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VOPEs, a powerful factor in strengthening evaluation

The IOCE - VOPE Supportive Task Force is pleased to invite you to our upcoming webinar VOPEs, a powerful factor in strengthening evaluation. This is the first in a series of webinar for/by VOPEs in order to strength them with the day to day work, so from each webinar we will look for good practices, pathways and lesson learned from different VOPEs experiences.

This webinar will showcase the VOPE Supportive Task Force, the webinar campaign Launch / upcoming webinars and the new initiative about VOPE leadership Bootcamp. Then it will be followed by the participation of our main speaker Ziad Moussa, who will be discussing from his perspective and deep understanding about VOPEs, the importance of the VOPEs, as well the importance of being part of them, the role of VOPEs in strengthening evaluation and the need to strengthen VOPEs. Finally, an audience Q&A session will follow.

Webinar # 1: VOPEs, a powerful factor in strengthening evaluation

Date and time: October 19, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Live via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83019898442?pwd=aTBmRk03RWkyRmw2ZWVSTDNhcVd5dz09

Meeting ID: 830 1989 8442

Passcode: 121964

 

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact rodrigoluna24@gmail.com and/or bekeletsigereda@gmail.com

Senior Evaluation Specialist (P-5), Evaluation Office, NYHQ, FT # 71853

Location: United States

Deadline: 4 Nov 2021 11:55 PM

Under the direction of the Director of Evaluation Office, the Senior Evaluation Specialist is responsible for the Evaluation Office's global portfolio of institutional effectiveness evaluations – i.e., those evaluations that transcend individual sectoral areas (e.g., health, education, WASH, child protection) and assess UNICEF's overall organizational performance on measures of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and other evaluation criteria.

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Evaluation and Knowledge Management Specialist

Host entity: UNICEF
Country: Kenya
Location, Country: Nairobi (KEN)
Language skills: English, French
Expected Starting Date: Immediate
Duration: 12 months
Application deadline: 07 September 2021
 
Eligibility criteria
 
Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
 
Description of task
 
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Evaluation Adviser, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

1. Strengthen regional evaluation function and capacity development

Support the implementation of revised Regional Evaluation Framework and Action Plan, in accordance with the 2018 Evaluation Policy, and build regional evaluation capacity.

  • Monitor and report on the implementation of Regional Evaluation Framework and Action Plan and its key indicators against targets.
  • Support the implementation and update(s) of regional evaluation-related guidance notes on evaluation management and use, quality assurance, and national evaluation capacity development (NECD).
  • Organize and plan regular regional evaluation network meetings with relevant colleagues at country, regional and headquarter levels, focusing on regional priorities and key evaluation topics.
  • Provide evaluation capacity development support at the country and regional levels, including the design and delivery of training curricula.
  • Support the NECD activities and management of NECD related partnerships (including the regional Programme Cooperation Agreement with CLEAR-AA) at country and regional levels.
  • Support the development of, and maintain region-specific guidance on a range of topics, including:
  • Country Programme Evaluation terms of reference
  • Standard operating procedures for country offices on evaluation planning, management, quality assurance and use
  • Support other tasks related to strengthening the regional evaluation function, including providing support to country offices and the regional office in increasing evaluability, evaluation coverage, evaluation quality, independence of evaluation function in country offices, etc.

2. Evaluation design, management, quality assurance and use

Support the planning, management and quality assurance of country-level, multi-country and regional evaluations, as assigned by the Regional Evaluation Adviser.

  • Support evaluation planning, design, management and use of specific evaluations (and evaluative work) of country offices.
  • Support the quality assurance function of the Evaluation Section, reviewing terms of reference, inception reports and draft evaluation reports.
  • Support the management of regional evaluations (and evaluative work), in accordance with the 2018 Evaluation Policy and regional guidance notes on Evaluation Management and Use and Quality Assurance.

3. Regional knowledge management, peer support and networking

Facilitate the sharing of, and learning from, evaluation-related lessons, conclusions and recommendations, and support knowledge exchanges on content and methods across and beyond a range of regional stakeholders.

