Mid-Term Evaluation Environmentally Sound Management of POPs Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Honduras
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
02/2022
Completion Date:
01/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Mid-Term Evaluation Environmentally Sound Management of POPs Project
Atlas Project Number: 00058184
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Honduras
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2022
Planned End Date: 02/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty
  • 2. 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 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
SDG Target
  • 1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
  • 10.1 By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: Project Budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 10,850
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Anna Ortiz S. ortianna@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Environmentally Sound Management of POPs
Evaluation Type: Mid-term Review
Focal Area: Persistent Organic Pollutants
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 9709
PIMS Number: 5615
Key Stakeholders: MiAmbiente, SAG, SESAL
Countries: HONDURAS
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Develop an effective implementation strategy and action plan to accelerate project execution.

2

Establish Technical Committees differentiated by theme.

  1. Regulation
  2. Laboratory capacity
  3. Elimination of POPs
  4. UPPOPs
  5. BAT in Health Facilities
  6. Education and awareness-raising.
3

Follow up on acceleration plans, a follow-up and participation of CESCCO-MiAmbiente should be maintained to ensure that the plans are implemented considering national needs

4

Ensure the sustainability of the project. Establish a clear sustainability strategy that allows to strengthen the institutional capacities of the partners involved in the project.

5

Gender perspective. Develop strategies and continue to strengthen women’s empowerment and gender equity in the different thematic areas of the project.

6

Strengthening the regulatory framework. Strategic support from MiAmbiente to the formulation, approval and implementation of the regulations that are going to developed within the framework of the project.

7

Improve communication channels. improve the communication channels between the MiAmbiente and the project team to expedite the review and approval mechanisms for project needs (contracts and procurement) and thus ensure that the resources are available on time to achieve the expected results within the planned timeframe

8

Strengthening the effective integration of CESCCO to the project

9

Implement safeguards to ensure project implementation during the government’s transition of authorities’ period

Develop a strategy by MiAmbiente, UNDP and the project team to guarantee the continuity of at least the core activities during the transition period of the new government (Q4 2021 and Q1 2022).

10

Maintenance of the technical team of the project is crucial for a physical and budgetary execution

1. Recommendation:

Develop an effective implementation strategy and action plan to accelerate project execution.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/10] [Last Updated: 2022/01/10]

Agreed

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
An acceleration plan will be prepared for the 2022-2023 timeframe.
[Added: 2022/01/10]
Project Coordinator COPS4 OCP MiAmbiente CO UNDP 2022/03 Overdue-Not Initiated A report will be provided at the informative Project Board for the month of March 2022
A revised procurement plan will be presented, where as many procurement processes as possible with be advanced and launch in the first half of 2022.
[Added: 2022/01/10]
Project Coordinator COPS4 OCP MiAmbiente CO UNDP 2022/03 Overdue-Not Initiated A report will be provided at the informative Project Board for the month of March 2022
Eventually, and based on project implementation and progress an extension GEF will be considered and/or requested to the UNDP- in 2023, before the operational closure.
[Added: 2022/01/10]
Project Coordinator COPS4 OCP MiAmbiente CO UNDP 2023/01 Not Initiated Key action 3 will be conducted if needed in Jan 2023
2. Recommendation:

Establish Technical Committees differentiated by theme.

  1. Regulation
  2. Laboratory capacity
  3. Elimination of POPs
  4. UPPOPs
  5. BAT in Health Facilities
  6. Education and awareness-raising.
Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/10]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A technical committee will be created differentiated by topic, managed by CESCCO itself as the technical entity of the project and executive secretary of the Chemical Safety Committee. a. Regulation (CESCCO, ANDI, COHEP, General Secretariat and the Legal Services Unit of MiAmbiente +) b. Analytical capacity (CESCCO, DECA, OHA Laboratory) c. Elimination of POPs (Ministry of Health, CESCCO, Cement Companies, Managers, SAG and ENEE) d. UPPOPs (CESCCO, DGA, AMHON, pilot municipalities) and. e. BAT in Health Establishments (Ministry of Health, HEU, CESCCO, AMDC) f. Education and Awareness (CESCCO & DGA of MiAmbiente, Secretary of Education and Academy)
[Added: 2022/01/10]
CESCCO PMU COPS 4 2023/03 Initiated In September 2021, CESCCO designated a technical liaison. At least 2 committees will be organized by June 2022, upon necessity and availability of appointees. Additional committees will be reported in December 2022 and March 2023. Possible changes of authorities/ appointees can occur in Q1 2022 due to the general elections of November 2021, this will be considered when organizing the committees. Some committees will be organized in Q4 upon need and availability.
3. Recommendation:

Follow up on acceleration plans, a follow-up and participation of CESCCO-MiAmbiente should be maintained to ensure that the plans are implemented considering national needs

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/10]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. Carry out and validate the 2022 Acceleration Plan in conjunction with CESCCO 2. Present the acceleration plan in the Project Board before the Steering Committee
[Added: 2022/01/10]
CESCCO PMU COPS 4 OCP MiAmbiente 2022/04 Overdue-Not Initiated A report will be provided at the informative Project Board for the month of March, 2022, for both actions. History
4. Recommendation:

