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UNITED NATIONS VOLUNTEERS LIBERIA COUNTRY ASSESSMENT 2010 -2012
Commissioning Unit: UNV
Evaluation Plan: 2009-2011
Evaluation Type: Others
Completion Date: 06/2012
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: UNV
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: A Management Response is not typically required for a Country Assessment as this is not an evaluation. However recommendations that were appropriate were adopted to varying degrees The UNCT and UNMIL should provide UNV with information regarding its intended programme and activity focus for the medium to long term to enhance UNV?s planning and service delivery efforts.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21] [Last Updated: 2013/03/21]

An important exercise undertaken by the UNV FU was to hold stakeholder consultations with UNCT, UNMIL, VIOS and Government partners to present the recommendations of the Country Assessment for their feedback.

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Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
UNV FU No due date No deadline established UNV and volunteering is reflected in the UNDAF 2013-2017 in the area of youth and engagement of civil society. UNV FU is involved in the transition of UNMIL from peace keeping to peace building and a UNV HQ mission to Liberia in December reinforced UNV?s planning and service delivery with UN partners.
2. Recommendation: UNV should consider developing a separate services strategy from the programme strategy which would address the demand driven nature of requests from key clients and ensure better alignment between workplans and strategy.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21] [Last Updated: 2013/03/21]

This recommendation is across UNV as an organisation and requires overall review which is to be addressed through the 2014 -2017 Strategy Plan

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Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established Requires further consultations
3. Recommendation: UNV should consider providing technical and financial support to the development of the National Volunteerism Commission in Liberia and to consolidate the restructured National Youth Service Programme. The National Volunteerism Commission will be crucial in determining the institutional arrangements supporting volunteerism in
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

UNV is not a funding agency although has supported from 2009-2011 the National Youth Volunteer Programme and other national entities financially as well as substantive advisory support.

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Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established As this initiate is was a pilot the UNCT has taken the lead under UNICEF to provide support within the framework of the UNDAF for Liberia
4. Recommendation: UNV should expand its resource mobilization and funding sources through a strategy that focuses on increased advocacy and partnership building at the country level. UNV field units should also have advocacy and communication strategies to actively promote volunteerism and the well-being of volunteers. UNV field units should be provided with the necessary capacity to do this.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

In progress under UNV corporate initiatives

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Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established The Partnership and Communication Divisions in UNV HQ envisaged in their workplans for 2013-2014 to design a resource mobilisation strategy and revamped the corporate UNV communication strategy to address this recommendation
5. Recommendation: As part of the recruitment process, the DOA could include at least two (2) mutually agreed performance indicators (one quantitative and one qualitative) on which UN Volunteers will be required to report at least biannually to the UNV field units. This proposed report should include Achievements, Lessons Learnt and Challenges. Identifying institutions where such data collection can easily be negotiated and started, while phasing the process of improving institutional data collection, collation and analysis is crucial. Specific attributions will naturally be difficult, but volunteers can be reported as having contributed to stated results. The current VRS system could potentially be re-designed to support this process.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

Work in progress as a corporate initiative

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Within the ongoing Volunteer Cycle Management exercise, there are plans to link the DOA elements on volunteering to assignments of the UN Volunteers to capture results. The VRS system is also under review to be revamped with a better tool and create the necessary linkages between the DOA and the envisaged tool.
[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established
6. Recommendation: Agency and institutional heads are encouraged to appropriately document and highlight the deployment and management of volunteers as a key strategy for achieving stated targets and results in Liberia.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

On going

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Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established As a follow up to the review a UNV HQ mission was in Liberia in December 2012 and discussions focused on support by host partners to document the contribution of UN Volunteers. This recommendation needs to be put in context as most agencies report on results and not specifically on individual staff contribution which is also applicable to UN Volunteers
7. Recommendation: Efforts should be made to implement key recommendations from past assessments particularly the UNV/DFS review. Related to this the UNV conditions of service should be reviewed with a view to improving the circumstances of UN Volunteers, harmonizing policies between different agencies, providing some capacity development and bringing clarity to key issues of concern. Opportunities for capacity development for UN Volunteers could include education on topics such as ?global career opportunities for the UN Volunteer, conflict resolution, money management, teamwork skills, entrepreneurship etc?. These would be mutually beneficial, support an exit strategy for volunteers and help make volunteers feel more appreciated.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

Work in progress as a corporate initiative

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Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established The recommendations from the UNV/DFS will be considered within the upcoming revision of the UNV Conditions of Service for international UN Volunteers. This is a corporate priority and anticipated to completed by the last quarter of 2014
8. Recommendation: The country context and cost of living surveys should regularly be factored into the targeted remuneration/allowances for UN Volunteers.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

Achieved

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Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established The Accommodation Allowance component of the Volunteer Living Allowance for Liberia has increased by 50% that is from US$800 to US$ 1,200 since the Q3 in 2012
9. Recommendation: There is an urgent need for the UNCT and UNMIL to develop a strategic plan for the transfer of capacity to nationals in Liberia.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/03/21]

On track

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Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents

[Added: 2013/03/21]
No due date No deadline established The shift of UNMIL?s mandate from peace keeping to peace building implies that UN volunteers are expected to strengthen the capacity development of their national peers through the twinning arrangements of national and international volunteers. From the UNCT perspective the placement of UN Volunteers to work directly with national partners is currently in place but needs to be revamped through strategic planning.

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