  • Maintain and update the Evaluation page of UNICEF ESARO public website.
  • Manage ESARO Evaluation Section’s SharePoint collaboration site and ensure the organization of document libraries and their contents and the accessibility to relevant users.
  • Provide knowledge sharing and knowledge management supports to country offices on evaluation-related topics and matters.
  • Liaise with the Evaluation Office at headquarters on Evidence Information Systems Integration (EISI) record keeping and related questions/issues.
  • Support ESARO’s Evaluation Section’s engagement in and contribution to United Nations Network for Evaluation in Eastern and Southern Africa (UNNEESA).
  • Develop knowledge products or organize knowledge sharing/peer learning events for different audiences on lessons, conclusions and recommendations from country-specific, multi-country and regional evaluations.
Qualifications/Requirements
 
Required degree level
Master degree or equivalent
 
Educational additional comments
Advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics, international development or development economics
 
Required experience
48 Months
 
Experience remark
  • At least four (4) years professional work experience related to evaluation, research and/or knowledge management/learning
  • Experience in conducting research and analysis on social and economic issues and in conducting meta-analyses or systematic reviews
  • Demonstrated interest and skills in knowledge sharing, peer learning and networking
  • Experience in working with multiple stakeholders at different levels – including government, civil society, and other development partners
  • Familiarity with the development context of Eastern and Southern African countries.
Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise
 
Monitoring and evaluation, Knowledge management, archiving and documentation
 
Area of expertise details
 
evaluation, research and/or knowledge management/learning
 
Driving license
 
Competencies values
 
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams
 
Application procedure
 
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 07 September 2021
 
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Evaluation Specialist, FT, P-4, Nairobi, Kenya, ESARO

Job no: 544001
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: P-4
Location: Kenya
Categories: Monitoring and Evaluation

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, results.

The Evaluation Section currently consists of four positions, the Regional Evaluation Adviser, who reports directly to the Regional Director, two Multi-Country Evaluation Specialists covering Francophone and Southern African countries respectively, and the Evaluation Specialist, whose job is described here.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Regional Evaluation Adviser of UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), the incumbent will support UNICEF ESARO and all the 21 country offices in the region to strengthen the capacity and performance of evaluation systems and the implementation, monitoring and reporting on UNICEF’s evaluation policy. The incumbent will lead the tracking of evaluation performance in the region, commission and manage high quality regional and Country Programme Evaluations, and ensure the use of evaluations to guide the design and implementation of programmes in ESARO and country offices.

Key functions/accountabilities:

  • Responsible for supporting the implementation of the evaluation policy in the region and putting in place systems for achievement of the evaluation KPIs related to evaluation planning, quality of evaluations and use of evaluations. This includes the development of evaluation plans, maintenance of an evaluation quality assurance facility, development and tracking of management responses for evaluations undertaken in the Regional Office and country offices, and periodic reporting on the evaluation function.
  • Lead in the design and conduct of regional thematic and programme evaluations in development and humanitarian settings, including country programme evaluations, and participate as needed in the conduct of country office-managed evaluations.
  • Lead in the further development of an evaluation-focused knowledge management system in the regional office and support training of country teams and partners in evaluation standards and methodology.
  • Contribute towards the identification of knowledge gaps and evidence needs at the country and regional level and assist in planning, implementation, dissemination and use of evaluations.
  • Promote partnerships with other UN Agencies, International Financial Institutions and Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluators in support of national evaluation capacity and systems development and facilitate setting up national evaluation associations.
  • Provide any other type of technical support on evaluation as required by the regional and country offices – including planning, design, quality assurance and management – with particular attention to those offices not covered by the Multi-Country Evaluation Specialists. 

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences or relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in design, conduct and managing research and programme evaluations at national and/or international levels. Technical knowledge of latest developments and application of evaluation methodology to social programmes and knowledge of social statistics. Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or Portuguese is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness
  • Works Collaboratively with Others
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships
  • Innovates and Embraces Change
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically
  • Drive to Achieve Impactful Results
  • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Deadline: 05 Sep 2021 E. Africa Standard Time

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IPDET training for Parliaments in Asia Pacific

The International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) together with the Asia Pacific Evaluation Association (APEA), and the Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation (GPFE) are organizing a virtual Evaluation Capacity Development training for Parliamentarians and Parliament Research Staff from the Asia Pacific Region. This is the first training offered as part of the IPDET Global Outreach strategy.

