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De-risking Renewable Energy Investment
Commissioning Unit: Kazakhstan
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 03/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Kazakhstan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Reconsider split project management arrangement and make the shift to a full-time PM.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation and will immediately recruit a full-fledged Project Manager for the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revise existing Terms of Reference of the Project Manager to manage only UNDP/GEF “Derisking Renewable Energy Investment”
[Added: 2021/03/28]
UNDP GEF Portfolio Manager 2021/03 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Prepare a plan for improved and accelerated project implementation with the Country Support Team. Budget ambitiously in order to remedy disbursement delivery shortfalls.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation. and will as soon as possible develop a plan for accelerated delivery to remedy disbursement delivery shortfalls, and will be reflected in AWP 2021.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Preparing a plan for improved and accelerated project implementation
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Project Manager, Chief Technical Advisor, under the guidance of the GEF Portfolio Manager and RTA 2021/02 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Secure definitive documentation of delivered co-financing immediately, and again for the Terminal Evaluation

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation. The project will take immediate steps to file all co-financing letters initially committed at the project's design stage. The project will conduct a regular calculation and put a tracking mechanism in place to track expenditures under co-finance contributions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will track all cofinance commitments from project design stage and establish a system for regularly (bi-annually) updating expenditures
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Project Manager, CTA ,Resources Monitoring and M&E Associate 2021/06 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Revise the project Risk Log in light of the COVID-19 crisis, thoroughly revise proposed countermeasures, and make these countermeasures a central part of project strategy and activities.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation. The project will keep the risk log updated, given the ubiquitous effect of COVID-19. The project team will assess the risks, level of exposure, and development of the coping strategy to implement the project activities successfully.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revision of the project Risk Log in light of the COVID-19 crisis and keep risk log updated in Atlas regularly
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Project Manager Chief Technical Advisor Task Leaders Programme Associate 2021/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Consider applying for a no-cost extension of the project period (up to 12 months, plus 6 months because of COVID-19) if more time is needed to adopt legislation (Component 2), implement financial mechanisms (Component 3), and spend project grant funds

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation. The extension will be requested, following established UNDP-GEF procedures.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Based on Accelerated Delivery Plan, work out exact timeframes and implementation strategy for adopting legislation, implementing financial mechanisms
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Project Manager,Chief Technical Advisor 2021/02 Completed
Based on above analysis, submit justification for a project extension request to BPPS NCE
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Project Manager,GEF Portfolio Manager 2021/03 Completed
6. Recommendation:

Close the Project's activity on the site-specific auction mechanism Component 1, but ensure effective knowledge-sharing by preparing a lessons learned study and possibly a short lessons learned video, to be distributed via web-based channels, UNDP knowledge-sharing networks including via the global DREI initiative, and partner agencies.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hire a consultant for conducting a lessons-learned study on site-specific auctions under Component 1
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Project Manager Chief Technical Advisor 2021/06 Initiated
Refine the project’s communication strategy with a comprehensive multi-year action plan, including development of communications products on sitespecific auctions (videos, etc.) for broad dissemination.
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Project Manager CO Communications Specialist 2021/02 Completed
7. Recommendation:

Develop and implement measures to enhance political will for adoption of the legislative amendments, while also supporting building code revisions as an alternative or supplemental policy de-risking tool

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation; The project will design measures and enhance interaction with key national stakeholders to facilitate better understanding, ownership and potical will for adoption of proposed amendments, particularly those concnerning subsidies. Following parliamentary elections in January, 2021 new Parliament has been formed - the project will work closely with new MPs, Ministry of Energy, national grid operators, and other stakeholders in pursuing legislative amendments in the RE sector.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Strengthen the workplan of the project for 2021 with support on law making process, additional research and advocacy, as well as workshops and consultations with key national stakeholders to raise awareness about anticipated policy and legislative amendments in the RE sector
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Project Manager Chief Technical Advisor Team Leaders 2021/02 Completed
8. Recommendation:

Expand the Project's communications and outreach, including execution of a project-wide lessons-learned report and final conference

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation. The project will update its communications and outreach strategy and action plan (see B1.2), and include preparation of a lessons-learned report and final conference in its final year of implementation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include preparation of a lessons-learned report and final conference into project’s final year of implementation
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Project Manager 2023/02 Initiated
9. Recommendation:

Immediately develop detailed market research (including investment risk analysis based on DREI methodology) on selected small-scale RE technologies, business models for their delivery and use, and potential numbers of implementers

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation The project will provide tailored support through a two-phased approach to the following technologies: heat pumps and solid biomass fuel. The project works on a broader strategy regarding market research and support tailoring in a holistic way. The outputs of technical contract to date (for instance, Development of Minimum Requirements for the Application of Renewable Energy Technologies in Civil Engineering Facilities, etc.) will be used and will inform the proposed market research.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Development of a detailed market research as a basis for tailoring support measures to a different types of small-scale RES
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Project Manager Chief Technical Advisor 2021/10 Initiated
10. Recommendation:

Use the market research conducted under recommendation D.1 to establish priorities for promotion, as well as customization and delivery of incentives for selected technologies and business models

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/28]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Based on findings under market research (D.1.1), establish priorities for promotion, customization and delivery of incentives for selected technologies and business models
[Added: 2021/03/28]
Project Manager Chief Technical Advisor 2021/12 Initiated

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