Ensure the sustainability of the project. Establish a clear sustainability strategy that allows to strengthen the institutional capacities of the partners involved in the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/13]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1. A baseline of current capacities according to the project themes. 2. Definition of an intervention strategy with monitoring during and ex post of the project. Products: Baseline and Intervention Strategy.
[Added: 2022/01/13]
CESCCO DGA SEDUC PMU COPS 4 CO UNDP 2022/12 Not Initiated Both actions will be reported on December 2022
5. Recommendation:

Gender perspective. Develop strategies and continue to strengthen women’s empowerment and gender equity in the different thematic areas of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/13]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Gender Guide Proposal for the project related to POPS that allows its mainstreaming through project´s components and towards its key actors in the implementation. Product: Articulated Gender Strategy. Gender + COPS infographic
[Added: 2022/01/13]
OCP MiAmbiente PMU COPS 4 Gender Office MiAmbiente OMM PNUD CO 2022/06 Initiated A first Guide has been generated in December 2021, the PMU will make the observations in this regard and will provide feedback to the gender specialist of the OCP.
6. Recommendation:

Strengthening the regulatory framework. Strategic support from MiAmbiente to the formulation, approval and implementation of the regulations that are going to developed within the framework of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/13]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will facilitate an advocacy meeting with decision makers from MiAmbiente on the role of CESCCO in environmental management including the management of chemical products and the projection of strategic regulation and tax incentives Product: Support plan for CESCCO from the strategic level of MiAmbiente
[Added: 2022/01/13]
MiAmbiente COPS 4 PMU 2022/06 Not Initiated This action is at the strategic level of MiAmbiente. The project can facilitate the development of a meeting with high-level actors from MiAmbiente (new authorities after the government to be established) to present the perspective in this regard.
7. Recommendation:

Improve communication channels. improve the communication channels between the MiAmbiente and the project team to expedite the review and approval mechanisms for project needs (contracts and procurement) and thus ensure that the resources are available on time to achieve the expected results within the planned timeframe

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/13]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will communicate to the general coordination of the OCP the results of the MTR about streamlining procedures for approval of processes, request for advances - payments and settlements
[Added: 2022/01/13]
PMU COPS 4 OCP MiAmbiente 2021/11 Completed The MTR results were presented at the Project’s board Meeting of November 2021.
Organize a planning and communications workshop between PMU, OCP / MiAmbiente and UNDP to improve M&E and admin procedures
[Added: 2022/01/13]
COPS 4 PMU MiAmbiente CO UNDP 2022/04 Overdue-Not Initiated Streamlining processes is an issue that will also is going to be communicated and that requires action by the new authorities in MiAmbiente in 2022.
8. Recommendation:

Strengthening the effective integration of CESCCO to the project

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/13]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project will facilitate an advocacy meeting with decision makers from MiAmbiente on the role of CESCCO in environmental management including the management of chemical products Product: Support plan for CESCCO from the strategic level of MiAmbiente
[Added: 2022/01/13]
COPS 4 PMU MiAmbiente CO UNDP 2022/06 Not Initiated The transition and establishment of the new authorities must occur after the general elections of November 2021.
9. Recommendation:

Implement safeguards to ensure project implementation during the government’s transition of authorities’ period

Develop a strategy by MiAmbiente, UNDP and the project team to guarantee the continuity of at least the core activities during the transition period of the new government (Q4 2021 and Q1 2022).

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/13]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure availability and continuity of the technical team of Project specialists.
[Added: 2022/01/13]
OCP - MiAmbiente COPS 4 PMU CO UNDP 2022/04 Overdue-Initiated Work plans for technical project staff have been prepared and are under revision/approval.
Report financially the 2021 NEX advance to secure 2022 ASL
[Added: 2022/01/13] [Last Updated: 2022/03/04]
OCP - MiAmbiente COPS 4 PMU CO UNDP 2022/02 Completed The financial report of NEX Advance 2021 was made and the first advance corresponding to the year 2022 has already been executed. History
Integrate the UNDP Procurement Plan with thematic consultancies that configure the continuity of activities of component 1 of institutional strengthening
[Added: 2022/01/13] [Last Updated: 2022/03/04]
OCP - MiAmbiente COPS 4 PMU CO UNDP 2022/02 Completed Thematic consultancies are already included in the Procurement Plan. History
10. Recommendation:

Maintenance of the technical team of the project is crucial for a physical and budgetary execution

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/13]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project/MiAmbiente has completed the hiring of the project specialist and workplans have been approved by supervisors and corresponding authorities
[Added: 2022/01/13]
COPS 4 PMU OCP MiAmbiente 2022/04 Overdue-Initiated The project specialists were hired and are operational since December and the Ministerial Office as well and the project board were dully notified. The specialists have been already hired by December 2021. The project team will be introduced to new elected authorities in MiAmbiente, as required, with an explanation of their role/responsibility, progress and results, to ensure project stability in 2022.

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