We would like to kindly request VOPEs from Asia Pacific to nominate Parliamentarians and Parliament Research Staff they are working with already for the training. Please click here for more details on the IPDET Training 2021. 

If you need any further clarifications, please contact Randika De Mel: apea.coordinator@gmail.com  (Whats App: +1 480 248 4306 / +94 712 152 911). 

WFP Opportunity - Evaluation Officer P4 (Rome, Italy)

WFP are currently recruiting for an Evaluation Officer, at a P4 grade. This is a non-rotational position based in Rome, Italy. 

The incumbent will be providing independent evaluation evidence and assessing the performance and results of policies, programmes, country strategic plans and activities of WFP. This is to ensure accountability and learning to inform future direction. The ideal candidate for this role will have experience in leading or managing evaluation teams, as well as experience in development issues in both the field and HQ. 

Candidates can use the following link to learn more about the opportunity and apply to the Evaluation Officer, P4 role: https://bit.ly/WFPEvalP4

Seeking consultant: Performance Audit UNESCO Communication and Information Sector

The UNESCO Internal Oversight Service (IOS) is seeking a consultant to undertake work for a performance audit of the UNESCO Communication and Information (CI) Sector. The performance audit is jointly managed by the Audit and Evaluation Offices of IOS and led by a team of UNESCO audit and evaluation experts. It will apply both audit and evaluation approaches and methodologies.

The performance audit has the following objectives:

  • Assess the relevance, coherence, effectiveness and efficiency of UNESCO’s CI Sector;
  • Understand what works, why, and what requires improvement to better position the CI Sector
  • Analyse the role and performance of the two intergovernmental programmes IFAP and IPDC
  • Analyse success stories/ cases and low performing cases for sector-wide learning
  • Provide forward-looking recommendations for the future strategic direction and positioning of the sector

The consultant is expected to possess a minimum of seven years of professional experience in audit and/ or evaluation. Further details including the TOR can be found here on the UNEG website.

Please send Expressions of Interest to Refiloe Mohapi re.mohapi@unesco.org at IOS with the following:

  1. Technical Proposal consisting of latest CV and brief outline (max 2 pages) on proposed approach and methodology and comments on the TOR if any
  2. Financial proposal / expectation on daily fees

The deadline for application is 30 July 2021. Please share further with interested colleagues.

Renewal evaluation of the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology, a UNESCO Category 2 Centre based in Zadar, Republic of Croatia

The UNESCO Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit is looking for a team of experts/evaluators to carry out a renewal evaluation of the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology, a UNESCO Category 2 Centre based in Zadar, Republic of Croatia.

Proposals should reach UNESCO by 3 July 2021 (deadline extended).

Please click here for the full Call for Proposal.

EES' RFP for a new Secretariat / Association Management

After over a decade of working with our current provider, the European Evaluation Society (EES) is looking for a new Secretariat / Association Management to support its growing presence in the international evaluation community.

Refer to the RFP to companies or individuals working in the European Time Zone (CET/CEST) that would be interested in such an opportunity. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021.

For any questions about the RFP please contact karinkohlweg@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

 

 

IOCE launches professionalization video series

Over the next few months, IOCE will be putting up short videos to introduce the most salient issues when talking about professionalization. 

Professionalization in evaluation is not uniformly practised and there are many ways to achieve it.  

IOCE will not be telling you how to professionalize in your context and with your resources, because they are unique to you. 

Through the videos, we will encourage dialogue regarding the HOW: how can you translate these ideas into practice in your national and regional VOPEs. The videos will discuss what we mean by professionalization, what is credentialing, competencies, and standards among others. 

So please stay tuned for forthcoming videos from the IOCE!

VIDEO 1: Donna Podems & Sonal Zaveri from the IOCE Professionalization Taskforce introduce the series and what to expect

 

Global Evaluation Agenda 2020 Review Survey!

Dear IOCE Members,

Greetings from EvalPartners! 

