The Evaluation Group is responsible for the independent evaluation function of UNIDO in support of lesson learning and accountability, and provides a continuous feedback of insights gained from evaluations into the strategic decision-making process. Evaluation is an assessment, as systematic and impartial as possible, of a programme, a project or a theme. Independent evaluation provides evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful, enabling the timely incorporation of findings, recommendations and lessons learned into the decision-making processes at organization-wide, programme and project level. The Evaluation Group cooperates closely with, and supports the work of, the Bureau for Programme Design and Knowledge Management, and also supports the implementation of results-based management (RBM) and gender mainstreaming in UNIDO.
- Undertake and manage independent evaluations to determine the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
- Undertake and manage independent evaluations of global forum activities to determine their relevance and effectiveness.
- Monitor and track the implementation of recommendations by those in UNIDO who are responsible for the evaluated technical cooperation or global forum activity.
- Undertake strategic and thematic evaluations on cross-programmatic or institutional issues.
- Promote continuous improvement within the Organization through the application of evaluation findings, lessons learned and recommendations in policy and programme formulation and implementation, in close cooperation with the Bureau for Programme Design and Knowledge Management.
- Develop evaluation guidelines as well as methodological and training tools to support managers at UNIDO Headquarters and in the field with a view to ensuring that established quality standards are met in the whole technical cooperation cycle, with particular emphasis on evaluation and results management.
- Maintain dialogue with staff at Headquarters and in the field as well as stakeholders to strengthen the application of evaluation standards and ensure transparency and stakeholder participation in all stages of the evaluation process.
- Prepare reports on evaluation for submission to the policymaking organs.
- Maintain and develop partnerships with UN system organizations within the context of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and with OECD-DAC on evaluation-related work to ensure that UNIDO is fully abreast of developments in the evaluation field and able to implement good and best practices in evaluation.
- Support the implementation of a coherent and consistent system of results-based management in UNIDO.
- Support the mainstreaming of gender in technical cooperation, including development of indicators for monitoring.