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Mid-term Review of Multi-Media Initiative for Youth Project
Commissioning Unit: Cambodia
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2018
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 03/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Cambodia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1: Ensure participation of the key stakeholders that are involved in issues related to youth employment. It is recommended that the Project Board includes key national and international development partners involved in implementation of youth employment policy and measures and to re-enforce the role of UNDP as the chair of the PB, especially considering growing opportunities to link the Klahan9 project with larger initiatives in the area of employment/ youth employment.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
• Change the composition of the current board and to identify new board members whose works relate to youth and/or youth employment area. • UNDP will take the lead and chair Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of Klahan9. The Committee will widen its scope and focus on a broader strategic areas of youth employment, beyond access to employment information and behavioral changes. • Revise the ToR of TAC to expand the roles of its members.
[Added: 2017/07/12] [Last Updated: 2017/11/24]
UNDP 2017/10 Completed The new board composition is established and held its first meeting on 20th October, 2017 UNDP already started chairing the last TAC which was held on 30 Jun 2017 and will continue to the following TAC. TAC members being informed about the changes in term of strategic discussion within TAC and the revised TOR will be shared in next TAC meeting. History
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2: Develop sound monitoring system for the project. It is recommended that the project team (UNDP and BBC Media Action) start working on a results oriented monitoring system. The purpose will be to keep the track whether the project achieves the expected results and objectives.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Partially Agreed. The project results focus on the behavior change level of audiences where could not be measured on annual basis but will be done through an audience impact evaluation exercise in which already planned in the end of the project term.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
However, the project recognizes there is a need to keep track of change results at certain level on annual basis, hence, the monitoring indicator will be reviewed to track some level of results on annual basis.
[Added: 2017/07/12]
UNDP, BBC MA 2017/09 Completed The audience impact assessment is planned for 2018 to measure the behaviors of target audiences as resulted from project intervention. The monitoring indicators are reviewed and simplified and being incorporated in the progress report format.
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3: Strengthen strategic reporting for the Klahan9 project

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09] [Last Updated: 2017/07/09]

Partially Agreed. The current reporting already response to the United Nations Development Group’s Results-Based Management Handbook, however, we recognize the complexity of level of measurement of those indicators.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
We will review existing report template to simplify the format.
[Added: 2017/07/12]
UNDP, BBC MA 2017/07 Completed The progress report template was reviewed and simplified the tracking of changes level.
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4: UNDP should become more active in the area of youth employment.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Partially Agreed. UNDP has already been active in the area of youth employment, having worked with other UN agencies to develop UN joint intervention.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP is developing a new pipeline to enlarge its intervention on youth employment beyond the partnership with BBC. This includes but is not limited to the work with NEA and policy oriented researches on youth employment.
[Added: 2017/07/12] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]
UNDP 2018/09 Completed Prodoc for new youth employment project was developed. LPAC to review it will be conducted on 31 Oct. History
Resume the Project Manager Position (Youth Employment Specialist) to play active role in coordinating existing activities, formulating new interventions and in mobilizing partners/stakeholders’ supports.
[Added: 2017/07/12] [Last Updated: 2017/11/24]
UNDP 2017/12 Completed The Employment Specialist has been on board from September 2017. History
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5: It is needed to strengthen mechanisms to facilitate youth employment

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Agreed. (Same as Recommendation #1)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will take the lead and chair Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of Klahan9. The Committee will widen its scope and focus on a broader strategic areas of youth employment, beyond access to employment information and behavioral changes.
[Added: 2017/07/12]
UNDP 2017/07 Completed UNDP already started taking the lead of TAC.
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6: UNDP should be advisor to the Government:  it is highly recommended that UNDP takes the lead as the advisor to the Government (and the National Employment Agency) to set up functional mechanism and ensure effective cooperation of the key national and international development partners in the area of youth employment. In this context, the role of the Klahan9 could become even more apparent and relevant, as powerful tool to support implementation of other activities in the area of youth employment.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09] [Last Updated: 2017/07/12]

Partially Agreed – but will include in the new project.

