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Assessment of Development Results: Jamaica
Commissioning Unit: Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2013
Evaluation Type: ICPE/ADR
Completion Date: 04/2011
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Jamaica
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: Recommendation 1: Establish a flexible fund mechanism in the governance area.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/27] [Last Updated: 2011/08/11]

Idea to be implemented, conditional on identification of resources, and buy-in from national stakeholders

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Explore sources of funds that can be applied to flexible fund for Governance
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Resource mobilization unit Governance unit 2011/12 Completed A resource mobilization plan was developed for the entire CO in 2013
Carry out consultation with stakeholders on proposed flex fund mechanisms
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Governance unit 2011/12 Completed It was discussed and agreed that the Flex Fund mechanism would not be implemented by the governance unit.
Determine feasibility of flex fund mechanism
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Directorate 2012/03 Completed It was discussed and agreed that the Flex Fund mechanism would not be implemented by the governance unit.
If mechanism found feasible, implement flex fund mechanism:
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Implementing Partner 2013/03 Completed It was discussed and agreed that the Flex Fund mechanism would not be implemented by the governance unit.
2. Recommendation: Recommendation 2: Target young people through the media they use.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/27] [Last Updated: 2011/08/11]

Idea already in practice, as part of the Community of Practice under the Ministry of National Security, Crime Prevention & Community Safety Strategy

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Explore sources of funds to carry out programmatic work in the area of youth and governance
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Resource mobilization Governance unit 2011/12 Completed Two proposals were submitted to UNDEF and DGTF in collaboration with the University of West Indies this year.
Consult with national stakeholders to determine areas of need and possible in-kind support
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Governance team 2011/12 Completed Consultations were held with different stakeholders in 2012.
Identify appropriate implementing partner and responsible parties, if the actions above are successful.
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Governance team 2011/12 Completed Actions were not successful.
Explore possibilities using the CoP
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Governance team 2012/12 Completed CoP was suspended
3. Recommendation: Recommendation 3: Raise the profile of poverty-related activities.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/27] [Last Updated: 2011/08/11]

Improvement of UN coordination for poverty portfolio will be included in the context of new UNDAF framework

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Crafting of new ?MDG? project to include National MDG report for 2012
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Poverty Unit 2011/08 Completed Promoting MDGs project ended in December 2013. A comprehensive assessment of MDGs in Jamaica was completed in 2013 and the recommendations were submitted to GOJ.
Improved dissemination of information on activities and achievements of Poverty Unit through regular uploads to the Country Office Website, as well as active representation at relevant activities.
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Poverty Unit 2013/12 Completed CO website disseminated information on activities and achievements of Poverty Unit.
4. Recommendation: Recommendation 4: Raise the profile of environment and energy activities.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/27] [Last Updated: 2011/08/11]

Measures have already been implemented in response to the recommendations to raise the profile of the environment and energy unit, to increase knowledge sharing and information management.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Targeted invitation for stakeholders to meet and contribute to finalization of UNDAF
[Added: 2011/08/11]
Environment and Energy 2011/04 Completed Good response and written submissions.
Initiate regularly scheduled meetings with GEF Operational Focal Point
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Environment and Energy Unit 2011/10 Completed Regular meetings were held.
Improved dissemination of information on activities and achievements through regular uploads to the Country Office Website, as well as active representation at relevant activities.
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Environment and Energy Unit 2014/12 Completed Article on support for energy efficiency training for the public sector uploaded on May 09. Senior Management participated in awards function in April.
5. Recommendation: Recommendation 5: Make strenuous attempts to raise additional funds in the disaster management area.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/27] [Last Updated: 2011/08/11]

Significant efforts are continuously being made towards resource mobilization for disaster risk reduction. DRR interventions re linked to the broader environmental initiatives and adaption to climate change.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Focus resource mobilization efforts for DRR on initiatives for which Jamaica is immediately eligible
[Added: 2011/08/11]
Environment and Energy and Resource Mobilization 2011/05 Completed Proposal sent to DG ECHO under DIPECHO 7th Action Plan for the Caribbean
Continue initiatives for Jamaica to participate in the regional CRMI II Project
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Environment and Energy and Resource Mobilization 2011/08 Completed Participated in regional meetings (Virtual, COP, etc)
6. Recommendation: Recommendation 6: Ensure that gender issues are systematically and fully addressed.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/27] [Last Updated: 2011/08/11]

The collaboration will be enhanced through UNDAF outcome groups.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Confirm the role of the Gender Focal Point
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Gender Focal point 2011/12 Completed Gender focal point has been assigned from January 2014.
Include a section on gender equality in project documents
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
All programme units 2011/08 Completed This has been incorporated to project documents appropriately
Utilize the UNDAF outcome groups as a mechanism to mainstream gender more effectively within the UNDP programme
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
DRR and programme units 2011/08 Completed This has been implemented
7. Recommendation: Recommendation 7: Effectively disseminate information on UNDP activities and results.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/27] [Last Updated: 2011/08/11]

The UNDP has a communication strategy for the Jamaica Country Office. However greater emphasis will be placed on developing a tailored communication and visibility strategy for the individual programmes areas.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure communications strategy in project development processes
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Communications and Environment and Energy Units 2011/08 Completed Special emphasis is given to the role of Communication Specialist and a fulltime Communication Analyst is joining from Jan 2015
Share visibility guidelines with partners
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Environment and Energy Unit 2011/08 Completed Guidelines have been shared with partners. Further sessions have been planned to share UNDP's contribution to Jamaica and increase visibility.
8. Recommendation: Recommendation 8: Develop and measure limited set of progress indicators.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/27] [Last Updated: 2011/08/11]

Recommendation has been noted and taken into consideration when developing the 2012 to 2016 CPD. The use of fewer Key indicators will also be employed when developing the associated CPAP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Only key relevant and measurable indicators will be included in the CPAP
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
DRR, Programme, M&E focal point 2011/12 Completed Improved key relevant and measurable indicators were incorporated in the 2012-2016 CPAP
9. Recommendation: Recommendation 9: Take measures to increase efficiency, particularly of procurement and recruitment.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/05/27] [Last Updated: 2011/08/11]

Recommendation noted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Data base system to be reviewed/strengthened
[Added: 2011/08/11] [Last Updated: 2014/12/31]
Procurement Unit No due date No deadline established Database has been strengthened including the establishment of roster and the maintenance of consultant's performance evaluations

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