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External Evaluation of the 'Technical Support to the Lebanese Parliament" Project
Commissioning Unit: Lebanon
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Lebanon
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Political Buy-In: The UNDP country office has a vital role to play in ensuring that the project stays on track and secures the buy-in of the national political leadership. Any renewal and revision of the project design requires a priori the involvement and endorsement of the speaker’s office and the parliament administration. In addition, there should be a buy-in from all different political parliamentary blocs that represent the Lebanese political landscape.  This is the key to the success of the project from the outset

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/31]

The CO and project will ensure the political buy in of all stakeholders through adopting an inclusive approach in the new project design and expanding the project board

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Drafting a new Memorundum of Understanding(MOU) between UNDP and Parliament 1.2 Officially requesting the expansion of the project board to include members of the parliamentary bureau board or representative of different political blocs.
[Added: 2019/05/21] [Last Updated: 2019/11/28]
DG programme TSLP Project 2020/01 Overdue-Not Initiated Delayed due to the political instability in the country History
2. Recommendation:

Ownership by the MPs: The project document is a living document, and as such, requires the input of its primary stakeholders. The UNDP can facilitate an inclusive process that draws in the MPs and highlights their needs and priorities, which can be accurately reflected and integrated into the project document. The ownership of the project by the MPs revives the importance of the project and ensures its effectiveness and the sustainability of its outcome

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/31]

The CO and project is currently drafting a new strategy and will draft a new Project Document in consultation with the project board highlighting their needs and priorities

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Draft a new strategy for the next phase with the assistance of the UNDP Regional Hub 2.2 Share with the project board a draft strategy on the next phase of the project to receive feedback prior to the finalization of the project document 2.3 Develop a new ProDoc (with a revised operational framework, including structure) based on the strategy and ensure that it is approved by the project board
[Added: 2019/05/21] [Last Updated: 2019/11/28]
DG programme TSLP Project Project Board 2020/01 Overdue-Initiated Delayed due to the political instability in the country History
3. Recommendation:

Terms of engagement: The project can be more creative and daring in order to free itself from the cautious and reluctant approach in dealing with the parliament administration.  This could be possible only when the project is sufficiently backed up by UNDP country office

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/31]

The CO will ensure there is enough support to the project on all levels and will work with in house experts to explore fundraising modalities and develop a strategic communication plan

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Drafing a fundraising strategy for the project 3.2 Drafting a communication strategy for the project 3.3 Implement the project’s new structure based on needs assessment
[Added: 2019/05/21] [Last Updated: 2019/11/28]
DG Programme 2020/01 Overdue-Initiated Delayed due to the political instability in the country History
4. Recommendation:

Champions of the project: The project can benefit from the presence of highly motivated MPs who might champion the project among their colleagues. These MPs should be the main partners of the project and should be regularly incentivized.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/31]

The project  will work on drafting a communication strategy and identify champions among the new Members of Parliament and will ensure  coordination and networking with all stakeholders

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

Active role for the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP: The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP senior management can play an essential role in supporting the project by working to secure the endorsement of different political parties or the one of the UN agencies working in Lebanon. This can be achieved by highlighting the role of the Lebanese parliament as central to resolving the most pressing issues that Lebanon is currently facing such as the Environment and Economic challenges (CEDRE). This positioning of the project as a “key access point to endorse the parliament and support it will eventually not only attract the interest of the UN agencies but most importantly the one of donor community too

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/31]

The DG Programme will work in close coordination with UNRC team to put in place a stronger inter-agency coordination mechanism with regards to Parliament

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.2 Identify champions among the new MPs / establish a follow up committee of champion MPs to follow up closely on the project acitivities 5.3 Organize a parliament forum once a year to enourage coordination and networking between all project’s stakeholders
[Added: 2019/05/21]
TSLP Project 2020/01 Overdue-Initiated

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