Management Response

: Kenya
: 2014 - 2018 , Kenya (CO)
: Kenya Country Strategy Mid-Term Evaluation
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: Kenya
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On the overall, the Recommendations from the evaluation was not surprising, as most of the findings were earlier identified and discussed during Staff Mid Year and End Review meetings. The office was putting measures in place to address the key recommendations. However, the evaluation had other recommendations that have been categorized as as activity based and this will be considered during the drafting of the new SN 2019-2022 in 2018.

: Approved
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 1: KCO management, planning and M&E experts and programme officers to revise KRA structure and subsequently revise KRA objective and outcome levels. Reduce number of KRAs and 20+ outcomes, by consolidating or merging elements scattered under inter-connected, yet currently separately structured KRAs.
Management Response: MANAGEMENT RESPONSE This is one the observations made by the KCO during quarterly and annual reviews of the SN/AWP, but the efforts to revise the results frameworks including the outcomes, outputs and indicators were not forthcoming due to challenges with commitments in donor agreements. This recommendation will be fully implemented, now that the strategic note is coming to an end and new one will be formulated in 2018.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Leadership and political participation (SPs before 2018), Peace and security (SPs before 2018), Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018), Governance and planning (SPs before 2018), Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Evidence, Data and statistics
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
1. Convene AWP 2019 Planning meeting to review TOC and discuss the revision of the Results Framework UN Women KCO (DCD and M&E Officer) 2018/04 Completed First two meetings of SN/AWP 2019 meeting were held and discussions to review the Results Frameworks has been implemented. This is will be finalized when the new SN is approved by October 2018.
2. Consultative meetings and engagements with UN Agencies, relevant government partners, CSOs partners and the private sector for inputs into the revision of the RF KCO Team Leaders 2018/03 Completed The consultative meetings with stakeholders on the revision of the RF and the development of new SN were held in June 2018. This is now completed.
3. Finalisaton of the Review of the Theory of Change and the Results Framework UN Women KCO (CD, DCD and M&E Officer) 2018/10 Ongoing The discussions have been initiated with 2 staff retreats and one consultative meeting with stakeholders held in May and June 2018. The process will be finalized in October when the new SN is approved.
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 3: Enhance internal and external RBM capacity for delivering, tracking and reporting on results. While consolidating the KRAs and result chain will reduce demands on reporting, SMART indicators (with actual MoVs in decent frequency of data availability) with related milestones need to be defined/identified). Staffing needs could be addressed by hiring JPOs or UNVs.
Management Response: MANAGEMENT RESPONSE Considering the growing scope of the KCO and the demands from stakeholders for more data and results on GEWE, the management feels that enhancing RBM capacity in the office will not only improve delivering, tracking and reporting on results, but also improve donor relations and increase resource mobilization for the CO. Funding limitations notwithstanding the KCO will ensure enhanced RBM skills and capacity within the Office and extended to Implementing Partners too.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Not applicable
Operating Principles: Capacity development, Knowledge management, Evidence, Data and statistics
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Relevance
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
1. Provide technical support to the JP on SGBV task team - Recruitment of Project Manager KCO DCD, and Coordination Specialist 2018/07 Completed KCO negotiated with SIDA to fund a JP Project Manager to roll out implementation and resource mobilization. UN Women is availing a project manager for the JP.
2. Convene inter-agency meeting to discuss possibilities of JP on Elections Team Leader – Democratic Governance 2018/02 Completed The first meeting was held in September 2017 and subsequent meetings were held on December 2017 and January 2018. The discussions was not conclusive and further discussions will be held until the JP is approved. UN Women is committed to implementing the recommendation on seeking out JPs.
3. Convene inter-agency meeting to discuss possibilities of JP on Devolution Team Leader – Democratic Governance 2018/02 Completed The ineter-agency meeting was convened with UNDP and UNICEF on developing a new JP on devolution. Discussions are at an advanced stage with the donors.
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 5-12: Other Recommendations
Management Response: MANAGEMENT RESPONSE These recommendations have been as activity based and will be considered during the drafting of the new SN 2019-2022
Description: RECOMMENDATIONS 5-12: 5. The blind spot in the current SN is the issue of ensuring women‘s access to land ownership or tenure rights, deeds and titles. This could be linked to lobbying for also adopting or customizing related SDG indicators, this being the only global indicator that was not selected and thus skipped, by national stakeholders (including the national statistics agency, CoG and NGEC) responsible for setting the standards for, and managing, national level data collection and general measuring and monitoring of development trends including the promotion of gender principles. 6. Coordinate the development of common GRB standards. As good practice, CoG had supported the standardization of a performance management model for the county level and might therefore be considered as candidate to take the technical lead. The need for UN Women to assume the facilitation of stakeholders (LVCT, NGEC, KEWOPA, CoG) would still be anticipated. UN Women to convene stakeholders to kick off process. 7. Advocate for political parties to nominate female MCAs for upcoming open slots, and to select them from among the pool of members having received training on leadership skills through partner efforts (YIKE, IPSTC etc.). 8. Implement a gender scorecard process via KEWOPA in the national assembly and its related secretariat’s apparatus. KEWOPA staff feel they can do much more than only governance-related work. UN Women to consider backing them to provide subject matter training in all areas of gender work. A related needs assessment in terms of staff capacity and end beneficiary knowledge gaps would need to be carried out during the initial planning stage. This would allow to gauge structural and procedural flaws that need to be addressed, as well as to identify staff training needs. Accordingly, related needs- and evidence-based training programs could be designed. 9. Convene stakeholders in order to bring together CoG, county Governors/gubernatorial machinery staff, MinGender etc. in order to revisit the status, mandate and (potential) function of national government gender staff at county level, to decide whether to use them in an integrated fashion (e.g., to serve as conduits for, and resource persons on, national level laws and policies at county level?) or abolish their posts. 10. Support to the devolution agenda requires immediate coordination of scattered, isolated stakeholder initiatives to develop a). Country level GRB guidelines and databases; and b). systems and processes as well as indicators to register and measure incidences of SGBV. 11. Facilitate and coordinate the development of a database system that allows to collate and share existing information on GBV, and the related standardization of indicators, data sources, data cleaning and quality control procedures across data providers (private and public health centres and clinics, hospitals etc.) . In terms of ad hoc requests of a specific technical nature (legal issues-KEWOPA etc.), generic information, reference materials, FAQ data etc. are to be posted on a shared online platform. 12. The scope of UN Women support to IPSTC is not covering the range of beneficiaries of the capacity for peace and security efforts. Currently, the Institution is addressing needs in war torn areas, especially in Somalia; giving no attention to the needs in streets of Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. IPSTC curricula should include building the capacity for handling violence against women in volatile urban centres (SGBV/”urban war & conflict zones”).
Management Response Category: Partially Accepted
Thematic Area: Not applicable
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Not applicable
UNEG Criteria: Not applicable
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
1. Recruit a surge capacity to provide RBM support to KCO and Partners DCD, M&E and Operations 2018/06 Completed The KCO discussed with the Government of Finland and the donor agreed to fund the RBM consultancy for 6 months. The TA from Finland is supporting RBM functions.
2. Conduct RBM training for staff and partners M&E and Operations Manager 2018/06 Completed The RBM training for staff was completed and the ones for partners is planned for November 2018