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Final project evaluation: Iraqi Public Sector modernization phase II
Commissioning Unit: Iraq
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 10/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Iraq
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 1:  Continuation of Donor Support

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/27]

UNDP acknowledges there is a need for continued investments to be made to support systematic and quality changes which enhance public sector performance in Iraq. However, it also recognizes that donor support alone cannot meet the investment requirements, but will require a more diverse partnership base, including increased investments/funding from the Government of Iraq (Federal, Regional and/or Local levels); and also leverage non-financial partnerships.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.2 Government and development partner consultation to be conducted on the topic of public sector modernization in Iraq, in order to facilitate the mobilization of resources
[Added: 2020/01/27] [Last Updated: 2020/10/26]
Governance Pillar 2020/12 Initiated Package on e-governance solution (e-governance assessment and developing roadmap for the e-governance solutions) were included in the proposal submitted under RRF0.2 and waiting the HQ feedback. Furthermore, a meeting has been scheduled with the DG of the monitoring department of the COMSEC next Sunday 1 Nov, to go through some priorities in the Public sector Modernization. History
1.1 Initiate the development of project documents on priority sub-topics that relate to “ Public Sector Modernization in Iraq (for example the Excellence center, Smart Kerbala)
[Added: 2020/01/27]
Governance Pillar 2019/02 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation recommendation 2. Retention of the Existing Cooperation Mechanisms with the Programme Beneficiaries and Stakeholders

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/27]

UNDP acknowledges there is a need for continued investments to be made to support systematic and quality changes which enhance public sector performance in specific areas in Iraq. UNDP recognizes that this needs to maintain the same approach and to retain the existing well-developed cooperation framework with GOI, ministries, governorates, and other stakeholders, as this enabled appropriate buy-in and increased overall programme impact.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Roundtable Discussions with the Prime Minister’s Office, relevant ministries and governorates on potential cooperation.
[Added: 2020/01/27] [Last Updated: 2020/10/26]
Governance Pillar 2020/12 Initiated - This is still ongoing to find a suitable candidate, we should also have a meeting in the first week of November with the Prime Minister Office to identify the priorities and the needs based on the requirements. - Public Policy Advisor - Governance and institutional reforms: Already hired since mid of August. History
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3:  Increased Support in Fight and Suppression of Corruption in the Public Sector

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/27]

UNDP Iraq agrees with the recommendation. Having recognized the need to scale up support to fight corruption in Iraq, this area of work is identified as a priority in the new Country Programme, which comes into effect in January 2020. Accordingly, UNDP Iraq aims to develop a comprehensive project framework that will focus on supporting Iraq to fight corruption.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Develop a dedicated Project framework/ document which focuses on supporting Anti-corruption in Iraq, including defining strategic partnerships with UN agencies such as UNODC.
[Added: 2020/01/27] [Last Updated: 2020/09/02]
Governance Pillar 2020/07 Completed We have already Project Initiation Plan (PIP) on Anti-corruption (jointly with the Regional Hub) for 1 year, signed by the RR of UNDP Iraq – Started date is 15 April 2020 History
4. Recommendation:

 

Recommendation 4: Continued Cooperation with GIS and county-wide implementation of the Geographical Information System

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/27]

UNDP Iraq agrees there is a need for continuing to support the use of GIS systems in Iraq. However UNDP is cognizant of the need for technical and financial capacities to be available to do country-wide implementation, and therefore proposes to first pilot an approach/project and based on results look to scale up support, subject to also securing funding for scale up from the Government of Iraq.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Installation and configuration of the data center in Kerbala Governorate.
[Added: 2020/01/27] [Last Updated: 2020/10/25]
Governance Pillar 2020/10 Completed All pending issues have been addressed and key action has completed History
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5: Continued Cooperation with National Center for Management Development and Information Technology

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/27]

UNDP Iraq acknowledges the importance of the mandate, role and function of the National Center for Management Development and Information Technology in furthering the modernization of the public sector in Iraq and thereby the need for continuing the cooperation already established. Regular dialogue and consultation will be continued under the new Country Programme which comes into effect in January 2020

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6: Improvement of Programme Monitoring and Reporting

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/27]

UNDP Iraq acknowledges this recommendation and the need to improve programme monitoring and reporting from 2020 onwards.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Dedicated Monitoring and Evaluation expertise to be recruited for the Governance Pillar and/or Project to develop quality M&E frameworks, data collection systems and undertake data analysis
[Added: 2020/01/27] [Last Updated: 2020/09/15]
Governance Pillar 2020/07 Completed A programme management specialist (P3) has joined the SSR programme under governance pillar; he will be providing support to all tasks related to routine programme aspects and scheduling for sharing/ submission of routine RBM data/ information. History

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