Midterm evaluation of the Recovery and Resilience Programme (Youth Employment and Empowerment Project)

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Evaluation Plan:
2019-2022, South Sudan
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
06/2022
Completion Date:
06/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

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Title Midterm evaluation of the Recovery and Resilience Programme (Youth Employment and Empowerment Project)
Atlas Project Number: 00115998
Evaluation Plan: 2019-2022, South Sudan
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2022
Planned End Date: 06/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty
  • 2. Resilience
  • 3. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.2 Marginalised groups, particularly the poor, women, people with disabilities and displaced are empowered to gain universal access to basic services and financial and non-financial assets to build productive capacities and benefit from sustainable livelihoods and jobs
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG Target
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: Netherlands, Japan, UNDP
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 35,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Charlemagne Gomez Evaluation consultants- Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: State Chambers of Commerce, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Small Enterprises, Ministry of Finance
Countries: SOUTH SUDAN
Comments:

The evaluation will cover the Recovery and Resilience programme and not Recovery and Stabilisation project which ended in 2019.

Lessons
Findings
1.

RELEVANCE
The overall relevance of the project is deemed as satisfactory; the project correctly identified the needs of the direct and indirect beneficiaries although as a result of the pandemic key activities have been delayed and only now are the direct beneficiaries reasome of the benefits of the training by being placed in jobs/internships etc. All the key state institutions were consulted prior to the design of the project and have been involved in its development. The logical framework is considered adequate although some of the indicators at the level of Outcome  could be reframed. 

EFFECTIVENESS
The overall effectiveness of the project is rated as satisfactory. It is important to note that the project is essential and has been pivotal in building vocational skills amongst the youth. While many of the indicators are being met and sometimes surpassed, and the majority (except output 2.1.4) are on track to be achieved, the delays in implementation and the many challenges faced with regards to the start up the project, the procurement and the necessity to write the curriculum almost from scratch has meant that progress has been slower than anticipated. The impact of COVID-19 and indeed the size and state of the local economy are also contributing factors to the challenges faced by the project. 

EFFICIENCY
The efficiency of the project is rated as satisfactory. The project has experienced a number of important delays, but many of the activities are completed, and the project is on track to achieving quantitative output indicators. 

SUSTAINABILITY
The sustainability of the project is deemed moderately satisfactory. The overall assessment highlights the development and implementation of an updated curriculum which has been endorsed by the key stakeholders. This has allowed vocational training in a number of key areas and enabled the curriculum to be somewhat harmonized. The rehabilitation and equipping of the Vocational Training Centers have been pivotal in enabling the States to impart classes and vocational courses in the chosen fields. The use of these centers will go far beyond the lifetime of the project as will the curriculum. The overall ownership of the ministries is strong. 

GENDER AND HUMAN RIGHTS
The overall approach to gender and human rights is deemed to be moderately satisfactory, while the project made great efforts to target women, the overall design of the project was not aimed at ensuring transformative change for women, but its results were rather gender targeted. 

 

 


Recommendations
1

Revise the Logical Framework to incorporate a mixture of qualitative and quantitative indicators in order to better reflect the key outcomes of the project and ensure the use of gender specific indicators to track progress on women

2

Ensure stronger collaboration between the key institutions at both Juba and field level

3

Pilot a number of schemes whereby small grants are offered and further training given to promote MSEs

4

Continuation of competition whereby youth are encouraged to innovate and come together (as the previous innovation challenge). Creation of a yearly event whereby business with trained recipients could be promoted

5

Concentrate on outcome two in the remainder of the project tenure by promoting linkages, and other opportunities for persons already trained, as well as ensuring strengthened linkages with the AFDB project

6

Consideration of a no cost extension if the next quarters does not bear the fruits envisaged 

7

Consideration of a follow up project by ensuring baseline data and analysis of bottlenecks and challenges to feed into a future project 

8

Strengthening of support to persons, particularly women in Juba, particularly in jobs which are currently overwhelmed by foreigners 

9

Undertake an analysis of the progress so far, identifying which particular states and which particular courses have promoted the overall outcomes the most

10

Ensure an effective and gender sensitive monitoring and evaluation framework, including with the use of most significant change stories and the possibility of using outcome mapping to map outcomes particular in complex results such as creation of jobs

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