Office of Evaluation (OED)

About OED

Our role

The FAO Office of Evaluation (OED) was established as a separate organizational entity in January 2010 - an outcome of the Immediate Plan of Action for FAO Renewal approved by the FAO Conference in November 2008. However, an evaluation function has existed in FAO since 1968. FAO’s new evaluation policy is enshrined in the Charter for the FAO Office of Evaluation. OED reports jointly to both the Director-General and to the Council, the latter through the Programme Committee. Evaluation functions as part of the overall oversight regime in FAO, along with external audit, internal audit, inspection and investigation. The Office assures the effective operation of the evaluation system in the Organization. It also plays an active role in UN System inter-agency discussions for strengthening and harmonizing evaluation approaches and criteria. All FAO evaluations, management responses and follow-up reports are available to the public through OED Website.

Our tasks

  • dynamic development of the Organization's evaluation system;
  • evaluating the technical, analytical, information, advisory and norm setting programmes of the Organization;
  • maintaining a comprehensive data bank on the findings of evaluations;
  • disseminating the findings of evaluation and reporting to the Governing Bodies;
  • promoting and facilitating feedback from evaluation for Organizational learning and improvement;
  • providing a technical resource for member countries on programme and project monitoring and evaluation.

Our staff

The Office has ten professional evaluators, including the Director, four evaluation analysts and three support staff. The Office's professional evaluators have worked throughout the developing world. They have backgrounds in the social sciences or agriculture and a wide experience of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related rural development and environmental issues.