UNITED NATIONS VOLUNTEERS LIBERIA COUNTRY ASSESSMENT 2010 -2012

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Evaluation Plan:
2009-2011, UNV
Evaluation Type:
Others
Planned End Date:
06/2012
Completion Date:
06/2012
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
--

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Title UNITED NATIONS VOLUNTEERS LIBERIA COUNTRY ASSESSMENT 2010 -2012
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2011, UNV
Evaluation Type: Others
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2012
Planned End Date: 06/2012
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Crisis Prevention & Recovery
  • 3. Cross-cutting Development Issue
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Capacities of national and local institutions enhanced to scale up proven MDG acceleration interventions and to plan, monitor, report and evaluate the MDG progress in the context of related national development priorities
  • 2. Inclusive growth and social equity promoted through pro-poor macroeconomic and fiscal policies that support income, employment and social protection of youth, women and vulnerable groups in a sustainable way
  • 3. Policies, strategies and partnerships established to enhance public-private sector collaboration and private sector and market development that benefit the poor and ensure that low-income households and small enterprises have access to a broad range of financial and legal services
  • 4. Strengthened national capacities to integrate into the global economic system and to negotiate and manage traditional & emerging development finance for inclusive development
  • 5. Strengthened capacities to mainstream action into national policies, plans and strategies on the socio-economic causes and consequences of HIV and the linkage to the health MDG
  • 6. Strengthened national capacity for inclusive governance and coordination of national HIV responses, and for the protection of human rights of people affected by HIV, including women and other vulnerable groups
  • 7. National and local institutions have the capacities to reduce the impact of disasters, especially climate change related disasters, on vulnerable communities
  • 8. National and local institutions have the capacities to prevent, reduce and mitigate the impact of conflict
  • 9. National and local institutions have the capacities to fulfill key functions of government for recovery in early post-crisis situations
  • 10. National and local institutions have the capacity to respond to gender-based violence and to increase women's civic engagement, participation and leadership in crisis prevention, ongoing crisis and post-crisis contexts
  • 11. National and local institutions have the capacity to deliver improved justice and security, including safeguarding citizen security, in conflict-affected settings
  • 12. Livelihoods and economic recovery generated, including infrastructure restoration, employment and sustainable income earning opportunities for crisis affected communities
  • 13. UNDP country programmes are clearly and explicitly linked with and in support of national development plans and priorities
Evaluation Budget(US $): --
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: UN system, Government
Location of Evaluation: Country Level
Countries: LIBERIA
Comments: The purpose of this Country Review was to assess the impact of UN Volunteers during the period 2010 ? May 2012 in contributing to peace and development in Liberia and to make recommendations on the future role and direction of the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV) in Liberia.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 A Management Response is not typically required for a Country Assessment as this is not an evaluation. However recommendations that were appropriate were adopted to varying degrees The UNCT and UNMIL should provide UNV with information regarding its intended programme and activity focus for the medium to long term to enhance UNV?s planning and service delivery efforts.
2 UNV should consider developing a separate services strategy from the programme strategy which would address the demand driven nature of requests from key clients and ensure better alignment between workplans and strategy.
3 UNV should consider providing technical and financial support to the development of the National Volunteerism Commission in Liberia and to consolidate the restructured National Youth Service Programme. The National Volunteerism Commission will be crucial in determining the institutional arrangements supporting volunteerism in
4 UNV should expand its resource mobilization and funding sources through a strategy that focuses on increased advocacy and partnership building at the country level. UNV field units should also have advocacy and communication strategies to actively promote volunteerism and the well-being of volunteers. UNV field units should be provided with the necessary capacity to do this.
5 As part of the recruitment process, the DOA could include at least two (2) mutually agreed performance indicators (one quantitative and one qualitative) on which UN Volunteers will be required to report at least biannually to the UNV field units. This proposed report should include Achievements, Lessons Learnt and Challenges. Identifying institutions where such data collection can easily be negotiated and started, while phasing the process of improving institutional data collection, collation and analysis is crucial. Specific attributions will naturally be difficult, but volunteers can be reported as having contributed to stated results. The current VRS system could potentially be re-designed to support this process.
6 Agency and institutional heads are encouraged to appropriately document and highlight the deployment and management of volunteers as a key strategy for achieving stated targets and results in Liberia.
7 Efforts should be made to implement key recommendations from past assessments particularly the UNV/DFS review. Related to this the UNV conditions of service should be reviewed with a view to improving the circumstances of UN Volunteers, harmonizing policies between different agencies, providing some capacity development and bringing clarity to key issues of concern. Opportunities for capacity development for UN Volunteers could include education on topics such as ?global career opportunities for the UN Volunteer, conflict resolution, money management, teamwork skills, entrepreneurship etc?. These would be mutually beneficial, support an exit strategy for volunteers and help make volunteers feel more appreciated.
8 The country context and cost of living surveys should regularly be factored into the targeted remuneration/allowances for UN Volunteers.
9 There is an urgent need for the UNCT and UNMIL to develop a strategic plan for the transfer of capacity to nationals in Liberia.
1. Recommendation: A Management Response is not typically required for a Country Assessment as this is not an evaluation. However recommendations that were appropriate were adopted to varying degrees The UNCT and UNMIL should provide UNV with information regarding its intended programme and activity focus for the medium to long term to enhance UNV?s planning and service delivery efforts.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21] [Last Updated: 2013/03/21]

