Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 245 views


The position of Monitoring and Evaluation Officer is being recruited by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women on Behalf of the Resident Coordinator Office.

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 Expanded Theme Group on Gender Equality, HIV and Human Rights. 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

Lead Development 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.

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.

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.

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.

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;
  • Strong awareness and sensitivity to gender issues and EVAW programming;
  • 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:

  • Technical knowledge of policies and programmes on gender equality and EVAWG/HP;
  • Experiences in working on rights based approaches including intervention models to address multiple and interesting forms of discrimination;
  • Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues;
  • Strong understanding of various methodologies in gender responsive 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 for programming;
  • Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships with UN Agencies and main constituents, advocate effectively, communicate sensitively across different constituencies;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and in a team;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client;
  • Demonstrates creativity and creative problem solving;
  • Schedules activities to ensure optimum use of time and resources; monitors performance against development and other objectives and corrects deviations from the course;
  • In providing advice to the Spotlight Team, has the capacity to gather comprehensive information on complex problems or situations; evaluates information accurately and identifies key issues required to resolve problems;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • 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 (or equivalent) in evaluation or relevant social science or related field is required.
  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with two additional years of qualifying experience.


  • At least 5 years (7 for a Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible professional experience in monitoring and evaluation, including hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience working on gender equality and human rights, especially in the area of EVAWG;
  • Experience in monitoring & evaluation of programmes of one or several of the UN agencies in Trinidad and Tobago is preferred; and
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management and knowledge management/M&E systems.


  • This position is open to suitably qualified nationals of Trinidad and Tobago;
  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from; Please group all documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows one document to be uploaded.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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