Combating Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Kenya through an Integrated Approach (IWT).

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Kenya
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
07/2022
Completion Date:
08/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

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Title Combating Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Kenya through an Integrated Approach (IWT).
Atlas Project Number: 00108406
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Kenya
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2022
Planned End Date: 07/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment
  • 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 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG Target
  • 9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: Project Funds - GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 45,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Evans Mwangi International Consultant KENYA
Benard Abingo National Consultant KENYA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Combating Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Kenya through an Integrated Approach (IWT).
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-1
GEF Project ID: 00108406
PIMS Number: 5468
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: KENYA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Exploit all the avenues for adaptive management in the project design and take proactive measures to fast-track delivery of quality results, notably through a reconsideration of the implementation modality to allow UNDP move resources to the RPs, more use of partnerships and technical assistance, enhanced project oversight and concentration of effort on quick wins. The PSC, MoTW, Treasury and UNDP must roll out a rescue plan during the current and next quarters of the AWP and safeguard the PMU against loss of momentum.

2

Revamp the PMU and encourage it to explore all the avenues for adaptive management in the project design and take proactive measures to fast-track delivery by employing every tactic acceptable in the rulebook. To overcome the underlying or perceived structural problem in project management, the ministry should officially second relevant staff to the PMU and the National Project Director should immediately initiate action that goes beyond providing contingency measures.

3

Leverage on UNDP’s comparative strength to help further fast-track the passing and adoption of ecosystem management plans by the Narok and Taita Taveta county governments, and the establishment of Anti-poaching Task force in the Mara ecosystem. This requires concerted action by the UNDP Country Office Programme Officer, the Project Manager/Coordinator, and National Project Director within the current AWP.

4

Prioritize specific interventions identified by the MTR, ranging from the development of clear field monitoring plans and allocating sufficient monitoring and evaluation budget to guide field monitoring activities, developing knowledge management plans, training staff on RBM to enhance the quality of results reporting, developing and institutionalizing a Gender Action Plan and, capacity building of TTWCA to enable the association to effectively play its role of a strategic RP. Immediate action by the PMU, with Project Manager/Coordinator taking direct responsibility, is required within the current AWP or the first quarter of the next AWP.

1. Recommendation:

Exploit all the avenues for adaptive management in the project design and take proactive measures to fast-track delivery of quality results, notably through a reconsideration of the implementation modality to allow UNDP move resources to the RPs, more use of partnerships and technical assistance, enhanced project oversight and concentration of effort on quick wins. The PSC, MoTW, Treasury and UNDP must roll out a rescue plan during the current and next quarters of the AWP and safeguard the PMU against loss of momentum.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/12/01]

Fully Accept. In the Project Document an implementation modality that would allow movement of resources to MoTW and Responsible Parties (RPs), enhance partnerships, and strengthen oversight was clearly identified. UNDP to continue engaging with the MOTW to have in place quicker and timely grants to the RP’s while enhancing quality assurance and oversight for delivery of the key project results.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Explore and identify project activities for UNDP partial support to NIM
[Added: 2022/12/01] [Last Updated: 2022/12/07]
UNDP 2022/12 Initiated UNDP and IP agreed that in 2023/2024 AWPs activities for NIM partial support will be flagged out and UNDP requested to facilitate the same. History
Develop for signature Letter of Agreement (LOA) for the UNDP partial support to NIM on MoTW
[Added: 2022/12/01] [Last Updated: 2022/12/07]
MoWT UNDP 2023/03 Initiated LoA shared with the IP to review and will be signed for 2023/4 History
MoTW and UNDP sign LOA for partial support to NIM for annual workplans 2023 and in consequent 2024
[Added: 2022/12/01]
UNDP, MoWT 2023/03 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Revamp the PMU and encourage it to explore all the avenues for adaptive management in the project design and take proactive measures to fast-track delivery by employing every tactic acceptable in the rulebook. To overcome the underlying or perceived structural problem in project management, the ministry should officially second relevant staff to the PMU and the National Project Director should immediately initiate action that goes beyond providing contingency measures.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/12/01] [Last Updated: 2022/12/01]

