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Mid Term Evaluation Support to the Electoral Cycle in Jordan 2012-2017
Commissioning Unit: Jordan
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 11/2015
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Jordan
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: Recommendation 1:Steps be taken to ensure that the project period be extended to end 2017 to maintain cohesion and stability during the current electoral cycle while assessment and discussion on and preparations for a new project to succeed the current one are pursued and finalized.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/08]

UNDP concurs with this recommendation and the Country Office has already initiated steps to obtain an extension to the project. A Needs Assessment Mission, to be led by the UN Electoral Affairs Division, is to be deployed in January 2016 and is expected to formalize the extension of the project?s mandate beyond March 2017. Resource mobilization has also been started, with positive indicators from two donors for support to 2017 and beyond.

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2. Recommendation: Recommendation 2: A window of complementary programme support to IEC electoral stakeholders (civil society, media, political parties, observers) be included as much as possible into re-programming of the current project, and be a key component in future programme models as a means of bridge-building between the EMB and other relevant parties as part of an approach to inclusive political processes.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/08]

UNDP concurs with this recommendation. The project has supported engagement with stakeholders throughout the project but its scope was limited for various reasons and UNDP recognizes the importance of ensuring greater levels of engagement. Moving forward, the project has commenced direct engagement with civil society actors on issues relating to electoral disputes, and is making progress with the IEC in support of more effective outreach opportunities. Looking ahead, a key component of redesigns of the project document will seek to enable engagements across all relevant stakeholders, both in terms of activities in direct support of the IEC?s external relations, and as complementary activities that can facilitate better relations/knowledge-sharing with stakeholders.

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3. Recommendation: Recommendation 3: Clarity be sought on any need to extend the mandate of UN support to electoral processes.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/08]

UNDP concurs with this recommendation. As noted in the response to Recommendation 1, a UN/UNDP Needs Assessment Mission is expected to take place in January 2016. The NAM will determine the mandate for UN electoral assistance from 2017 onwards.

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4. Recommendation: Recommendation 4: A decision of the Project?s engagement of an Operational Adviser be taken (given IFES?s intention to also deploy a similar position) as a matter of priority.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/08]

UNDP concurs with this recommendation. The project has raised this as a priority as the most recent meeting of the Project Board and a decision is expected in early 2016.

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5. Recommendation: Recommendation 5: Electoral timeline challenges be addressed through an agreed transition process while future directions are cemented so that the significant and important achievements to date are not compromised and continuity is maintained through a critical period.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/08]

UNDP concurs with this recommendation. The project has developed an annual work plan for 2016 that enables flexibility for variable timeline scenarios, and also includes building upon key areas of achievement (in particular the Capacity Development Plan, Communications Plan, Voter Registration Data Base, and the Procedural Framework Review) in terms of their adaption to the different electoral processes. The project, with the Project Board?s support, is focused on developing a comprehensive and relevant range of interventions to ensure core IEC capacity building and election-specific support. The project is also liaising with the IEC to develop an effective exit strategy for the project to ensure continuation of activities post-2020. The Annual Work Plan is targeted for adoption by January 2016.

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6. Recommendation: Recommendation 6: A robust MEL framework be developed and that a specialist advisor be recruited short term to re-frame the logframe in terms of measurable indictors of progress and substantive baselines that are more than a yes/no assessment.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/08]

UNDP concurs with this recommendation. UNDP recognises that the M&E framework for the project could be improved especially in terms of identifying more relevant and appropriate indicators of progress and for establishing effective baselines and data-capturing. The Country Office will support the project to deploy a specialist advisor on this area, with a target of March 2016 for a revised logframe.

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7. Recommendation: Recommendation 7: The project invest in on-going political economy analysis to advise on areas of traction; continually monitor the political context and landscape; inform on emerging risk and advise on emerging issues and opportunities.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/08]

UNDP will consider this recommendation further. UNDP recognises the importance of political economy analysis in an electoral assistance framework, and considers that the project already undertakes a good but ad hoc level of such analysis. The project will seek to identify the right modality for conducting a more formal and structured analysis, and for that to continue through the remainder of the project. The project will seek to establish a modality for PEA by March 2016.

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8. Recommendation: Recommendation 8: UNDP initiate and take the lead on a donor mapping exercise and on election coordination meetings that engage both other possible donors and broader electoral stakeholders.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/08]

UNDP concurs with this recommendation. The Country Office recognizes that donor mapping and coordination are key devices to support the IEC and other stakeholders in terms of effective electoral assistance ahead of the next elections. The project has already initiated donor coordination framework and has a target of February 2016 to establish an IEC initiative to support the mobilization of resources.

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9. Recommendation: Recommendation 9: With follow-up of the Capacity Development Plan not institutionalised, it is suggested that a mid term (or as the focus of an end of project evaluation) capacity assessment monitoring follow-up be conducted to assess progress and change across the facets of intervention using the capacity assessment study as the baseline and framework for the evaluation. A mid term lessons learned workshop with the IEC, the Project and IFES to revisit the Plan and assess progress would be a helpful end-of-year or start-of the ?new ?year exercise.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/12/08]

UNDP concurs with this recommendation. The project has already initiated steps to follow-up on the Capacity Development Plan for roll-out in January/February 2016.

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