Evaluation of UNV Support to enhancing capacity of United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience in South and East Asia and Pacific

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2021, UNV
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2018
Completion Date:
11/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,500

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Title Evaluation of UNV Support to enhancing capacity of United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience in South and East Asia and Pacific
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021, UNV
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2018
Planned End Date: 12/2018
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Organisational Output 3.2 UNDP support to integrated SDG delivery
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,500
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 20,500
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Lawrence Robertson Consultant robertsonlawrence@hotmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: THAILAND
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

If UNV is going to implement regional thematic programs, it should consider developing clear briefings and ensure clear communication with UN Volunteers that are part of regional programmes to facilitate their efficient work towards programmes goals and objectives.

2

If UNV is going to implement regional thematic programs, it should develop ways to make reporting straightforward and facilitate management of the program and UN Volunteers in the program by UNV regional thematic program managers.

3

While UN Volunteers can implement regional programs, UNV should consider what the benefits to implementing regional thematic projects are for UNV as an organisation.

4

If UNV is going to implement regional programmes, it should develop ways to have them systematically and clearly add value to the placement of UN Volunteers with host agencies based on sharing and synthesising learning across countries in the region.

5

UNV should seek to place UN Volunteers for a substantial period of time in order to develop the trust and confidence of national counterparts and staff of the UN host agency needed to make substantial contributions to DRR through their work on UN agency projects through a regional UNV project.

6

UNV and UN Volunteers should continue to emphasize and promote volunteerism as the area where UNV most clearly has a specialization that contributes to UNCTs, partner UN agencies, and national agencies.

7

In order to more strongly support women, youth, people with disabilities, and marginalized people, UNV should develop clear guidance for UN Volunteers to more effectively and efficiently focus on these populations in their work and provide structured support through UNV managers for these efforts.

8

UNV should be more realistic and modest about the roles and expectations of deployed UN Volunteers in UN-system coordination in the drafting of any thematic project documents as well as in the expectations put in any Description of Assignment.

1. Recommendation:

If UNV is going to implement regional thematic programs, it should consider developing clear briefings and ensure clear communication with UN Volunteers that are part of regional programmes to facilitate their efficient work towards programmes goals and objectives.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/23] [Last Updated: 2019/04/23]

UNV agrees with the recommendation. This project was designed prior to the opening of UNV's Regional Office in Bangkok in 2015 and prior to its Strategic Framework 2018-2021. UNV has revisited its approach to programming since and is not implementing directly thematic programmes anymore.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
No action needed, as UNV does not foresee to engage in this kind of thematic regional programme anymore as implementing partner.
[Added: 2019/04/23]
UNV 2018/11 No Longer Applicable [Justification: UNV is not directly implementing regional thematic programmes anymore.]
History
2. Recommendation:

If UNV is going to implement regional thematic programs, it should develop ways to make reporting straightforward and facilitate management of the program and UN Volunteers in the program by UNV regional thematic program managers.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/23] [Last Updated: 2019/04/23]

UNV agrees with the recommendation. This project was designed prior to the opening of UNV's Regional Office in Bangkok in 2015 and prior to the Strategic Framework 2018-2021. UNV has revisited its approach to programming since and is not implementing directly thematic programmes anymore.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
No action needed, as UNV does not foresee to engage in this kind of thematic regional programme anymore as implementing partner.
[Added: 2019/04/23]
UNV 2018/11 No Longer Applicable [Justification: UNV is not directly implementing regional thematic programmes anymore.]
History
3. Recommendation:

While UN Volunteers can implement regional programs, UNV should consider what the benefits to implementing regional thematic projects are for UNV as an organisation.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/23]

UNV agrees with the recommendation. This project was designed prior to the opening of UNV's Regional Office in Bangkok in 2015 and prior to the Strategic Framework 2018-2021. UNV's engagement in thematic regional programmes was discontinued under the new Strategic Framework.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
No action needed, as no rules for programme engagement are in place and UNV does not foresee to engage in this kind of programme anymore as implementing partner.
[Added: 2019/04/23]
UNV 2018/11 No Longer Applicable [Justification: UNV is not directly implementing regional thematic programmes anymore.]
History
4. Recommendation:

If UNV is going to implement regional programmes, it should develop ways to have them systematically and clearly add value to the placement of UN Volunteers with host agencies based on sharing and synthesising learning across countries in the region.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/23]

UNV agrees with the recommendation. This programme was developed as a regional programme more than 5 years ago but without a clear regional purpose and value added. No regional results and regional partners where involved as well as very limited knowledge sharing happened among countries.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
For the time being, it is not envisaged for UNV to engage in regional programmes. Shall a regional programme be developed, UNDP's guidance defined by POPP (Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures) for regional programmes should be followed to ensure clear relevance and value added.
[Added: 2019/04/23]
UNV 2018/11 No Longer Applicable [Justification: For the time being, it is not envisaged for UNV to engage in regional programmes.]
History
5. Recommendation:

UNV should seek to place UN Volunteers for a substantial period of time in order to develop the trust and confidence of national counterparts and staff of the UN host agency needed to make substantial contributions to DRR through their work on UN agency projects through a regional UNV project.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/23]

UNV agrees with the recommendation. Overall incoherence of the regional programme approach led to a high rate of staff turnover in some countries and on the regional level which impacted on the duration of contracts.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNV's new cost recovery is more conducive to longer term assignment. In addition, UNV is advocating when possible for assignments of a minimum duration of one year.
[Added: 2019/04/23]
UNV Regional Office 2018/11 Completed
6. Recommendation:

UNV and UN Volunteers should continue to emphasize and promote volunteerism as the area where UNV most clearly has a specialization that contributes to UNCTs, partner UN agencies, and national agencies.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/23]

UNV agrees with the recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNV's Strategic Framework 2018-2021 revisited its focus on the promotion of volunteerism and the support to the Global Plan of Action on Volunteerism, which is the core mandate of UNV.
[Added: 2019/04/23]
UNV Volunteer Advisory Services Section and Regional Offices 2018/11 Completed
7. Recommendation:

In order to more strongly support women, youth, people with disabilities, and marginalized people, UNV should develop clear guidance for UN Volunteers to more effectively and efficiently focus on these populations in their work and provide structured support through UNV managers for these efforts.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/23]

UNV agrees with the recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Volunteer Reporting App (VRA) collects data on UN Volunteers’ experiences in their assignment. Analysis of his data is ongoing and will allow UNV to connect volunteers in peer-to-peer exchange networks.
[Added: 2019/04/23]
Executive Office (RBM) 2018/12 Completed
8. Recommendation:

UNV should be more realistic and modest about the roles and expectations of deployed UN Volunteers in UN-system coordination in the drafting of any thematic project documents as well as in the expectations put in any Description of Assignment.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/23]

UNV agrees with the recommendation. The Description of Assignments were very ambitious with limited resources and capacities to support.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
More standardized profiles for UN Coordination functions are being developed to support the new Resident Coordinator system.
[Added: 2019/04/23]
UNV Regional Office in cooperation with UN partners 2019/04 Completed

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