Programme Coordinator, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 220 views


The position of Programme Coordinator 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.

Reporting to the Strategic Planner/Team Leader of the Resident Coordinator’s office and working under the technical guidance of UN Women as the technical lead agency for the Trinidad and Tobago initiative, the Programme Coordinator will exercise overall responsibility for planning, implementing, coordinating and reporting on the Spotlight programme. The Programme Coordinator will work closely with the National Steering Committee, the Expanded Theme Group on Gender Equality, HIV and Human Rights, implementing agencies, as well as other stakeholders. The Programme Coordinator will provide overall programme management support, technical guidance and oversight, support the Monitoring and Evaluation specialist in reporting and monitoring, and ensure overall coherence in the implementation of the programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

Guide the implementation and management of the Spotlight programme in Trinidad and Tobago

  • Provide reports to the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) on programme performance and results;
  • Coordinate the convening of relevant committees, including the National Steering Committee, Expanded Theme Group on Gender Equality, HIV and Human Rights, and Civil Society Reference Group;
  • Facilitate and contribute to the production of consolidated annual work plans, budgets, and annual reports;
  • Oversee implementation, schedules, deliverables, and budgets as articulate in the country programme document;
  • Provide programme guidance, updates, and information to the Steering Committee, implementing partners, and other stakeholders
  • Liaise with the Spotlight Secretariat;

Coordinate technical assistance and capacity development to the Spotlight Initiative in Trinidad and Tobago

  • Provide guidance in the overall technical coherence of the Programme across pillars,
  • Provide technical advice and innovative approaches to facilitating programme interventions and achievement of programme deliverables;
  • Guide the process of delivery of technical assistance and engagement with partners;
  • Build, manage, and expand relationships with partners to support implementation;

Provide programme development and/or revision guidance

  • Coordinate the design and formulation of any related programme proposal and initiatives or revisions to approved Spotlight Country Programme Document;
  • Organize any needed consultations with key stakeholders, experts, or UN agencies.

Support monitoring and oversee reporting of the programme

  • Prepare analytical reviews and systematically capture lessons learnt from implementation;
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation team to monitor the programme implementation of activities and outcomes;
  • Support the finance team to monitor programme budgets and finalize financial reports;
  • Provide inputs and drafting support to narrative and annual reports;
  • Identify/monitor risks that could interfere with programme delivery; design mitigation measures

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Provide technical and coordination support to the implementing agencies to develop joint resource mobilization and sustainability strategies;
  • Develop relevant documentation of potential opportunities for resource mobilization.

Coordinate between the different UN agencies to achieve a coherent and aligned presence of the Spotlight Initiative

  • Provide support to inter-agency coordination-related activities, including by attending or participating in meetings, events, committees or groups;
  • Support UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure Spotlight programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts.

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


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues;
  • 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 awareness and sensitivity to gender issues and human-based approaches, programming and communication;
  • Proven skills in the areas of program management, planning, organizing, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans and budgets and deliver on time and on target, with a careful attention to detail;
  • Ability to adapt and manage deliverables and resources in a changing environment and to think and act quickly, sometimes under pressure, yet remaining calm and effective;
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Ability to lead formation of strategies and their implementation;
  • Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships with UN Agencies and main constituents, coordinate and advocate effectively, communicate sensitively across different constituencies;
  • Ability to negotiate and interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising;
  • Ability to link knowledge management to key processes, including programming, results-based management, monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
  • Ability to apply knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of the United Nations.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication and advocacy skills;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and in a team;
  • Proactive, flexible, resourceful and able to work independently with limited supervision, with demonstrated creative problem solving;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • 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 social sciences, environmental sciences, sustainable development studies, gender/women’s studies, international relations or related field; or
  • A relevant bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with two additional years of qualifying experience.
  • Program management degree or certification would be an added advantage.


  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible professional experience in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of complex development projects;
  • Technical experience in EVAWG or GBV;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience working with civil society and community-based organizations is an asset;
  • Experience working in the field of knowledge management is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset


  • 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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