There are other UN agencies that are working in the areas of youth employment. ILO has its core mandate on employment, though the scope of its current intervention is limited. There are other UN agencies that are working in the areas of youth employment. ILO has its core mandate on employment, though the scope of its current intervention is limited.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP is starting a design process of new initiative and is working to identify key trigger points of intervention. In addition, UNDP’s policy oriented researches on the impact of economy on youth employment will be used to feed into the Government policy, program, or strategy related to youth employments. Last but not least, through the anticipated works with NEA, UNDP will provide advisory support to the institution to strengthen its roles in providing youth employment related services.
[Added: 2017/07/12] [Last Updated: 2017/11/24]
UNDP 2017/10 Completed The UN Joint Programme on Youth Employment was signed off and launched on 1st September 2017. History
7. Recommendation:

Recommendation 7: Carry out (impact assessment of labour market measures):   UNDP could provide technical assistance for the establishment of the system for monitoring and evaluation of employment policies and programs. This will increase effectiveness of the implemented measures and to extract information about its relevance, results and objectives.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Partially Agreed. This recommendation couldn’t be address within the current scope of the project; however, UNDP will explore this intervention in the new project pipeline.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation couldn’t be address within the current scope of the project; however, UNDP will explore this intervention in the new project pipeline.
[Added: 2017/07/12] [Last Updated: 2018/11/11]
UNDP 2018/09 Completed Prodoc for new youth employment project was developed. LPAC to review it will be conducted on on 31 Oct. History
8. Recommendation:

Recommendation 8: UNDP should support development of the system of occupational safety: UNDP in Cambodia together with the national stakeholders could work on development and modernization of the system of occupational standards that will help to match education system with the labour market demands.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Disagreed – this intervention is not linked to the mandate of UNDP and it is actually being done by ILO

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation:

Recommendation 9: Youth employment programme should be comprehensive and address regional priorities: Successful programs for youth employment require to address different aspects that affect and impede active participation of youth in the labour market. In order to define sound and demand based approach, it is recommended to perform in-depth regional assessment in Cambodia to identify advantages and opportunities for regions throughout the country and identify opportunities for employment following competitive advantages.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Partially Agreed. This recommendation is not relevant to the current scope of the project; however, it will be addressed by UN joint programme on Youth Employment funded by Swiss Development Cooperation. The programme is expected to roll out in Q3 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The design of new interventions is taking the regional priorities into consideration, though the outcome of the design would depend on the ethnographic study of youth employment that UNDP is commissioning.
[Added: 2017/07/12] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]
UNDP 2018/09 Completed The UN Joint Programme on Youth Employment was signed off and launched on 1st September 2017. UNDP’s contributions to the Joint Program include an assessment of the economic and social impact of the investment in education and skills and an assessment of entrepreneurship investment for rural economy. These two in-depth studies would help decision makers to identify suitable youth employability interventions for both rural and urban areas. History
10. Recommendation:

Recommendation 10: Increase employability of the youth: Particularly important will be to work on increasing employability with focus on vulnerable youth at the labor market through different activities and approaches such as establishment of youth supporting framework, practical learning and professional training.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Agreed – but will include in the new project design.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP in consultation with concerned stakeholders, will explore the opportunity to address youth employability in a youth employment intervention being formulated (refer to key action in recommendation No. 7)
[Added: 2017/07/12] [Last Updated: 2018/11/11]
UNDP 2018/09 Completed Prodoc for new youth employment project was developed. LPAC to review it will be conducted on on 31 Oct. History
11. Recommendation:

Recommendation 11: There is a need to work to improve access to business advisory and job/ career-guidance services.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Agreed & on-going

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Steps are taken by NEA and Microsoft to create a new platform where information on business advisory and job/career-guidance services are the main focus while Klahan9 contents on soft-skill building will also be included.
[Added: 2017/07/12] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]
UNDP, BBC 2018/09 Completed UNDP built a partnership with private sector, particularly with Young Entrepreneurship Association in Cambodia (YEAC) to create guidance tools and provide platforms for youth to access to entrepreneurship and employment opportunities and advise in their residential provinces . While with NEA UNDP assists NEA to be able to provide career guidance to youth through multimedia, forums, and increased engagement of private sector and youth in their activities History
12. Recommendation:

