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Independent Country Programme Review: Belize
Commissioning Unit: Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021
Evaluation Type: ICPE/ADR
Completion Date: 12/2020
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Belize
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Building on its strategic positioning and close partnership with the Government on the environment portfolio, UNDP Belize should continue to consolidate its work in this area, as well as strengthen its offerings to support inclusive growth and accountable institutions. UNDP should continue its support in strengthening national data management systems and mainstreaming SDGs in national planning.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/18] [Last Updated: 2021/05/28]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
During the CPD development, the country office will focus on its positioning and offerings in the current and specified programmatic areas.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
UNDP Management 2021/10 Initiated History
Programming will consolidate the energy and environment portfolio; support data capacities; and draw on the Global Policy Network.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
Programme Teams 2021/12 Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

UNDP Belize should map potential funding sources and leverage Belize’s (sub)regional relevance in resource mobilization. This should be done with support from the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean and the Panama Regional Hub. Working together with the Regional Bureau, the Belize country office should develop cost-effective solutions for UNDP to explore collaboration with the Government in implementing initiatives financed by IFIs.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/18] [Last Updated: 2021/05/28]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The country office has been seeking to build on its CA and Caribbean opportunities regarding regional or multi-country initiatives including corruption and citizen security and will continue to do the same in collaboration with the Regional Hub and other country offices.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
Management and programme teams 2021/12 Initiated
The country office has begun the process of engaging key Ministries and expects that this will also involve the UN System as a whole through the MSDF development. The country office will continue to advocate on its value proposition to support national implementation including of IFI funded initiatives with national and development partners. Generally, there will be a continued and improved focus on targeted communication related to areas of support from UNDP.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
Management and programme teams 2021/12 Initiated History
The country office will continue to review its structure recognizing the relatively high administrative cost given its size and that Belize is a MIC including through the Integrated Work Plan development process. The CO Management will also continue to advocate to the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) on the challenges faced, noting the process of clustering and development of back office facilities as well as cooperation with other COs in support this issue.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
UNDP Management 2021/12 Initiated
Resource mobilization strategy to be updated quarterly and revisited as a part of the CPD.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
Management Team 2021/10 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

UNDP should consolidate and expand its collaboration with the CSO Hub in HIV/AIDS and other UNDP working areas, to strengthen the CSO Hub’s effectiveness and sustainability.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/18] [Last Updated: 2021/05/28]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The country office is expanding work with the CSO Hub to enhance role in outreach programmes and to build capacities for social contracting.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
Global Fund Project Team 2021/12 Initiated
The country office will continue to engage CSOs and support capacity development for environmental initiatives utilizing GEF 6 & 7 and SGP modalities.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
GEF SGP and E&E Programme Team 2021/12 Initiated
The country office will continue to discuss the issue of optimal staff complement with RBLAC and the minimum requirement and sustainable financing of the positions.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
Senior Management 2022/12 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

UNDP should review its modus operandi in Belize to improve its efficiency and sustainability.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/18] [Last Updated: 2021/05/28]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The country office continues to work with the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) on streamlining the process of workload support through the clustering of services; noting that bank reconciliation, AP processing, pay cycle processing and vendor management are already completed. The country office will continue its migration of key back office functions and Common Service submissions through 2022. Additionally, the country office will continue to work with RBLAC on establishing Common Back Office Functions as part of streamline processing and cost reductions with other UN Agencies, scheduled for the end of 2021, early 2022.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
Operations Team 2022/12 Initiated
The country office has agreed with the Jamaica country office to establish joint Contracts, Assets, and Procurement (CAP) committees and Compliance Review Panels (CRPs).
[Added: 2021/05/28]
CO Management 2021/10 Initiated Joint CAP has been established, pending is the CRP. History
5. Recommendation:

UNDP Belize should improve M&E practices, establish an office-wide documentation filing system, and promote regular knowledge sharing and exchange. The country office should strengthen its strategic communication with key stakeholders at both technical and political levels.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/02/18] [Last Updated: 2021/05/28]

Fully accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Knowledge sharing across portfolios and with other COs happens to a limited extent but appreciate the need for more substantive approach.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
Management team and programme teams with communities of practice. 2021/06 Overdue-Initiated
Review of M&E role and function to ensure consistency within the resources of the CO.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
Management 2021/03 Completed
Establishment of internal digital filing system.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
ICT and PAs 2021/03 Completed Digital Filing System established in SharePoint Online.
The country office will adopt appropriate outcome and output indicators in next CPD and review periodically.
[Added: 2021/05/28]
Management Team 2021/10 Not Initiated

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