhancing and testing evaluation methodologies, determining their applicability in different contexts, and keeps abreast of latest developments.
•    Liaises with technical and operational divisions and offices to enhance the planning, design and utilization of decentralized evaluations.
•    Manages post-evaluation communications, including lessons from evaluations, making them available to various stakeholders.
•    Performs other duties as required.

Specific Functions
Decentralized Evaluations planning, coordination and management:
•    In collaboration with OED, reviews and agrees on evaluation plans and timelines for the completion of decentralized evaluations.
•    Liaises with relevant country offices on the process, timelines, completion and launch of each decentralized evaluation.
•    Coordinates and monitors the overall implementation of evaluation plans and reports to the regional senior management team and OED accordingly.
•    Ensures budget and needed resources availability for each decentralized evaluation.
•    Reviews relevant background documentation and liaises with project key informants to develop evaluation terms of reference (ToRs), including evaluation design and methodology.
•    Identifies the evaluation team and launches their recruitment, in line with FAO processes and procedures.
•    Applies OED evaluation policies, guidance and standards, and ensures Quality Assurance of evaluations by review and quality check of all deliverables of the evaluation team, including inception report, draft and final evaluation report.
•    Oversees the completion of management response and dissemination of decentralized evaluation reports.

Communication, outreach and capacity development:
•    Identifies, along with Country Office evaluation focal points and Regional Office representatives and in coordination with programme, strategic analysis and knowledge management teams, opportunities for communication and dissemination of relevant evaluation results.
•    Organizes communication and knowledge sharing events in the region to promote use of evaluation results, in collaboration with the regional knowledge management teams.
•    Gathers information on main lessons and recommendations for different topics and shares them with all concerned stakeholders, either through webinars or specific presentations or syntheses.
•    Contributes to the development and implementation of capacity building activities for evaluation focal points and other FAO actors involved in evaluation processes in the region.
•    Act as focal point to coordinate support needed from the regional office to other evaluation exercises in the region.
•    Synthesizes and translates recommendations and lessons learned from evaluations into programme formulation, thematic learning, and policy design, and creating learning opportunities at regional and country level.
•    Contributes to RAP strategic planning on improving overall MEAL processes in the region.
•    Contributes to OED decentralization strategy development and implementation.
•    Identifies capacity development needs of key staff in the regional, subregional and country offices, and develops and implements capacity building plans and activities.

Full details available on the FAO website. Application deadline 15th August.