Do you want to lead the crucial work of evaluating Norwegian development assistance and contributing to knowledge from evaluation being used to further strengthen, develop, and improve Norwegian aid?
We are looking for a Director of Evaluation to head our independent Department of evaluation. The Department of evaluation is tasked with planning, initiating, and carrying out thematic evaluations of activities financed by the Norwegian aid budget, which totaled about 40 billion NOK in 2021.
A new instruction and strategy for evaluation was prepared in January 2022;
High quality evaluation is of the utmost importance for the use and effective management of aid and for the development of policy. The Director of Evaluation reports directly to the Secretaries General of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Climate and Environment. At Norad, you will work with the Director General to facilitate and inform the Norwegian aid system for evaluation and learning.
Tasks and responsibilities
As Director of Evaluation you are responsible for:
- Initiating and conducting independent evaluations of development cooperation to assess whether the programs and activities supported by Norwegian Development Assistance are producing the expected results.
- Incorporating evaluation assessments and findings into recommendations to help improve the effectiveness of Norwegian Development Assistance
- Further develop evaluation as a tool in Norwegian development assistance and improve the quality of evaluations. In this, the Director will work closely with relevant international and national knowledge and evaluations entities and communities.
- Liaise with the evaluation heads of other international bilateral and multilateral development assistance agencies and networks to foster open information, knowledge sharing, development and use of best practice procedures and guidelines across the agencies and networks.
- Managing the personnel, budgets, and work programs of the Evaluation Department.
Experience and qualifications
We seek experienced candidates with the following background and competencies:
- A proven track record of effective management.
- Strong knowledge and understanding of the role of evaluation in development assistance. Experience from evaluation, research, or analyses is necessary.
- Relevant education at minimum Master’s level
- Excellent communications skills, both in oral and written form. Candidates who not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language fluently, are expected to learn Norwegian equivalent to B2 (The Common European Framework of reference for languages) within two years.
- Experience from international development assistance is an advantage
As Director of Evaluation, you have a strong motivation to facilitate the use of knowledge to improve aid, have extensive experience from either research or evaluation and the requisite competence to understand how knowledge can be used to affect change.
Personal and leadership skills
Suitable candidates would:
- Have strong interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to analyze and prioritize activities.
- Be independent and capable of dealing with professional opposition and criticism.
- Be able to work with a broad network of stakeholders and partners, both within and outside of Norwegian government and nationally and internationally.
- Be transparent and open to differing views and others’ ideas and encourage the same behavior in their work environment.
- Promote an empowering work environment where people are engaged and have the resources necessary to do their jobs, while holding team members accountable for results and improvement.
Personal suitability will be emphasized in the assessment of the applicants.
- An interesting position with opportunities to work with professional networks both nationally and internationally
- A position where you work with a highly competent department, assessed by the OECD/DAC peer review in 2019 as having a strong approach to strategic evaluations, with motivated team members.
- Modern office facilities centrally located in Oslo
It is a permanent position and the salary level is between NOK 948.900,- – 1.169.500,- Higher remuneration can be considered for specially qualified applicants.
Feel free to contact Mercuri Urval at Ole Petter Bratteberg phone +47 975 59 036 for further information. All contact with Mercuri Urval is treated Confidentially, if desired also for the client.
Application deadline: 22 May 2022 - Apply for the position by clicking here