You are invited to provide input into a key review survey as part of a stocktaking exercise for the EvalAgenda2020. EvalPartners taskforce on EvalAgenda is excited to launch a stocktaking of actions inspired by the EvalAgenda, which includes this survey and a review of other sources of data. The exercise will gather data from EvalPartners networks, key partners, VOPEs and other key actors who have contributed to EvalAgenda and are inspired by it.  

A common Global Evaluation Agenda was first developed in 2015, known as EvalAgenda2020. This document set out 4 dimensions for shared action within the global evaluation community: 

  1. Strengthening an enabling environment for evaluation, 
  2. Strengthening institutional capacities, including those of VOPEs and civil society, 
  3. Strengthening individual capacities for evaluation, and 
  4. Strengthening the inter-linkages between each of these dimensions. 

We are looking forward to continuing global collaboration and partnership through a shared global EvalAgenda. We are beginning by reviewing the EvalAgenda2020 and will gather input about what should be included in a renewed EvalAgenda. 

Please complete this survey until 5 June 2021 to share information about actions and progress in key dimensions of EvalAgenda2020 and provide input to a renewed EvalAgenda for global collaboration. 

There are several detailed questions relating to all actions and outcomes laid out in EvalAgenda2020. The survey is divided into seven sections. Please skip any questions or sections that are not relevant to you. It can take from 10 minutes up to an hour to complete the survey depending on how much inputs you would like to provide. 

Global Evaluation Agenda 2020 Review Survey Link are below: 
English: bit.ly/3qOjgkr
French: bit.ly/3dEa6Cx
Spanish: bit.ly/3hkKIp4
Arabic: bit.ly/3uFT2TP

The survey is designed in a very user-friendly structure; and gives you the ability to submit your responses at any of the sections or skip from one section to another to navigate. 

If you have questions about this survey or your participation, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Farina, Evidence Matters Program Lead at (sfarina@broadleafconsulting.ca) with a copy to Samandar Mahmodi, EvalPartners Coordinator at (coordinator@evalpartners.org). 

Bests, 
EvalPartners Secretariat
www.evalpartners.org/evidencematters
 

IOCE Launches New Logo!

Dear VOPE members & IOCE partners,

As we start the new year, we are delighted to communicate a few new beginnings at the IOCE.

It’s with great excitement that we unveil the new IOCE logo! We have opened this decision to the global evaluation community in December 2020, asking you to vote for your favourite design.

Two designs were in the running, but the design that received the eval community and the IOCE Board’s final vote during today’s inaugural Board Meeting of 2021, is the one below:

The IOCE acts as the international umbrella body for Voluntary Organisations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) across the globe and represents the VOPE voice within the EvalPartners family. Some of you may therefore recognise the visual element in our new logo…

A new identity that aligns more closely with EvalPartners and its visible family of networks: EvalYouth, EvalGender+, EVALSDGs, EvalIndigenous and the Global Parliamentary Forum for Professional Evaluation (GPFE). An identity that supports the message of cooperation, collaboration and partnership in evaluation, above all.

We look forward to rolling out the new logo and visual identity in the coming weeks, coupled with a webinar about the IOCE’s new chapter in the first quarter of the year.

We also take the greatest pleasure in introducing a new member to the IOCE Board. A warm welcome to Sana Ben Salem, who is representing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to the Board, and brings a wealth of experience through her participation in various evaluation networks and national associations.

When I took on the role as President of the IOCE, my statement read that the Global Crisis presents a one-time and maybe last time opportunity to rethink, strengthen and maximize the commitment and contributions of the evaluation profession and organizations for a better, inclusive and more sustainable world. In 2021, we hope to strengthen collaboration with all our partners globally to bring us a step closer to this world we envision.

Sincerely,
Silvia Salinas Mulder
IOCE President

 

Click here to read the full article in French
Click here to read the full article in Spanish

World Food Programme - Evaluation Consultant (Team Leader), International CST-IV, DS:Remotely, with travel to Malawi at spe

World Food Programme (WFP) seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

 

Learn more and apply here: https://career5.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=134410&company=C0000168410P

Looking for consultants for tools for user support for OHCHR Programme Monitoring System (PMS)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is looking for an external consultant to develop/modify tools for user support for OHCHR Performance Monitoring System (PMS) based on the Results-Based Management principle of the United Nations. This task will be undertaken from October to December 2020. Draft Terms of Reference are attached with more information on the assignment.

