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Independent Country Programme Evaluation: Timor Leste
Commissioning Unit: Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021
Evaluation Type: ICPE/ADR
Completion Date: 12/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Timor-Leste
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

The next UNDP country programme should have one outcome area, focused on contributing to sustainable development through support to decentralized and area-based local governance. This would concentrate limited resources around a programme with limited and attainable objectives that make a clear contribution to national development. The outcome should incorporate critical elements of existing projects to ensure long-term sustainability. In governance and institutional strengthening, these include improving access to justice at the local level, strengthening integrity and accountability of local public administration and strengthening the institutional capacity of Oecusse Special Administrative Region.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/12] [Last Updated: 2019/11/22]

UNDP is committed to reduce the dispersion in the programme; the MCT has already aligned the office resources around a portfolio approach already merging two areas (sustainable dev and resilience-building) in 2017. The office will start the new UNDAF and CPD formulation in 2019 using the new Strategic Plan and integrator role. The environment portfolio is expected to remain an important component of the programme with the potential approval of the GCF which goes beyond governance issues.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
SDG acceleration units
[Added: 2019/11/22] [Last Updated: 2020/02/13]
RR/DRR 2019/12 Completed New CPD has been drafted using the new Strategic Plan and integrator role, will be submitted in March History
Decentralization Project
[Added: 2020/02/13]
Governance/RR/DRR 2020/01 Completed The Decentralization project is start implementing in January 2018 and will be end by April 2020.
2. Recommendation:

The programme should align its objectives to resources which can be realized. The practice of inflating objectives and targets on the basis of “aspirational” funding from unknown sources and completely unrealistic GEF co-funding estimates should be halted. Future country programmes should be realistic, with clearly identified contributions to nationally-owned development policies and programmes.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/12] [Last Updated: 2019/11/22]

Agreed. Implemented since January 2016.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

Future country programmes should be built around a specific capacitybuilding strategy with clear objectives, realizable targets and concrete plans for increased national ownership and management. While government bodies recognize their capacity limitations, they also feel that these could be overcome more quickly through a more consistent and effective approach to capacity-building from UNDP. Enhanced technical and operational capacities of the Government and private sector are essential for the phased transfer from direct to national implementation. UNDP approaches to capacity-building need to become more targeted and results-oriented so that progress can be measured and the transition to national implementation can begin as soon as possible.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/12] [Last Updated: 2019/11/22]

Agreed and improvements already under implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
SDG delivery unit
[Added: 2019/11/22] [Last Updated: 2020/02/13]
RR/DRR 2019/12 Completed Monitoring and Evaluation and HACT training was provided to the counterpart (Government and Civil Society) as well as UN Staff. History
4. Recommendation:

In the context of the integrator role defined in the Strategic Plan, 2018- 2021 and of United Nations system reform, UNDP should systematically consider and map the best opportunities for enhanced results through improved UNCT collaboration and work with the Resident Coordinator to bring these to fruition. National stakeholders have observed a lack of complementarity and coordination among United Nations bodies. Given overlapping interests and expertise across United Nations agencies, joint programmes or other focused collaboration can strengthen the quality of technical support and maximize use of limited resources.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/12] [Last Updated: 2019/11/22]

UNDP is committed to United Nations reform and to its integrator role. Alignment and coordination depend not only from UNDP commitment but also from the Resident Coordinator and the United Nations agencies. UNDP is witness to constant forces driving United Nations agencies to compete for resources with little capacity and sometimes questionable commitment to joint initiatives. There are some promising leads such the work on youth (with UNFPA, UNICEF), Parliament (UN-Women) and also the Unique ID (UNICEF). In addition, we have submitted two proposals focusing on gender-based violence with UN-Women, UNFPA, the International Organization for Migration and UNICEF, and have jointly organized all international United Nations days.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
International United Nations days
[Added: 2019/11/22] [Last Updated: 2020/02/13]
RR/DRR 2019/12 Completed Joint Celebration of UN Day in October, lead by UNDP. History
GBV proposal
[Added: 2019/11/22] [Last Updated: 2020/02/13]
RR/DRR 2019/12 Completed - GBV proposal is submitted to KOICA, second verification mission will be held in March - May 2020. This proposal concerned with the UNDP, UNFPA, UN WOMEN and IOM. - Other Joint efforts with other UN Agency and RCO is spotlight Initiatives which the implementation is starting this year. History

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