Office of Evaluation and Internal Oversight (ODG/EIO)

Independent Evaluation Division (ODG/EIO/IED)

The UNIDO Independent Evaluation Division (ODG/EIO/IED) is responsible for conducting independent evaluations of UNIDO's major projects, programmes and technical cooperation activities. It also supports project managers and team leaders in conducting self-evaluations through design of methods. The UNIDO Evaluation Policy was adopted in 2006 and revised in 2015. The evaluation function supports learning, continuous improvement and accountability, and provides factual information about result and practices that feed into the programmatic and strategic decision-making processes. Evaluation is an assessment, as systematic and impartial as possible, of a programme, a project or a theme. Independent evaluations provide 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. ODG/EIO/IED is guided by the UNIDO Evaluation Policy, which is aligned to the norms and standards for evaluation in the UN system.


  • 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 management.
  • Undertake strategic, country and thematic evaluations on cross-programmatic or institutional issues.
  • Promote continuous improvement within the Organization through feeding of evaluation findings, lessons learned and recommendations into policy, strategy and programme formulation and implementation.
  • Promote the incorporation of evaluation findings and recommendations into the decisions of UNIDO appraisal and approval bodies; provide advisory services to the Executive Board for the approval of programmes and projects and in particular as concerns the integration of evaluation findings and recommendations and evaluability.
  • 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 evaluation processes.
  • Maintain dialogue with staff at Headquarters and in the Field as well as stakeholders to promote the application of evaluation standards and ensure independence, transparency and stakeholder participation in all stages of the evaluation process.
  • Prepare reports on evaluation findings and lessons learned 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 the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development – Development Assistance Committee (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.
  • Ensure that human rights and gender issues are duly considered in the conduct of evaluation and in evaluation reports.
  • Ensure that evaluation criteria are aligned to the UNIDO RBM framework and support, through the conduct of evaluation, that results information is collected and validated.