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Generate Global Environmental Benefits through Environmental Education and Raising Awareness of Stakeholders Mid Term Evaluation
Commissioning Unit: Armenia
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Armenia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

The chronology in the listing of the outcomes, outputs and activities in the logical framework should be respected as much as possible; for that reason the Mission feels that the delivery of training prior to the accomplishment of the institutional fundaments (policies, legal frameworks, institutional adjustments) should be avoided as much as possible.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]

The recommendation is relevant and acceptable.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Keep the chronology of listing project outcomes, outputs and activities in the logical framework.
[Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2018/11/12]
Project team implementing partners 2019/12 Initiated The project closely follows the outcomes, outputs and activities in the logical framework, which have been revised and "smartened" during the inception phase in collaboration with the recruited international expert. The planned activities related to enhancing legal, policy, institutional and strategic frameworks are conducted in parallel with capacity building of educational institutions, specifically with the development of training modules to strengthen environmental education and raising awareness of stakeholders as natural resource management tools. Institutional and legal changes are continuous and time-consuming in nature; therefore, the delivery of training modules will be incorporated into already existing training programmes of decision makers. Further planned activities on legal and institutional enhancement will be ongoing. History
2. Recommendation:

A number of externally funded related projects appear to be in the pipeline (World Bank, EC)  or are ongoing (GIZ). These entities should be included in the PAC in order to generate synergy, cooperation and coordination.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2018/10/09]

The recommendation is relevant and acceptable

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Project has already ongoing cooperation with externally funded projects in the same field. Particularly, during the meeting with representatives of GIZ in Armenia the possibility of cooperation and better exchange of information flow was discussed, in order to avoid the duplications and increase the impact of the Project and the Interfrated Biodiversity Management, South Caucasus (IBIS) project implemented by GIZ. For 2018-2019 the Project will establish/strengthen cooperation with UNICEF, particularly in activities related to training of teachers and development of educational materials for the youth. In May UNICEF and GIZ will be invited for a membership in Advisory Committee of the Project. For the remaining period of implementation, the Project will deepen the existing collaborations with externally funded projects, as well as will seek to establish new ones.
[Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]
Project team 2019/12 Initiated This action is ongoing and has continuous nature History
3. Recommendation:

A clear and well-defined list of all training packages that are planned under education, training and awareness raising activities under outcomes #2 and #3 should be prepared. Training packages should be clearly specified ( provider, target group, curriculum etc...)

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]

The recommendation is relevant and acceptable.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The development of training modules is conducted based on the results of comprehensive Training Need Assessment, including identified needs and gaps among governmental and self-governing bodies. The materials were also utilizing cutting-edge research in Behavioral Science to foster environmentally friendly. To ensure proper quality control mechanisms for developed training modules/materials, the draft package was duly presented to the Project Advisor Committee for discussion and feedback. The training modules will be accompanied by methodological manual with guidelines for adapting and adjustments of modules and teaching approaches for different target groups. Training materials for mass media and Community-based organizations will be developed by Project grantees and the vendors aimed at raising public awareness on environmental issues. All the finalized training packages and materials will be presented by and discussed with project stakeholders and Advisory Committee for final validation/endorsement.
[Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2019/01/03]
Project team 2016/12 Completed History
4. Recommendation:

The Project should prepare, soonest, a precise, detailed and prioritized list of all issues and tasks ( analytical, strategic, legal, institutional, etc.) that remain on the table for each of the three components of the Project.

A clear, precise and well defined practical roadmap should be prepared in order to use the remaining time of the Project in the most effective and efficient way. Such roadmap should be derrived at (preferably) in a participative manner by organizing e.g. a workshop involving all stakeholders in this crucial planning process. The workshop should be guided and moderated by an institutionally neutral facilitator. Alternatively, a roadmap proposal could be prepared, submitted to the participants and endorsed at the meeting. The Mission favours the first proposal which has the benefit of better participation, synergy and institutions' ownership. The above ( endorsed) roadmap should crearly define "who does what?" during the remaining time of the Project.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]

The recommendation is partially relevant and partially acceptable.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare detailed and prioritized list of all issues and tasks
[Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2019/01/03]
Project team 2018/06 Completed The Project roadmap was developed during the inception phase considering feedback and recommendations multi-stakeholder kick-off workshop attended by more than 50 stakeholders representing key ministries, governmental and educational institutions, international and non-governmental organizations. The roles and responsibilities of stakeholders reflected in inception Report are under the constant attention of the Project team and are adjusted to ongoing institutional changes in relative governmental and educational entities. The latest updated roadmap, also reflecting the project extension period, will be presented for the Project Board's approval in July 2018. History
5. Recommendation:

If the implementation or coordination of the training programs are to be handled by a single (main) government agency, it may be advisable to move the PMU to that agency. It will enhance ownership, effectiveness, efficiency and not the least: sustainablility. In doing so, UNDP could gradually phase out its role while the GoA increases its stake and responsibility in the operation.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]

The recommendation is partially relevant and not acceptable.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Following donor requirement, prior to project launch the implementing partner had been officially requested to allocate office space for hosting the project team. However, the latter had communicated the unavailability of resources to host the Project. Thus, the Project was located within the UN House premises. However, the project activities are closely coordinated with the Ministry of Nature Protection and Ministry of Education to ensure national ownership, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability through that well-established partnership. Also the Project Management is executed though Project Management Board comprised of key governmental partners (RoA Ministry of Nature Protection, RoA Ministry of Science and Education), ensuring proper coordination and decentralized project management.
[Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]
UNDP CO Project Team 2016/12 Completed History
6. Recommendation:

Under the current situation it is not likely that the Project will achieve its objectives. A no cost 6 to 12 months' project extension appears unavoidable, while attempting to increase effectiveness and efficiency.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]

The recommendation is relevant and acceptable.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Following the recommendation of MTR, as well as Project Board (December 2017) recommendation, the Project requested for no-cost extension for the duration of 12 months ( till 03.11.2019). The request was approved by UNDP-GEF Executive Coordinator; and the Project has updated work-plan and budget, respectively.
[Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2018/11/06]
Project team 2018/04 Completed 12 months no-cost extension of the Cross-cutting Capacity Development project was approved by UNDP-GEF Executive Coordinator History

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