United Nations Industrial Development Organization

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) was established in 1966 as an autonomous body within the United Nations.  As a specialized agency of the United Nations with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability, the mandate of UNIDO is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition.

UNIDO's vision is a world where economic development is inclusive and sustainable and economic progress is equitable. The Organization focuses on three main thematic areas:

  • Poverty reduction through productive activities
  • Trade capacity-building
  • Energy and environment

The Organization is recognized as a specialized and efficient provider of key services meeting the interlinked challenges of reducing poverty through productive activities, integrating developing countries in global trade through trade capacity-building, fostering environmental sustainability in industry, and improving access to clean energy. 

In carrying out the core requirements of its mandate and mission, UNIDO has more than doubled its technical cooperation delivery over the past ten years. At the same time, it has also substantially increased its mobilization of financial resources, testifying to the growing international recognition of the Organization as an effective provider of ISID services.

UNIDO website: www.unido.org

Evaluation Function Snapshot Independence Agenda Setting & Evaluation Planning Quality Assurance Use of Evaluation Joint Evaluation

Evaluation Function

The UNIDO Independent Evaluation Division (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 and in 2018.

UNIDO has a systematic process for the management and the conduct of evaluations and IED undertakes an average of 20 evaluations per annum. These evaluations are a mix of independent thematic, country and project evaluations. IED's work has increased over the last decade, from only a few evaluations conducted in the early 2000s.

The evaluation expenditure for IED has been USD 300,000 per annum. This figure does not include evaluations undertaken by donors of UNIDO projects, project evaluations financed by the respective projects nor UNIDO staff. There are one Chief, two professional and two general service staff in IED. Evaluations are undertaken independently by IED and there is a dedicated evaluation page on the UNIDO website where the evaluation policy, work programme and evaluation reports are posted.

IED focuses on managing and conducting evaluations and on the design and implementation of evaluation-related training and quality assurance of evaluation reports.


Promoting a culture of evaluation in-house

In line with the evaluation policy, IED is UNIDO's focal point for evaluation know-how. IED, in collaboration with the UNIDO Human Resources Management Branch, develops and conducts training for the staff within the Organization and for external stakeholders including staff of counterpart ministries.

UNIDO Independent Evaluation Division on the internet: https://www.unido.org/resources/evaluation




  • Evaluation Policy
  • Evaluation Manual
  • Priorities
    • Contributing to accountability and organizational learning within UNIDO and among external stakeholders
    • Ensuring that evaluation findings and recommendations feed into ongoing and future projects, and contribute to strategy and policy development.
    • The UNIDO Evaluation function adheres to UNEG Norms and Standards, in particular independence, credibility and utility; and is kept abreast of the latest thinking and approaches in the evaluation area.
  • Human Resources
    • Unit Head: 1 (M/Chief)
    • Evaluators : 2 (F)
    • Support staff : 2 (F)
  • Evaluations produced per year by central unit and by decentralized units
    • 20 evaluations per year (average)
  • Key resource:


IED is located in the Office of Evaluation and Internal Oversight (ODG/EIO) that reports to the Office of the Director General (ODG).

The IED Chief reports to the Director of ODG/EIO and manages the evaluation budget and has the authority to clear and issue evaluation reports. The Executive Board allocates resources through ODG/EIO to IED and appoints the IED Chief.

Agenda Setting & Evaluation Planning

IED prepares a biennial work programme and budget which provides the framework for IED's activities. The work programme and budget is approved by the UNIDO Executive Board. Line managers, project managers and team leaders are also involved in the process. The IED work programme and budget is available online and covers the timing of evaluations, priority areas and the needed resources.

Stakeholder involvement and national evaluation capacity development

The UNIDO evaluation policy refers specifically to involving stakeholders throughout the evaluation process. Professionals from countries and regions subject to evaluation are included as part of the evaluation team and evaluation teams are gender balanced.


Quality Assurance

In line with the evaluation policy, IED maintains an internal quality assurance system of its workflow and reports, and a reference framework. IED has developed a quality tool which identifies processes and products of key importance to the quality of IED work and, more importantly, defines the rules for quality assurance of evaluation reports. With regard to the latter, and on the basis of the UNEG Quality Checklist for Evaluation Reports, IED has developed a checklist that is used for quality assurance of its evaluation reports.

Use of Evaluation

UNIDO management responds to recommendations from evaluations through a Management Response Sheet (MRS). The evaluation report and the MRS are disseminated by the Chief of IED. Line managers are responsible for follow-up. UNIDO management and evaluated entities follow-up systematically on the implementation of evaluation recommendations. IED monitors the acceptance and implementation of recommendations and reports annually to UNIDO management.  

Evaluation results and findings are disseminated both internally and externally. Lessons learned from evaluations are extracted systematically and results are communicated during senior management meetings and meetings with operational management. IED also organizes briefings for Member States representatives on evaluation findings and recommendations. An evaluation repository is available online with reports categorized by type of evaluation.


Joint Evaluation

For projects that have been implemented jointly, the practice is to conduct a joint evaluation. The evaluation policy refers specifically to the importance of joint evaluations as a means of assessing the effectiveness of the UN system at the country level.

UNEG Members

Javier Guarnizo

Chief - , UNIDO

Independent Evaluation Division

Michaela Berndl

Senior Evaluation Assistant, UNIDO

Independent Evaluation Division


Evaluation Officer, UNIDO

Independent Evaluation Division

Simone La Rosa Monier

Senior Evaluation Assistant, UNIDO

Independent Evaluation Division

Thuy Thu LE


Fact Sheet