Final Evaluation of Asia Youth Volunteers Programme in Tanzania and Zambia

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2017, UNV
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
08/2016
Completion Date:
10/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
33,720

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Title Final Evaluation of Asia Youth Volunteers Programme in Tanzania and Zambia
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2017, UNV
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2016
Planned End Date: 08/2016
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 33,720
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: GLOBAL
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

UNV should explore the possibilities for building on the partnerships and lessons learned from the AYVEP for post-AYVEP interventions through related themes such as CCA, women and youth entrepreneurship in agribusiness, and support to non-food rural enterprise.

2

It is strongly recommended that any intervention built upon the AYVEP should be undertaken by UNV in partnership with a UN agency that has the resources and staffing to provide a programmatic anchor for it. 

3

UNV should build upon the constructive relationships it developed with its AVYEP partners in any post-AYVEP or other related interventions. 

4

UNV should include reference to basic M&E terminologies and methodologies, as well as the rationale for programme M&E, in the induction of its volunteers for all projects.

5

UNV should proactively explore possibilities for partnership with non-traditional funders for post-AYVEP and related projects. 

1. Recommendation:

UNV should explore the possibilities for building on the partnerships and lessons learned from the AYVEP for post-AYVEP interventions through related themes such as CCA, women and youth entrepreneurship in agribusiness, and support to non-food rural enterprise.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/27] [Last Updated: 2016/12/27]

This recommendation is accepted. The identified themes will continue to drive the work of UNV, specifically in terms of the SDGs. UNV/DPS will work to apply lessons learned from this evaluation in current and future work.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Identify current projects approved and/or under implementation where these themes and lessons learned can be applied.
[Added: 2016/12/27] [Last Updated: 2017/08/16]
Development Programming Section 2017/03 Completed Three projects are currently identified which can benefit from AYVEP lessons learned. These are: 1. Rwanda Youth Economic Empowerment and Volunteerism 2. Graduate volunteer scheme in Uganda 3. Empowerment of adolescent girls and young women through education Comment August 2017: The project on the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women was not approved. However, applicable lessons learned have been incorporated into the other two projects. This recommendation can be closed.
Share and apply AYVEP project lessons learned with identified projects
[Added: 2016/12/27] [Last Updated: 2017/08/16]
Development Programming Section 2017/08 Completed Comment August 2017: The project on the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women was not approved. However, applicable lessons learned have been incorporated into the other two projects. This recommendation can be closed.
2. Recommendation:

It is strongly recommended that any intervention built upon the AYVEP should be undertaken by UNV in partnership with a UN agency that has the resources and staffing to provide a programmatic anchor for it. 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/27] [Last Updated: 2016/12/27]

This recommendation is accepted. Currently there are no projects/work identified to directly build on AYVEP. However, UNV/DPS continues to work with the AYVEP partners in both Zambia and Tanzania (UNCDF, UNDP, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Zambia), Chamber of Commerce (Tanzania)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Building on the support garnered during AYVEP work, UNV will explore new initiatives around the SDGs. This work will include the exploration of partnerships with UNCDF, FAO and Chamber of Commerce. Specifically, DPS will follow up with Chamber of Commerce/private sector in Tanzania and the Ministry of Culture and Forestry in Zambia related to initiatives around agriculture and climate change. DPS will also approach UN agencies, including, FAO, UNCDF and UNDP.
[Added: 2016/12/27] [Last Updated: 2017/08/16]
Development Programming Section (DPS) 2017/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: UNV continues to work with various partners, however with the new Strategic Framework and Transformation Plan, UNV will no longer focus on programming outside of Volunteer Infrastructure. The work to address the role of volunteerism in achieving the SDGs is being addressed in the development of the new UNV Strategic Framework 2018-2021 and addressed in recommendations 1 and 4 of the SF Evaluation. ]
DPS has identified a potential collaboration with FAO. This is a project promoting a rice paddy to market value chain with a youth focus.
3. Recommendation:

UNV should build upon the constructive relationships it developed with its AVYEP partners in any post-AYVEP or other related interventions. 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/27] [Last Updated: 2017/08/16]

This recommendation is accepted. The response to this recommendation is the same as the response to recommendation two.

