Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) Manager – Jamaica

Winrock International

Position Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) Manager

Location: Kingston, Jamaica

Reports To: Project Director

Background: Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock is implementing the Protection and Prevention components of the Jamaica-U.S. Child Protection Compact (CPC) Project, a four-year activity to support the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) and its various ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) to address child trafficking across the island. The goal of the project is to strengthen Jamaican government and civil society efforts to prevent child trafficking in all of its forms (sex trafficking, forced labor including domestic servitude); increase identification of child trafficking victims; and effectively provide comprehensive, trauma-informed care to child trafficking victims. The project is currently being implemented through May 2022, with a possible extension through November 2022.

Position Summary:

The MER Manager will be responsible for managing the monitoring and evaluation systems and processes for the Jamaica CPC project. The MER Manager will implement the project’s M&E activities and data reporting requirements and will manage an M&E Assistant. The MER Manager will also serve as the point of contact for the external organization conducting the project’s final evaluation.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manage a rigorous approach to monitoring and evaluation, including implementing the project’s M&E plan and managing the systems for monitoring performance progress toward specific objectives, outputs and outcomes;
  • With the Project Director, ensure government counterpart ownership of the project’s theory of change as well as project scope, measurement strategies, and desired outcomes as expressed in the projects’ logic model and M&E plan;
  • Manager the project database and administer tools for data flow, data collection, data quality assurance, data analysis, and regular reporting on approved indicators under each objective (Protection, Prevention);
  • Work in coordination with other implementing partners to share best practices and coordinate on data collection;
  • Support coordination with the external organization conducting the project’s final evaluation.
  • Working with selected ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), strengthen and maintain data systems to assess systems gaps and create plan to address gaps;
  • Working with selected MDAs, strengthen and maintain systems to collect and report data on victims of CT and services provided, including disaggregation by age, gender place of origin and type of trafficking;
  • Provide technical support to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) and other MDAs to develop and maintain an updated victim case management system that can be sustained at the conclusion of the project;
  • Working with selected MDAs, strengthen systems to collect and report parish data on prevention activities and community-based victim identification efforts, including disaggregation by age, gender, type of exploitation, as well as evaluation of pilot prevention interventions;
  • Liaise with other implementing partners on data sharing;
  • Contribute to research design and methodology for all project-related research;
  • Work with agencies on dissemination of findings to support an evidence-based approach to improve targeting for preventing CT and for identifying more CT victims, as well as to measure the quality of victim-centered comprehensive care;
  • Monitor the results of the project’s activities and contribute to periodic evaluations/assessments; contribute to dissemination of results to internal and external audiences;
  • Build the capacity of MDAs and other implementing partners in monitoring and evaluation; liaise with them to obtain necessary data and monitor the quality and timeliness of data submissions; and support development of indicators to measure service delivery and reintegration;
  • Develop, to the extent possible, an integrated M&E system in partnership with NATFATIP and OCA/ONRTIP;
  • Support ONRTIP to develop capacity strengthening plan in coordination with implementing partner;
  • Support the development of the NATFATIP database and routine reporting of task force members results to the taskforce data manager;
  • Contribute extensively to quarterly reports and to the project’s final report;
  • Other duties as assigned.
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  • Master’s level degree required, in social sciences, such as statistics, public policy, economics or a related field, and/or specialized training/certification in monitoring & evaluation.
  • A Bachelor’s degree with five additional years of relevant work experience can substitute for a Master’s degree.

Work Experience

  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in the monitoring & evaluation of donor-funded, international development projects. Part of this experience should have been obtained working on projects in countering human trafficking, government/civil society capacity building, child protection, or a related field;
  • Experience collecting and managing sensitive data;
  • Technical, communication and capacity development skills (primarily training and coaching) for designing and integrating data systems or data sets from a range of government partners via central platform for timely reporting and data use;
  • Knowledge of US Government or other international donor reporting requirements, including experience designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation plans, rigorous evaluation design, and working with external consultants for third party evaluations and special studies;
  • Practical understanding of impact/outcome evaluation methods and/or research methods, quantitative and qualitative, strongly preferred; and
  • Understanding of and experience with national level MIS approaches and existing Jamaican government databases/data collection preferred.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English is required;
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet (preferably Microsoft Access and Excel), and presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint);
  • Familiarity with database and statistical applications such as SPSS, SAS or STATA;
  • Capabilities in data visualization and information systems management integration a plus

Applications should be submitted by September 16, 2021

Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. Winrock recruits, employs, trains, promotes and compensates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law.

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At Winrock we have a clear mission: Empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources through unwavering dedication to accountability, equity, innovation, integrity and transformation.

Winrock knows that its success comes from the hard work and steadfast dedication of its diverse workforce. Winrock remains committed to maintaining diversity, inclusion and equity across the entire organization

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