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DFID UNDP SPI Final Evaluation
Commissioning Unit: Viet Nam
Evaluation Plan: 2006-2011
Evaluation Type: Others
Completion Date: 06/2009
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Viet Nam
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: In the new set-up of One UN in Vietnam, DFID financial support will be provided un-earmarked to the One UN Fund. In order to extend the partnership with UNDP in Vietnam, there is a need for DFID to remain engaged with UNDP on a strategic and technical level and thus to further support the change process that it has encouraged so far.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/08/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
DFID remains actively involved in the One UN initiative and continues to interact with UNDP in that context. UNDP maintains a substantive relationship with DFID on development issues that were covered by the SPI
[Added: 2009/08/05]
Country Director 2009/08 Completed
2. Recommendation: Much of the work on policy analysis and dialogue has been exploratory, making use of ad hoc opportunities and responding to immediate needs that existed in various parts of GOV. There is a need to move in the future towards a more strategic longer term approach in terms of what issues to address and whom to work with
Management Response: [Added: 2009/08/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
PA/s are now moving towards formulating interventions with a multi-year horizon based on opportunity driven initiatives that successfully developed.
[Added: 2009/08/05] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
DCD (P), all PA/s, cluster heads 2010/01 Completed PA/ROL-A2J led drafting of UNDP legal strategy in Dec 2008, and used this to shape formulation of new projects in 2009.
PA/s increasingly participate in strategy work of the CO and the One UN to actively participate in the preparation of UN(DP) strategic planning documents including CPAPs and CCAs.
[Added: 2009/08/05] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
DCD (P), all PA/s, cluster heads 2010/01 Completed Ongoing. e.g. Economics PA actively involved in the preparation of the UN's CCA
UNDP to hold regular internal brainstorming meetings, including all PA/s and other senior and progamme staff, to address cross-cutting issues and strengthen links between progamme and policy activities
[Added: 2009/08/05] [Last Updated: 2010/12/28]
DCD (P), all PA/s, cluster heads 2010/12 Completed Ongoing. Several brainstorming sessions held at PAs, STAs, Heads of Unit and UNDP programme level.
Establishment of policy advisory services group, which brings together all PAs, STAs, heads of Unit and UNDP Senior management team
[Added: 2009/08/05] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
DCD (P), all PA/s, cluster heads 2010/01 Completed Meetings held on a bi-monthly basis.
3. Recommendation: With the work of the policy advisors the type of activities conducted and roles played by UNDP have become more diverse. In addition to implementing existing projects there is a variety of non-project activities being implemented and new type of projects emerge, which are analysis and knowledge building oriented. Over time there is a need to look more explicitly at how these various parts mutually reinforce one another in order to create the synergy needed to contribute to realisation of the the One UN goals.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/08/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
PA/s to work within framework of overall sector strategies including project and non-project work (as above)
[Added: 2009/08/05] [Last Updated: 2010/12/28]
DCD (P), all PA/s, cluster heads 2010/12 Completed Ongoing (see above)
PA/s now play an active role in project formulation and evaluation. They remain engaged in policy level interventions during implementation to maximise policy content of projects and to look for synergies with non-project work
[Added: 2009/08/05] [Last Updated: 2010/12/28]
DCD (P), all PA/s, cluster heads 2010/12 Completed Ongoing. PA/Economics is actively involved in the formulation of CEU NEX projects and the preparation of AWPs.
PA/s to play catalytic role in PCGs (e.g. through leading sub-groups such as the one on access to justice), looking for cross-cutting policy issues which can be addressed at a One-UN level.
[Added: 2009/08/05] [Last Updated: 2010/12/28]
DCD (P), all PA/s, cluster heads 2010/12 Completed Ongoing. PA/ROL-A2J leads Access to Justice Sub-Group within Governance PCG, which is formulating proposals for One-UN-wide policy work.
Recruit additional policy coordination resources to enrich linkages between projects and non-project policy work.
[Added: 2009/08/05] [Last Updated: 2010/12/28]
DCD (P), all PA/s, cluster heads 2010/12 Completed UNDP has included post of part-time national Policy Coordinator in draft DPO for new A2J project. Expect to recruit in Q4 2009
4. Recommendation: There is a need to further institutionalise the policy work within the country office including:  Create a clear organisational structure for the policy advisory function  Need for senior level Vietnamese programme staff to provide substantive support to advisors in terms of relations with partners and contents of programming and whose capacity can be built in the process, one on one relationships would be preferable in this respect  Provide administrative support to policy advisers / policy advisory unit
Management Response: [Added: 2009/08/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Policy Advisory Team has already been established as part of CO revamped structure. PAT and Cluster groups have increased the frequency of their interaction, which includes exchange of information on programming content and partnership with national counterparts Carry out assessment of current needs and resources for administrative support within PAT, and act on recommendations from this assessment.
[Added: 2009/08/05] [Last Updated: 2010/01/19]
DCD (O) 2010/01 Completed Senior Policy Coordinator - to be recruited in Q4 2009. Administrative support assessment in Q3 2009, act on recommendations in Q4 2009.
5. Recommendation: Policy advisory work needs to be linked more explicitly with capacity development of partner agencies in order to build capacities on national level.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/08/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
PA/s to take lead in drafting overall sector and UNDP-wide strategies (see above) which should explicitly consider capacity development issues.
[Added: 2009/08/05] [Last Updated: 2010/12/28]
Policy Advisors 2010/12 Completed
6. Recommendation: There is an urgent need to reinforce Monitoring and Evaluation within UNDP Vietnam. This concerns the quality of M&E systems of the various projects and needs to include the use of outcome level assessments. Moreover, there is a need to look at means for Monitoring and Evaluation of policy analysis and advocacy initiatives. This needs to consider the specific requirements of M&E of research initiatives on the one hand and of information dissemination and advocacy / policy influencing on the other hand. M&E of policy analysis and advocacy needs to include process issues and needs to be adapted to be able to deal with longer gestation periods which are more characteristics for this type of work. The International M&E Adviser that will be recruited will need to have experience with M&E in research and advocacy issues, in addition to projects level M&E.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/08/05]

Partly agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Management has made a similar diagnostic. Attention had been paid to M&E especially in the context of one UN with UNDP involvement in the One UN M&E WG. All UNDP outcomes had been put under One UN outcomes and in different PCGs. While the UNDP contributions to the development of the One UN database helps to monitor the situation and give strategic programming, the One UN report includes UNDP results at outcome levels. Besides, a M&E team has been established and staffed. Interventions include support to the strengthening of project results framework and M&E. Management and Policy advisors' focus will be on measuring the impact of policy interventions through bringing M&E in PAT work.
[Added: 2009/08/05]
DCD (P) 2009/08 Completed
7. Recommendation: UNDP needs to reconsider the role of NEX modality in countries that move towards middle income status and provide additional means of engagement for country offices in addition to the NEX modality.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/08/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This has been taken in due consideration by UNDP engaging the Government in the study tour to MIC countries and participating in MIC forums. UNDP Vietnam also participates in a UNCP corporate initiative on MIC issues and UNDP role in those countries.
[Added: 2009/08/05]
Country Director/DCD (P) 2009/08 Completed

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