Evaluation Capacity Development Specialist, Evaluation Office, Nairobi, Kenya, P-4

Evaluation Capacity Development Specialist, Evaluation Office, Nairobi, Kenya, P-4.

  • Level: P-4
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 08 Mar 2024 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya

Note: This position will be moved to Nairobi, Kenya by August 2025

The Position:

The position is Home based until the Evaluation Office is relocated to Nairobi, Kenya, with its incumbent, by 2025. The Evaluation Capacity Development Specialist reports directly to the Director, UNFPA Evaluation Office, with a matrixed reporting relation with the Lead, Decentralized Evaluation Team, as the secondary supervisor. 

Evaluation Capacity Development Specialist, Evaluation Office, Nairobi, Kenya, P-4

The incumbent will assist the Director of the Evaluation Office in complying with UNFPA’s Evaluation Policy and support the implementation of the Evaluation Office’s multi-year costed evaluation plan. The incumbent will promote the use of evaluation results through engagement in the review of strategic documents and country programme documents.

As a member of the Decentralized Evaluation Team, the incumbent will contribute to strengthening the decentralized evaluation function, methods, quality assurance and assessment and capacity development on evaluation. The incumbent will support the implementation of the team’s annual work programme under the supervision of the Decentralized Evaluation team Lead.

The incumbent will conduct and manage centralized evaluations that are impartial, independent, credible and meet professional standards.

This position will require the establishment of strong and effective working relations with Policy and Strategic Division, HQ business units and Regional M&E Advisors in regional offices.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

The Evaluation Office is the custodian of the evaluation function. It reports functionally to the Executive Board and administratively to the Executive Director. The office is independent from the operational, management and decision-making functions in the organization, and is impartial, objective and free from undue influence.

The Evaluation Office conducts or commissions centralized evaluations, including selected country programme and regional programme evaluations, selected major country-level humanitarian evaluations, as well as other types of evaluations. It develops evaluation standards, criteria and methodological guidance and maintain evaluation quality assessment mechanisms.

The Evaluation Office provides the necessary capacity development on issues related to evaluation and engage in partnerships with professional evaluation networks, such as the United Nations Evaluation Group and the Interagency Humanitarian Evaluation Group, and support the harmonization of the evaluation function in the United Nations system. It also promotes multistakeholder and intergenerational partnerships to strengthen national evaluation capacities, including meaningful involvement of young evaluators.

Qualifications and Experience: 


Advanced university degree in social sciences, public health, economics, demography or management. 

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • 7 years of experience in managing complex evaluations
  • At least 5 years of experience in strengthening evaluation functions within the UN system or in multi-lateral or bilateral environments
  • At least 3 years experience in managing Evaluation Quality assurance systems 
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience in UNFPA core programme areas will be considered an asset
  • Demonstrable experience in conducting workshops and training on evaluation


Fluency in English is required, both written and spoken. Fluency in Spanish or French is a very strong asset.

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