Update: August 2017 UNV continues to work with various partners, however with the new Strategic Framework and Transformation Plan, UNV will no longer focus on programming outside of Volunteer Infrastructure. The work to address the role of volunteerism in achieving the SDGs is being addressed in the development of the new UNV Strategic Framework 2018-2021 and addressed in recommendations 1 and 4 of the SF Evaluation.

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Building on the support garnered during AYVEP work, UNV will explore new initiatives around the SDGs. This work will include the exploration of partnerships with UNCDF, FAO and Chamber of Commerce. Specifically, DPS will follow up with Chamber of Commerce/private sector in Tanzania and the Ministry of Culture and Forestry in Zambia related to initiatives around agriculture and climate change. DPS will also approach UN agencies, including, FAO, UNCDF and UNDP.
[Added: 2017/08/16]
DPS 2017/06 No Longer Applicable [Justification: UNV continues to work with various partners, however with the new Strategic Framework and Transformation Plan, UNV will no longer focus on programming outside of Volunteer Infrastructure. The work to address the role of volunteerism in achieving the SDGs is being addressed in the development of the new UNV Strategic Framework 2018-2021 and addressed in recommendations 1 and 4 of the SF Evaluation]
4. Recommendation:

UNV should include reference to basic M&E terminologies and methodologies, as well as the rationale for programme M&E, in the induction of its volunteers for all projects.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/27]

This recommendation is only partially accepted.

UNV has had little capacity to support M & E; especially decentralized evaluation. This capacity is now increasing. However, due to the large number of volunteers working in diverse areas and organizations, it is not possible or appropriate for UNV to provide M & E induction training to all volunteers.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Enhancing RBM at UNV Project aims at strengthening institutional RBM capacities ensuring an ability to report on programmatic and volunteer contributions to development and peace results.
[Added: 2016/12/27] [Last Updated: 2018/01/12]
Results Management Support Section (RMSS) 2017/12 Completed The Enhancing RBM Project is in the final development stage and will be implemented within 2017 01/2018: A monitoring and evaluation handbook for UNV is currently under development. RBM training is scheduled for the first half of 2018.
In 2017, a volunteer reporting mechanism (VRM) to report on volunteer results will be established as key monitoring tool; respective capacity building will be addressed through online learning content accessible to all volunteers
[Added: 2016/12/27] [Last Updated: 2018/01/12]
Results Management Support Section (RMSS) 2017/12 Completed The VRM is developed and will be rolled-out in March 2018. The roll-out will include training.
Current Field Unit Induction Workshops for Programme Officers contain sessions on RBM and M&E terminology, rationale, methodologies and tools. Field Unit Induction Workshops for Programme Officers are scheduled periodically as necessary.
[Added: 2016/12/27]
Development Programming Support Section (DPS) in collaboration with Results Management Support Section (RMSS) 2017/01 Completed The newly approved Project Management SOPs describe the UNV processes, standards and templates for measurement of project results i.e. (results) planning, monitoring and reporting and are available on-line. Project level reporting depends on the Lead Implementing Partner and/ or donor reporting requirements; as such training on programme reporting is guided by the host agency/ host project context and responsible authority. In case where this is UNV, regional workshops have been conducted to guide respective programme management staff through the monitoring and reporting.
5. Recommendation:

UNV should proactively explore possibilities for partnership with non-traditional funders for post-AYVEP and related projects. 

Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/27]

This recommendation is accepted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
DPS will work with partnership section to identify appropriate non-traditional funders.
[Added: 2016/12/27] [Last Updated: 2017/08/16]
Development Programming Section in collaboration with partnership unit. 2017/06 Completed In the next UNV Strategic Framework 2018-2021, programming will be limited and focused specifically on Volunteer Infrastructure. In addition, recommendations 6 and 7 of the Strategic Framework Evaluation address expanding UNV partnerships with non-traditional partners, including the private sector. This will allow this recommendation to be applied at an organizational level rather than within the specific DPS context.
UNV/DPS will work to develop specific, mutually beneficial projects and activities to partner with the identified funders.
[Added: 2016/12/27] [Last Updated: 2017/08/16]
Development Programming Section 2017/08 Completed In the next UNV Strategic Framework 2018-2021, programming will be limited and focused specifically on Volunteer Infrastructure. In addition, recommendations 6 and 7 of the Strategic Framework Evaluation address expanding UNV partnerships with non-traditional partners, including the private sector. This will allow this recommendation to be applied at an organizational level rather than within the specific DPS context.

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