Recommendation 12: UNDP should explore how to support development of youth entrepreneurs.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Agreed – but will include in the new project design

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP, in consultation with concerned stakeholders, will explore the opportunity to support youth entrepreneurs in a youth employment intervention being formulated (refer to key action in recommendation No. 7)
[Added: 2017/07/12] [Last Updated: 2019/03/14]
UNDP 2020/02 Initiated Due date moved to February 2020 as recommended by Regional Bx due to pressure of ROAR preparation in December 2019. History
13. Recommendation:

Recommendation 13: Policy planning in the area of youth employment should continue: Technical assistance for planning and policy development in the areas of that are promoting youth entrepreneurs must be done in coordination with the budgeting process and it should include sound monitoring system to measure progress and results.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Agreed – but will include in the new project design

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP, in consultation with concerned stakeholders, will explore the opportunity to support policy planning in the area of youth employment in a youth employment intervention being formulated (refer to key action in recommendation No. 7)
[Added: 2017/07/12] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]
UNDP 2018/09 Completed The Youth Employment project pipeline is under development. The project is expected to begin January 2019, following the end of the MIY in December 2018. Under the Joint Program, studies are being conducted on the impact of education and skill training (including entrepreneurship skill) on economy. Based on these studies, policy paper would be developed for policy advocacy purpose. History
14. Recommendation:

Recommendation 14: UNDP should explore opportunities to support youth led businesses

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Partially Agreed – but will be explored in the design of new project

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP, in consultation with concerned stakeholders, will explore the opportunity to support youth led businesses in a youth employment intervention being formulated (refer to key action in recommendation No. 7)
[Added: 2017/07/12] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]
UNDP 2018/09 Completed New Prodoc of youth employment will be consulted with LPAC on 31st Oct, designed to support youth-led business through coaching/mentoring programme to youth entrepreneurs. History
15. Recommendation:

Recommendation 15: Migrations are one of the challenges to be addressed: Measures for youth employment should include analysis of the root causes of migrations; build up on the potentials and advantages of migrants and migrations, while developing measures to counterbalance impacts and risks of migrations. UNDP could support development of capacities of the public institutions to better understand links between migration and development, and to mainstream migrations in the development planning (e.g. analysis of data on migrants and migrations for evidence based policy.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Partially agreed. Migration is not UNDP mandate but by addressing youth employment issue the outcomes will have direct impact on migration.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Migration is not UNDP mandate but by addressing youth employment issue the outcomes will have direct impact on migration, UNDP will further analyze this aspect as part its new project design.
[Added: 2017/07/12] [Last Updated: 2018/11/08]
UNDP 2018/09 Completed The new prodoc of youth employment project that is to be consulted with LPAC on 31st Oct, designed by taking into account the migration issue through skills upgrading and expand formal employment opportunity in the country. The economic research on education and training of youth in Cambodia under UNJP will provide policy recommendations to address the issues. History
16. Recommendation:

Recommendation 16: Development of rural areas and involvement of youth from rural regions in economic activities remain priority. it is recommended that UNDP explore opportunities to support rural youth, with particular focus on young female, through diversifying opportunities for their employment, especially in rural areas that are closer to economic centers/towns.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/07/09]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To be addressed under UN Joint Programme on Youth Employment – UNDP is planning two researches under this joint programme in which will touch on those aspects: - Research on the macroeconomic effect of investments in integrated packages for formal jobs, targeting the poor and vulnerable including investments in education and skills development and enabling environment to attract identified economic sectors. -Research on the macroeconomic effect of investments in holistic packages for rural entrepreneurship
[Added: 2017/11/24] [Last Updated: 2019/03/14]
UNDP 2020/02 Initiated Due date moved to February 2020 as recommended by Regional Bx due to pressure of ROAR preparation in December 2019. History

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