Fully Accept: MOTW is responsible for the human resource issues for the Project. UNDP will request the MOTW to expedite the resolution of the pending staffing matters, specific recruitment of the Project Manager and Regional Project Officer. all the key project positions. UNDP will communicate to the MOTW the urgency of resolving the staffing issues for the timely implementation of project activities to the planned scale.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Refill the project manager and regional officer Tsavo positions that fell vacant on their departure.
[Added: 2022/12/01] [Last Updated: 2022/12/07]
UNDP, MoWT 2023/03 Initiated Positions have been advertised and closed on 23rd November 2022. Shortlisting has been done. Awaiting interviews History
Establish operational regional offices for the ease of PMU coordination and support to beneficiaries/stakeholders.
[Added: 2022/12/01] [Last Updated: 2022/12/07]
UNDp, MoWT 2023/03 Initiated Discussions underway. History
Communicate to the MOTW the UNDP concerns on key pending Human Resource issues and request for a meeting with the Principal Secretary and Project Director to agree on a clear roadmap
[Added: 2022/12/01] [Last Updated: 2022/12/07]
UNDP, MoWT 2023/03 Completed UNDP senior Management and IP Project Executive agreed on timelines. History
3. Recommendation:

Leverage on UNDP’s comparative strength to help further fast-track the passing and adoption of ecosystem management plans by the Narok and Taita Taveta county governments, and the establishment of Anti-poaching Task force in the Mara ecosystem. This requires concerted action by the UNDP Country Office Programme Officer, the Project Manager/Coordinator, and National Project Director within the current AWP.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/12/01]

Partially Accept.

The approval process and stages of official documents such as plans, guidelines, strategies and policies are well laid out. Given that the UNDP and other development partners resources support to the management plans development and anti-poaching task force establishment are timebound, UNDP will engage the relevant authorities and persons in fastracking their delivery.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Draft a letter to the County Governments of Narok and Taita Taveta on the adoption of the ecosystem management plans and establishment of the Anti-poaching Task Forces.
[Added: 2022/12/01] [Last Updated: 2022/12/07]
UNDP, MoWT 2023/01 Initiated The Narok county office has actioned the approval process. It is currently at the county assembly for deliberation. The Taita Taveta is yet to initiate the EMP development. The Taskforce consultants are engaging the key parties to develop the framework of operation. History
Facilitate high-level bilateral and joint meetings of UNDP, MOTW, PMU to Taita Taveta and Narok Counties on ecosystem management plans and anti-poaching task force formation
[Added: 2022/12/01]
UNDP 2023/03 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Prioritize specific interventions identified by the MTR, ranging from the development of clear field monitoring plans and allocating sufficient monitoring and evaluation budget to guide field monitoring activities, developing knowledge management plans, training staff on RBM to enhance the quality of results reporting, developing and institutionalizing a Gender Action Plan and, capacity building of TTWCA to enable the association to effectively play its role of a strategic RP. Immediate action by the PMU, with Project Manager/Coordinator taking direct responsibility, is required within the current AWP or the first quarter of the next AWP.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/12/01] [Last Updated: 2022/12/01]

Fully Accept. 

The current project M&E plan will be made more Results-based monitoring responsive and to include field-based monitoring. M&E activities will be costed and assigned focal implementation and reporting persons.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review M&E plan to be more results-based and activities costed
[Added: 2022/12/01] [Last Updated: 2022/12/07]
UNDP, PMU 2022/12 Initiated The M&E framework had been developed and implementation cost mainstreamed in the respective project activities. History
Cascade monitoring and evaluation activities/tasks to field monitoring and reporting teams
[Added: 2022/12/01] [Last Updated: 2022/12/07]
Project Manager, PMU 2023/03 Initiated Officers from the Responsible parties to engage as focal persons for activities under their lead identified and their input to be coordinated by the project M&E Officer History

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