United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (Spotlight Initiative)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

The European Union and the United Nations have launched the Spotlight Initiative, a multi-year programme aimed at addressing all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG), and harmful practices.  It will follow a transformative and evidence-based approach, addressing unequal power relations between men and women and focusing on gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as ending impunity for VAWG.  In line with the principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Initiative will follow a human rights-based approach and take into consideration the specific needs of women and girls who experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and uphold the principle of “leaving no one behind.” The Spotlight Initiative aims to support transformative change on the ground to end violence against women and girls, in numerous countries globally, including Trinidad and Tobago. The initiative comes with the highest level of commitment globally and will be governed by the UN Deputy Secretary General and the Vice President of the EU Commission.

This position is in line with the spirit of the new generation of Resident Coordinator offices, with the new skillset and competencies required to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, as well as the EU/UN Spotlight Initiative.

Under the direct supervision of the Spotlight Programme Coordinator, the M&E Officer will support and guide the development and implementation of the Spotlight M&E framework. The M&E Officer will work closely with Spotlight Programme Coordinator, and the UN agencies through Coordination with the Monitoring & Evaluation Group (M&E focal points in RUNOs), and the Spotlight National and Operational Steering Committees.  This includes coordinating existing M&E capacities and resources, Spotlight-specific M&E capacities and resources, training, gathering data and feedback, developing tools and guidelines, supervising Spotlight M&E-related consultants, and reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Lead Implementation of M&E Plans and Strategies for EVAWC, including Spotlight Initiative
  • Lead the development and implementation of comprehensive and realistic monitoring and evaluation plans and strategies with appropriate data sources, collection methods, Analysis plans, quality controls and resource requirements.
  • Continually assess methodologies and instruments for collection, documentation, analysis and reporting of data for weaknesses and potential improvements.
  • Advise Spotlight Team on the development and improvement of core implementation tools, including work plans.
  • Collect information on the latest developments of the use of new types of data sources and tools (e.g. Big Data) for sustainable development.
  1. Coordinate Monitoring, Data Collection, and Reporting for EVAWC, including the Spotlight Initiative
  • Design and disseminate monitoring and evaluation resource materials, templates, and guidance documentation to participating UN agencies.
  • Support inter-agency efforts on results and progress monitoring and reporting on the Spotlight Initiative and EVAWC.
  • Coordinate and participate in interagency work related to the collection and use of monitoring data, as well as evaluation and reporting.
  • Perform field visits to ensure the quality and accuracy of collected or reported data.
  • Support the development and implementation of baseline, mid-line, end-line and periodic evaluations.
  • Supervise monitoring and evaluation consultants and contractors alongside the Spotlight Programme Coordinator.
  • Coordinate evaluation validation meetings.
  • Document progress of Spotlight Programme against project implementation plans, results matrix, milestones and targets.
  1. Develop and Expand Strategic Research and Data Partnerships
  • Support Spotlight Initiative’s engagement with national data and statistical systems, facilitating this engagement with national entities and data systems.
  • Communicate and coordinate with existing partnerships and help form new partnerships with UN agencies, academia, the private sector, and governmental agencies to further the use of data science for EVAWC.
  • Communicate and coordinate with internal and external partners on data collection and project/research implementation.
  1. Knowledge Management, Dissemination and Use of EVAWC Data
  • Facilitate the efficient flow of monitoring and evaluation data within participating UN agencies, EU, government and civil society partners.
  • Facilitate the sharing of best practices with the Spotlight Team, and participating agencies and partners.
  • Support the identification of good practices and lessons learned and share findings with the Spotlight Team, UNCT,agency colleagues, the Spotlight Secretariat, so that best practices benefit UN’s work.
  • Lead in designing thematic activities and knowledge-sharing forums and encourages others to participate.
  1. Provide administrative and logistical support as necessary.
  • Support preparation and organization of meetings, workshops.
  • Follow up on deadlines, commitments made, actions taken and coordination of collection and submission of the reports to Spotlight Secretariat
  • Engage directly and pro-actively with operational counterparts in other UN agencies


Technical Competencies:
  • Design and management of evaluation processes, including with multiple stakeholders;
  • Survey design and implementation;
  • Social science research;
  • Project/programme/policy planning, monitoring and management;
  • Understanding of human rights-based approaches to programming;
  • Understanding of Results Based Management (RBM) principles;
  • Logic modeling/logical framework analysis;
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis;
  • Rapid assessment procedures; and
  • Participatory approaches.
Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; and
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Functional Competencies:
  • Strong understanding of various methodologies in monitoring and evaluation, both qualitative and quantitative, such as surveys, record reviews, focus groups and cases studies;
  • Ability to contribute to the development of efficient and effective monitoring and evaluation methodology- develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed Spotlight strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • Ability to effectively plan and organize monitoring and evaluation activities as part of the delivery of results (outputs and outcomes) within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, accepts joint responsibility and contributes significantly as part of a diverse team;
  • Ability to build a strong network with Civil Society Organizations;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to lead an evaluative culture and manage performance of the Spotlight Initiative;
  • Demonstrates strong Problem Solving and decision making;
  • Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues;
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities; and
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in a relevant or related field; or
  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with two years qualifying experience;
  • Project management certification will be considered an asset.

  • At least 3-5 years of progressively responsible professional experience including, but not limited to, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of projects;
  • Demonstrated experience working with UN Development Agencies and Government Ministries and Agencies as part of a joint collaborative system; and
  • Understanding and knowledge of basic Computer Applications such as MS Word, Excel and other relevant software to create monitoring and evaluation templates.

  • Fluency in English is required


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