Monday 23 September 2019

Call for interest for Junior Consultants, Independent Office of Evaluation

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: IFAD – International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: International Consultant – Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement – Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-06

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Organizational context

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a global institution that is financial a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation. IFAD’s headquarters is within Rome, Italy, but operates much more than 90 countries.

The Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) of IFAD promotes accountability and learning through independent evaluations of IFAD’s work. In accordance with IFAD’s 2011 Evaluation Policy, IOE reports directly to your IFAD Executive Board.

Underneath the overall strategic, policy and management guidance associated with Director, IOE, and the day to day supervision of responsible IOE staff (lead evaluation specialist, senior evaluation officer or evaluation officer), the junior consultants will play a role in the conduct of IOE evaluations, including project level evaluations and higher-level evaluations (e.g. country strategy and programme evaluation, evaluation synthesis reports, corporate level evaluations).

The duration of the assignments can differ from one to six months in line with the needs.

Specific tasks can sometimes include the annotated following:

  • Collect, codify and analyse documentary data and prepare written inputs for the approach paper of evaluations;
  • Prepare desk review notes on specific country context, themes or projects;
  • Subscribe to organizing quantitative and data that are qualitative;
  • Support the organization of evaluation missions, and participate, as required, in evaluation missions and selected field work to assist with logistics and coordination, as well as the data collection process;
  • Analyze quantitative and data that are qualitative appropriate software applications;
  • Prepare written inputs as may best resume writing service e.g be required. draft working papers on selected themes and evaluation criteria or contributions towards the evaluation report that is main
  • Archive all documentation and analysis associated with the evaluation on the IOE Sharepoint environment (xDesk).
  • The task relationships associated with the senior consultants are primarily for information-gathering and exchange in support of studies and thematic assignments which will need to check out IFAD procedures and standards that include identifying sources that are reliable.

  • Familiarity with contemporary quantitative and evaluation that is qualitative and practices, preferably in the region of evaluation of agriculture and rural development interventions.
  • Field experience related to agricultural and rural development is desirable.
  • Communication skills: write clearly, succinctly and convincingly, listen and communicate to engage others.
  • Computer skills: full command of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and common Internet applications. Mastery of statistical analysis software is an advantage.
  • Advanced university degree (at least Master’s equivalent) in economics, agriculture, development studies, finance, management, public policy, social sciences or related studies.
  • At least two (2) several years of responsible experience with international development cooperation with give attention to evaluation, research, agriculture and development that is rural natural resources management
  • Knowledge on natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, climate change and related issues, including how they impact rural development and poverty reduction, a valuable asset.
  • Demonstrated experience writing that is academic papers;
  • Demonstrated experience with finding data and information through web-based sources;
  • Knowledge of the U.N. system therefore the international agriculture and rural development community.

Language requirements

  • Full command, both written and communication that is verbal in English;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French or Spanish are a valuable asset.
  • It must be noted that consultants are not staff of IFAD, and therefore this consultancy will not carry any expectation of employment using the Fund. Remuneration shall be based on the standards set for UN consultants.

    In the interest of making most cost effective use of funds and resources, we are only in a position to respond to applicants who will be short-listed for interview. Applicants who do not receive any feedback within 90 days must look into their application unsuccessful.


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