 

We are looking for a consultant according to this profile:

  • Advanced university degree in business administration, public administration, management, computer science or related field. A first degree in combination with a qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  •  
  • Minimum five years of experience in project or programme management issues in complex systems.  Work experience in results-based management is desirable. Experience in the field of programme management, project coordination, designing, developing and implementation of line of business systems and providing user support in the UN or international context is an advantage.
  •  
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  •  
  • Good knowledge of W3C web standards, Semantic Markup (XTHML / CSS, DOM etc.);
  •  
  • Good understanding of front-end web design.

 

Consultants interested in participating in the selection process for this evaluation consultancy, please register through inspira.un.org and send your updated UN PHP from Inspira to thirano@ohchr.org. The deadline for this is September 29.

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Call for expression of interest for the evaluation of the International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement under the auspices of UNESCO (Category 2)

Closing date: 24 June 2020

Approximate duration of assignment: The assignment will entail a one week mission. UNESCO would not expect the contractor to travel if this involves any risk to his/her health in the context of the current pandemic and that the evaluation methodology should be adapted accordingly. Otherwise, meetings and interviews will be conducted remotely via technical devices - and two additional weeks for data analysis and reporting.

Location: Asia, Republic of Korea

More info

 

HQ20NF119 - Expression of Interest (EOI) to provide Evaluation Services to UN WFP worldwide

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the Food Aid Agency of the United Nations System with its Headquarters in Rome at via Cesare G. Viola. 68, will launch a tender for the establishment of a pool of pre-qualified suppliers for the provision of Evaluation Services worldwide. Successful bidders will be offered a Long-Term Agreement (LTA). It is expected that the LTA will remain valid for a minimum duration of 3 years, with the possibility of extension.

If your company wishes to participate in this tender you are required to respond to the request for Expression of Interest which has been published on the UNGM website 

The EOI documents in three different languages (English, Spanish and French) have been attached to the latter link.

If you have any queries please send us an e-mail to hq.tenders@wfp.org in reply to this e-mail, making sure that the subject line remains the same.  

Doing Business with the UN World Food Programme("WFP")

A Call to Arms Webinar on Capitalism from ¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Inc.

While COVID-19 exacerbates the cruelties of our economic and political systems on a global scale, it also creates an environment ripe to continuously critique capitalist values and frameworks in both the programs we aim to understand and our evaluation practice. We ask: How can we work toward the liberation of ourselves and others if we are capitalist evaluators (un)intentionally serving a profit-over-people agenda? What would it look like to investigate unregulated capitalism in your next evaluation or explore data metrics related to the impact of privatization on the people you serve?

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Notice is hereby given of the IOCE Annual General Meeting To be held on Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 9:00 am EDT

Notice is hereby given of the IOCE Annual General Meeting To be held on Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 9:00 am EDT Via Zoom 

As per IOCE Bylaw 47. Voting of Members: Full VOPE Members (Contributing VOPE Members) are qualified to vote. The nominated representative of each Full VOPE Member attending the annual meeting shall be entitled to a single vote, even if other representatives of the Full VOPE Member organisations attend the annual meeting. We want to hear from you! Please send us any questions you have about any of the 2019 activities or plans for 2020. This will help us be prepared when answering your questions.

IOCE NOTICE TO MEMBERS

Topics and questions can be sent to lynn@ioce.net

IOCE AGM AGENDA

 

 

UNESCO - PRINCIPAL EVALUATION SPECIALIST

Post Number : IOS002; IOS008 (Two identical positions)

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Internal Oversight Service (IOS)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Management/Audit/Oversight

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 27-APR-2020

 

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

 

Principal Evaluation Specialist

The Principle Evaluation Specialist, under the authority of Director of the Internal Oversight Service (IOS) and the supervision of the Head of Evaluation, will assist the Evaluation Office’s efforts in providing evaluation driven evidence-based advice on improvement of UNESCO’s activities/programmes/projects as per scheduled IOS evaluation work plans.  

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