Mid-term evaluation for ATSEA project

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Evaluation Plan:
2021-2025, Timor-Leste
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
09/2022
Completion Date:
09/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title Mid-term evaluation for ATSEA project
Atlas Project Number: 00111339
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025, Timor-Leste
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2022
Planned End Date: 09/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Sustainable
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
SDG Target
  • 1.5 By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 14.5 By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 95,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with This was joint evaluation with other COs
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Mr. Dalibor Kaysela International Consultant
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Implementation of the Arafura and Timor Seas Regional and National Strategy Action Programme (ATSEA 2)
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-1
GEF Project ID: 6920
PIMS Number: 5439
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery and Secretary of State for Environment
Countries: Timor-Leste
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The Timor-Leste NCU in cooperation with the UNDP CO should ensure inclusion of additional stakeholders, in particular, local authorities at Suco level need to be more involved in the decision-making on implementation of projects in their areas for reinforcing their ownership of project interventions for community development, coastal management, and environmental protection, in particular with respect to IUU fishing in the Timor Sea

2

The NCU in cooperation with the RPMU should strengthen the M&E system to reflect the activities more comprehensively as a ‘bridge’ between UNDP ATSEA 2 project and the Government of Timor-Leste, and to gather evidence on the impact of the community livelihoods support projects in the country.

3

The NCU in cooperation with the RPMU should conduct comprehensive planning for alternate livelihood support projects for communities in the targeted municipalities. Beneficiary community groups should be supported in development of business plans and sharing of success stories in order to identify opportunities for making the best possible use of their comparative advantages and optimize achievement of results.

1. Recommendation:

The Timor-Leste NCU in cooperation with the UNDP CO should ensure inclusion of additional stakeholders, in particular, local authorities at Suco level need to be more involved in the decision-making on implementation of projects in their areas for reinforcing their ownership of project interventions for community development, coastal management, and environmental protection, in particular with respect to IUU fishing in the Timor Sea

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/10]

The Project notes the findings and recommendations and is fully committed to ensure that key stakeholders are properly informed and engaged in the activities being or to be undertaken in their respective sites or areas, including in Suco as suggested by the MTR. This will be undertaken by ensuring proper identification, notification, and engagement of relevant stakeholders on the different activities as part of the roll out of ICM plan and other livelihood related initiatives in concerned communities. A pre- and post- activity simple survey will also be included as part of regular initiative to track stakeholder feedback and concerns.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
With support from site mobilizer, identify and engage relevant stakeholders at the site level in various project activities
[Added: 2022/10/10]
National Coordinating Unit (NCU) 2024/03 Initiated The site mobiliser is already undertaking actions in mobilizing relevant stakeholders to ensure that they are properly informed and engaged in the activities being or to be undertaken in their respective sites or areas, including in Suco
2. Recommendation:

The NCU in cooperation with the RPMU should strengthen the M&E system to reflect the activities more comprehensively as a ‘bridge’ between UNDP ATSEA 2 project and the Government of Timor-Leste, and to gather evidence on the impact of the community livelihoods support projects in the country.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/10]

The Project notes the findings and recommendations and is fully committed to ensure that the M&E system is strengthened to reflect the activities more comprehensively as a ‘bridge’ between UNDP ATSEA 2 project and the Government of Timor-Leste. The project is already monitoring and reporting impacts of various livelihood activities through the adopted ICM plan etc. and will further ensure extra effort to gather evidence on the impact of the community livelihoods support projects in the country as the ICM Plan implementation progresses. The project is also considering recruiting an M&E officer to support the NCU, with expertise in communication who will further assist the project in communicating its activities and results on the ground as well as their respective impacts on community livelihoods in the country. The M&E for the UNDP country office has also been providing support towards M&E related activities and will strengthen it in coordination with the project site mobilizers to collect all the relevant evidence on the impact of the community livelihood support projects in the country.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Implement and monitor the impacts of the ICM Plan implementation for Posto Administrative Barique in Manatuto Municipality
[Added: 2022/10/10]
ATSEA-2 Project Management Unit and UNDP TL Country Office 2024/03 Initiated ATSEA-2 will support specific community-based activities in support of the ICM plan in PA Barique. The activities under the plan will be implemented by a selected NGO following the issuance of a call for proposals, where different NGOs have expressed interest. Final selection of appropriate NGO is expected by September. The community-based activities will include M&E to gather evidence on the impact of the community livelihoods support projects.
Recruit an M&E officer to support the National Coordinating Unit
[Added: 2022/10/10] [Last Updated: 2022/10/11]
ATSEA- PMU/UNDP TL Country Office 2023/03 Not Initiated The recruitment of the Communication Assistant/M&E will be initiated and finalized by early 2023 History
Conduct a refresher training on M&E for relevant project staff
[Added: 2022/10/10]
RPMU UNDP CO 2023/03 Not Initiated A briefing on M&E on basic M&E terminologies and process specific to the requirements of UNDP and GEF in support of ATSEA-2 M&E requirements were provided to the National Project Coordinator by the M&E Specialist of RPMU. However, a refresher training with additional elements on impact/results-based monitoring and reporting is further needed for the national project coordinator as well as other NCU staff.
3. Recommendation:

The NCU in cooperation with the RPMU should conduct comprehensive planning for alternate livelihood support projects for communities in the targeted municipalities. Beneficiary community groups should be supported in development of business plans and sharing of success stories in order to identify opportunities for making the best possible use of their comparative advantages and optimize achievement of results.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/10/10]

The project takes note of the recommendation and in coordination with RPMU, the beneficiary community groups will be supported accordingly to support sharing of success stories and identifying opportunities for making the best possible use of their comparative advantages and optimize achievement of results. The project is already doing this by offering financial and cooperatives management trainings etc. for the established cooperative and other beneficiary group members. The project will further continue to build on these to continue improving the ability of targeted beneficiary community groups for good and sustainable results.

Four (4) calls for proposals have been issued and potential NGOs/CBOs/CSOs have expressed interest to facilitate the implementation of the specific livelihood activities related to marine turtles conservation, establishment of drought resilient home gardens and ICM plan implementation. The actions to be undertaken includes promotion of ecotourism and livelihood opportunities for the local communities—through the established local groups/cooperatives—while strengthening the management of marine coastal resources. Through these engagements, the selected NGOs will implement activities following a clear business framework and ensure more systematic execution of activities, including monitoring and reporting of impacts or benefits. The capacity of these NGOs/CBOs/CSOs will also be strengthened to further help in sustaining the results.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Coordinate with RPMU for a comprehensive planning to ensure more strategic and systemic design and implementation of targeted alternate livelihood support projects
[Added: 2022/10/10]
NCU RPMU 2023/08 Initiated Discussions and coordination are ongoing Key strategic points to be considered include: identification of the stakeholders, conduct of pre and post engagement surveys, development and stakeholder consultation and awareness building on a clear business plan for community-based alternative livelihoods, and inclusion of regular monitoring of impacts to beneficiaries.
Complete the process for Call for proposals
[Added: 2022/10/10]
UNDP CO ATSEA-2 PMU 2022/08 Completed Contracts have already been signed by the selected NGO. Implementation of work has just been initiated.
Carry out and monitor the implementation and impacts of the agreed plans in close consultation with the targeted communities and supporting NGOs/CBOs/CSOs
[Added: 2022/10/10]
NCU RPMU 2024/03 Not Initiated To be undertaken upon roll out of the plans

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