An important exercise undertaken by the UNV FU was to hold stakeholder consultations with UNCT, UNMIL, VIOS and Government partners to present the recommendations of the Country Assessment for their feedback.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
UNV FU No due date No deadline established UNV and volunteering is reflected in the UNDAF 2013-2017 in the area of youth and engagement of civil society. UNV FU is involved in the transition of UNMIL from peace keeping to peace building and a UNV HQ mission to Liberia in December reinforced UNV?s planning and service delivery with UN partners.
2. Recommendation: UNV should consider developing a separate services strategy from the programme strategy which would address the demand driven nature of requests from key clients and ensure better alignment between workplans and strategy.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21] [Last Updated: 2013/03/21]

This recommendation is across UNV as an organisation and requires overall review which is to be addressed through the 2014 -2017 Strategy Plan

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established Requires further consultations
3. Recommendation: UNV should consider providing technical and financial support to the development of the National Volunteerism Commission in Liberia and to consolidate the restructured National Youth Service Programme. The National Volunteerism Commission will be crucial in determining the institutional arrangements supporting volunteerism in
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

UNV is not a funding agency although has supported from 2009-2011 the National Youth Volunteer Programme and other national entities financially as well as substantive advisory support.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established As this initiate is was a pilot the UNCT has taken the lead under UNICEF to provide support within the framework of the UNDAF for Liberia
4. Recommendation: UNV should expand its resource mobilization and funding sources through a strategy that focuses on increased advocacy and partnership building at the country level. UNV field units should also have advocacy and communication strategies to actively promote volunteerism and the well-being of volunteers. UNV field units should be provided with the necessary capacity to do this.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

In progress under UNV corporate initiatives

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established The Partnership and Communication Divisions in UNV HQ envisaged in their workplans for 2013-2014 to design a resource mobilisation strategy and revamped the corporate UNV communication strategy to address this recommendation
5. Recommendation: As part of the recruitment process, the DOA could include at least two (2) mutually agreed performance indicators (one quantitative and one qualitative) on which UN Volunteers will be required to report at least biannually to the UNV field units. This proposed report should include Achievements, Lessons Learnt and Challenges. Identifying institutions where such data collection can easily be negotiated and started, while phasing the process of improving institutional data collection, collation and analysis is crucial. Specific attributions will naturally be difficult, but volunteers can be reported as having contributed to stated results. The current VRS system could potentially be re-designed to support this process.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

Work in progress as a corporate initiative

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Within the ongoing Volunteer Cycle Management exercise, there are plans to link the DOA elements on volunteering to assignments of the UN Volunteers to capture results. The VRS system is also under review to be revamped with a better tool and create the necessary linkages between the DOA and the envisaged tool.
[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established
6. Recommendation: Agency and institutional heads are encouraged to appropriately document and highlight the deployment and management of volunteers as a key strategy for achieving stated targets and results in Liberia.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

On going

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established As a follow up to the review a UNV HQ mission was in Liberia in December 2012 and discussions focused on support by host partners to document the contribution of UN Volunteers. This recommendation needs to be put in context as most agencies report on results and not specifically on individual staff contribution which is also applicable to UN Volunteers
7. Recommendation: Efforts should be made to implement key recommendations from past assessments particularly the UNV/DFS review. Related to this the UNV conditions of service should be reviewed with a view to improving the circumstances of UN Volunteers, harmonizing policies between different agencies, providing some capacity development and bringing clarity to key issues of concern. Opportunities for capacity development for UN Volunteers could include education on topics such as ?global career opportunities for the UN Volunteer, conflict resolution, money management, teamwork skills, entrepreneurship etc?. These would be mutually beneficial, support an exit strategy for volunteers and help make volunteers feel more appreciated.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

Work in progress as a corporate initiative

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established The recommendations from the UNV/DFS will be considered within the upcoming revision of the UNV Conditions of Service for international UN Volunteers. This is a corporate priority and anticipated to completed by the last quarter of 2014
8. Recommendation: The country context and cost of living surveys should regularly be factored into the targeted remuneration/allowances for UN Volunteers.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

Achieved

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established The Accommodation Allowance component of the Volunteer Living Allowance for Liberia has increased by 50% that is from US$800 to US$ 1,200 since the Q3 in 2012
9. Recommendation: There is an urgent need for the UNCT and UNMIL to develop a strategic plan for the transfer of capacity to nationals in Liberia.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

On track

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established The shift of UNMIL?s mandate from peace keeping to peace building implies that UN volunteers are expected to strengthen the capacity development of their national peers through the twinning arrangements of national and international volunteers. From the UNCT perspective the placement of UN Volunteers to work directly with national partners is currently in place but needs to be revamped through strategic planning.

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