Support to Civil Service Training in the Republic of Azerbaijan

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Azerbaijan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2017
Completion Date:
08/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Support to Civil Service Training in the Republic of Azerbaijan
Atlas Project Number: 00064506
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Azerbaijan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 08/2017
Planned End Date: 03/2017
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Democratic Governance
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 3.2. Functions, financing and capacity of sub-national level institutions enabled to deliver improved basic services and respond to priorities voiced by the public
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: Project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 6,850
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Vera Devine Ms. veradevine@yahoo.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: AZERBAIJAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Further strengthen cooperation between project management and the beneficiary, by providing clearer guidelines on aspects of the project that have an impact on effectiveness. This includes a more thorough, collaborative process on selecting trainers.

2

Reconsider resources and sequencing needed to ensure effectiveness, in particular with respect of ToTs. This includes moving away from trainings of short duration to more protracted trainings stretching over a longer period of time; involvement in the selection of trainers to be part of the training pool; more systematic preparation of trainers in the ToTs (including their clear knowledge of who the trainees are; what the level of preparation on specific subjects is; etc.); inclusion of a trial training to be conducted by trainers-to-be; inclusion of examination/testing to ensure that trainees-to-be have mastered the specific subjects; allocation of responsibility for training and training modules to more than one trainer at the time.

3

Consider offering assistance on curriculum development and development of training methods as opposed to delivering curricula on specific topics.

4

Introduce gender as a standard perspective during project implementation.

5

UNDP continuously implements advocacy work on the different level with the Government line institutions on the issues of the Vocational Education, Trainings and capacity building

1. Recommendation:

Further strengthen cooperation between project management and the beneficiary, by providing clearer guidelines on aspects of the project that have an impact on effectiveness. This includes a more thorough, collaborative process on selecting trainers.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/29] [Last Updated: 2017/08/29]

Not agreed. Project target capacity building of the existing trainers of the Academy. The project has no mandate to influence the recruitment process of the trainers at the Public Administration Academy. Recommendation is not accepted. The evaluation consultant during the whole process of the evaluation failed to understand limitations on the revision of the project deliverables due to EU regulations.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

Reconsider resources and sequencing needed to ensure effectiveness, in particular with respect of ToTs. This includes moving away from trainings of short duration to more protracted trainings stretching over a longer period of time; involvement in the selection of trainers to be part of the training pool; more systematic preparation of trainers in the ToTs (including their clear knowledge of who the trainees are; what the level of preparation on specific subjects is; etc.); inclusion of a trial training to be conducted by trainers-to-be; inclusion of examination/testing to ensure that trainees-to-be have mastered the specific subjects; allocation of responsibility for training and training modules to more than one trainer at the time.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/29]

Partially Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project cannot accommodate development of the long duration trainings, but the more protracted trainings will be taken on board if the project will be extended or the new phase will be singed.
[Added: 2017/08/29] [Last Updated: 2018/07/09]
UNDP, project beneficiary 2018/03 Completed The project was not extended. History
3. Recommendation:

Consider offering assistance on curriculum development and development of training methods as opposed to delivering curricula on specific topics.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/29]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP currently is working on the concept on the new phase of the assistance to the Public Administration Academy. Curriculum development and development of training methods will be included into the concept.
[Added: 2017/08/29] [Last Updated: 2018/07/09]
UNDP 2018/03 Completed The concept note was developed and submitted to the Government. History
4. Recommendation:

Introduce gender as a standard perspective during project implementation.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/29]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The gender component will be included into the concept.
[Added: 2017/08/29] [Last Updated: 2018/07/09]
UNDP 2018/03 Completed History
5. Recommendation:

UNDP continuously implements advocacy work on the different level with the Government line institutions on the issues of the Vocational Education, Trainings and capacity building

Management Response: [Added: 2017/08/29]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP continuously implements advocacy work on the different level with the Government line institutions on the issues of the Vocational Education, Trainings and capacity building
[Added: 2017/08/29] [Last Updated: 2018/07/09]
UNDP, Government and other Donors 2018/03 Completed History

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