Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Spotlight Initiative Country Programme

Published: 21.02.2020 10:00:49
Deadline: 17.03.2020 23:59:59 The deadline for applications has expired
Salary: According to the interview results
Location: Bishkek
Type of involvement: full time

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Common information


The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the European Union and the United Nations have launched the Spotlight Initiative (SI), a multi-year programme aimed at addressing all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG), and harmful practices.  The Spotlight Initiative (SI) aims to support transformative change on the ground to end VAWG, in numerous countries globally, including the Kyrgyz Republic. 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. The SI in the Kyrgyz Republic will apply a comprehensive set of approaches based on social innovation, human rights, multi-sectoral inclusive response and survivor-centred principles to the planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of interventions across the SI’s six outcome areas. Particular emphasis will be placed on integrating the voices and experiences and solutions of women and girls who face multiple forms of discrimination, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) principle of ‘leaving no one behind’. The SI in the Kyrgyz Republic has sought to reflect on current or common place models of ‘conducting business’ in order to propose innovative alternatives aligned with commitments to gender transformative and community-led approaches guided by adaptive leadership and a joint-One UN systems management approach.  The Spotlight Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialist, based at RCO, will support overall monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the Spotlight Initiative Country Programme. Reporting to and working under the supervision of  Spotlight Initiative Country Programme Coordinator based at RCO and working closely with the Spotlight Technical Coherence Specialist based at UN Women, the M&E Specialist will lead the development of the M&E plans for the Programme; coordinate monitoring, data collection, evaluations, research and reporting on the SI in the Kyrgyz Republic.The M&E Specialist is part of a team leading an integrated approach to eliminating VAWG. This position is a core function on the SI Kyrgyz Republic team and as such, they are a member of the SI’s Programme Coordination Unit working under a One UN frame and mindset without agency affiliation irrespective of where they are hosted. All SI Kyrgyz Republic email and communication will be in the context of one UN. The Programme Coordination Unit, under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, works closely with the Country Programme National Steering Committee (CP-NSC), comprised of government stakeholders and the EU, the Civil Society National Reference Group (CS-NRG), all Recipient UN Organizations (RUNOs), and implementing partners.

Qualification requirements

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in evaluation or relevant social science or other related field is required
  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with two additional years of qualifying experience can be accepted in lieu of Master’s degree

Experience and qualifications:

  • 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, preferably in the area of elimination of violence against women and girls;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of programmes of one or several of the UN agencies would be a strong asset;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management and knowledge management/M&E systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Russian is required
  • Fluency in Kyrgyz would be a strong asset


Duties and Responsibilities

1. Lead the development of M&E plans

  • Lead the development and implementation of comprehensive and realistic M&E plans and strategies with appropriate data sources, collection methods, analysis plans, quality controls and resource requirements, in cooperation with technical staff of RUNOs;
  • Continually assess methodologies and instruments for collection, documentation, analysis and reporting of data for weaknesses and potential improvements and alignment with Ethical and safety guidelines for research and data collection on gender-based violence;
  • Advise the SI Programme Coordinator and the SI UN team on the development and improvement of core implementation tools, including joint work plans; and
  • Collect information on the latest developments of the use of new types of data sources and tools, (e.g. big data) for sustainable development.

2. Coordinate monitoring, data collection and reporting on the Spotlight Initiative

  • Design and disseminate M&E resource materials, templates, and guidance documentation to RUNOs, and where relevant, implementing partners;
  • Support inter-agency efforts on results and progress monitoring and reporting on the SI Kyrgyz Republic working in close cooperation with M&E staff across RUNOs and associated agencies where relevant;
  • Coordinate and participate in inter-agency work related to the collection and use of monitoring data, as well as evaluation and reporting;
  • Develop SI Kyrgyz Republic monitoring plan and perform regular field visits and monitoring missions to ensure the quality and accuracy of collected or reported data;
  • Ensure alignment of all research protocol, data collection tools, etc. with Ethical and safety guidelines for research on gender-based violence (GBV);
  • Coordinate joint UN-EU-Government monitoring missions;
  • Support the development and implementation of baseline, mid-term and final evaluations (as well as other planned research initiatives);
  • Ensure results from planned research, mapping, etc. is shared across SI Kyrgyz Republic implementation team and stakeholders;  
  • Supervise M&E consultants and contractors alongside the SI Programme Coordinator;
  • Coordinate evaluation and validation meetings;
  • Document progress of the SI Country Programme against project implementation plans, results matrix, milestones and targets;
  • Mainstream key results achieved and knowledge acquired through ongoing M&E during the life cycle of the programme and communicate results effectively to SI Kyrgyz Republic’ Communication Specialist; and
  • Based on the M&E information, advise UN Resident Coordinator, Spotlight Programme Coordinator, Spotlight Technical Coherence Specialist, CP-NSC and RUNOs on timely readjustments of strategies and corrective actions as necessary to ensure programme delivery.

3. Develop and expand strategic research and data partnerships

  • Support the SI Kyrgyz Republic 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 a range of stakeholders to further the use of data science for elimination of violence against women and girls; and
  • Communicate and coordinate with internal and external partners on data collection and programme implementation.

4. Knowledge management, dissemination and use of data on the elimination of violence against women and girls

  • Facilitate the efficient flow of monitoring and evaluation data within RUNOs, EU, the Government and civil society partners and in close coordination with Spotlight Communication Specialist; and
  • Identify, document and disseminate good practices and lessons learned and facilitate the sharing of such practices with the Spotlight UN country team, UNCT and partners.

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