Management Response

: Zimbabwe
: 2014 - 2015 , Zimbabwe (CO)
: Mid-Term Evaluation of Joint Programme on Prevention of Gender-Based Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Young Women
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: Zimbabwe
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Planned Use of Evaluation: The recommendations where applicable will be used by UNICEF and UN Women in the last leg of the joint program’s implementation. The findings will also advice UNICEF and UN Women when planning for another joint program (when applicable) in the future. Also the findings will be disseminated to the reference and management group of the joint program to ensure all involved parties are advised and can use the findings in their future implementation of related programs.

: Approved
Recommendation: Considering that GBV is mainly in the “home”, that is, perpetrated by close relations, fear of the loss of livelihood which is mainly provided by the perpetrators and extended family is a real concern among survivors which poses the risk of undermining efforts to reduce GBV occurrence. It is therefore recommended that UN agencies should consider incorporating livelihood support in a GBV programme. It is not envisaged that the contracted CSOs or the UN agencies should deliver this support – as it requires specialised knowledge, but rather stronger linkages between the GBV action and other programmes delivering livelihoods support to specifically target survivors of GBV as part of efforts to mainstream gender. (Responsibility: UNICEF and UN Women)
Management Response: Agree
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
1. UNICEF and UN Women share the findings of the evaluation to initiate discussions with UNDP, ILO, FAO, and other partners who are currently involved in livelihood support through the Gender Theme Group and advocate for their consideration for linking GBV and livelihood in future programs. UNICEF and UNWOMEN 2016/12 Ongoing
Advocate for convergence of GBV with livelihood programs in the proposed UN Joint GBV program led by UNFPA. UNICEF and UNWOMEN 2016/12 Overdue-Initiated UN Women advocated for the convergence of GBV with livelihood program on Zero tolerance
In future UN Women GBV programming, close linkages will be made with the Women Economic Empowerment Programme incorporating women survivors of GBV. Furthermore, linkages will be made with organisation working on women’s livelihoods and economic empowerment such as Kunzwana Women’s Association, SNV and linking survivors to sources of finance such as Virl Micro Finance Institution. UNWOMEN 2017/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: Challenge of overlapping responsibilities of MWAGCD and MoPSLSW vis a vis the role they play for provision of services for the girl child and young women (interpretation of the law and policy). Given that reporting was being undermined by the availability of safe homes for overnight stay and reprieve in the period of abuse, it is recommended that future GBV programmes by UN agencies and government considers supporting places of safety for adolescent girls with children and adult women and their children. However, this has to be underpinned by harmonisation of the SOPs for Shelters and the Children Act’s Safe Placement Procedures for Children. MWAGCD and MoPSLSW need to agree on their respective roles and responsibilities and if needed work towards amendment of legislation for further clarification of these. (Responsibility: UNICEF and UN Women)
Management Response: Partially agree. We agree that MWAGCD and MoPSLSW need to agree on their respective roles and responsibilities and if needed work towards amendment of legislation for further clarification of these. However these are beyond UNICEF and UNWomen’s area of influence.
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Provide technical support to the MWAGCD and MoSCW on the harmonisation of the SOPs so that adolescent survivors of GBV with children have overnight stay and reprieve in the period of abuse and during the process of obtaining recourse and justice. UN WOMEN and UNICEF 2017/12 Ongoing Tabled the issue during the annual review meeting for Child Protection in November 2016 to initiate discussion.
5. Bring together members of the District CPCs and the anti-GBV committees in the 8 pilot districts to address the issues related to duplications and identify way forward. UNICEF and UNWOMEN 2016/10 Completed Meetings were held at every district to discuss the way forward regarding the work of the CPC s and the Anti GBV committees.
Recommendation: Considering a large number of adolescents are found in school system, the GBV programme should address lack of systematic engagement with engaging with the Ministry of Education and create linkages with the existing Education sector work (such as EDF). There are also possibilities of linking with other UNICEF interventions in schools such as the safe schools initiative. Lack of doing the above will be a missed opportunity. (Responsibility: UNICEF)
Management Response: Agree
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Knowledge management
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
UNICEF CP will share the findings of the report with UNICEF Education program to initiate discussion on how gender based violence, and violence against children (including girls’ empowerment and sexual reproductive health related topics) can be included in the education sector. UNICEF 2016/11 Completed Report shared
Education and CP to jointly participate in the Global Guidance on Prevention of School-Related Gender-Based Violence webinar on 8 December 2016 to develop a common understanding and approach for further discussion with the Government. UNICEF 2016/12 Completed the meeting was attended
UNICEF Education programme and CP program to set up a task force to work on addressing GBV issues in schools. UNICEF 2017/01 Ongoing
UNICEF Child Protection and Education task force will develop a road map to explore how issues related to prevention of gender based violence, and violence against children (including girls’ empowerment and sexual reproductive health related topics) can be incorporated in school programmes and will develop a ToC to prevent violence (GBV in particular) in schools as part of the new CPF II and look how actions can be featured in the Education RWP. UNICEF 2017/01 Ongoing
Recommendation: There should be a continued investment in strengthening of government capacity to address GBV using existing systems strengthening initiatives.
Management Response: Agree
Description: An existing opportunity includes the Health Development Fund which can take up roll out of the Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Sexual Abuse. UN Women working with the MWAGCD needs to continue strengthening the three pilot anti-GBV committees. To do this, UN Women needs to support financing of activities and reviews of progress on GBV. A study that provides an in-depth analysis of the effectiveness and lessons learned from the Anti-GBV Committees needs to be conducted. The results would showcase the usefulness of the structures to leverage support from other stakeholders involved in gender programming at the district level. (Responsibility: UNICEF and UN Women)
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Not applicable
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Efficiency
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
In future programmes on GBV at a local level, UN Women will continue to invest in strengthening government capacity including anti-GBV structures UNWOMEN 2016/12 Ongoing Capacity strengthening of Government on GBV was included in 2018 Annual work plan by UN Women
UNICEF Child Protection Section to work with the MoHCC for adoption of the Clinical Guidelines UNICEF 2016/09 Completed MoHCC adopted the Guidelines. Both the gudielines and the training guidelines are printed
UNICEF Child Protection Programme in collaboration with the HIV team to be involved in the ongoing Adolescent SRH strategy development to provide inputs towards ensuring adolescent GVB/IPV is incorporated into the ASRH strategy. UNICEF 2016/12 Completed Inputs provided into the ASRH strategy
Develop coordinated interventions between UNICEF Health and Child Protection Programmes in the implementation of the HDF and CPF towards addressing adolescent GVB and SRH UNICEF 2017/01 Completed
Advocate for inclusion of clinical management of sexual violence issues in the HDF UNICEF 2016/11 Completed Inputs provided to HDF
Advocate with UNFPA for joint launching of the guidelines on clinical management and its training guidelines and its future follow up by UNFPA. UNICEF 2016/11 Completed The guidelines were launched
Recommendation: The lack of an inception phase undermined planning and verification of the programme design. An inception phase, ideally six months, would have enabled the programme implementers to validate the design, development of a harmonised monitoring framework, established of programme coordination structures and revise certain features of the programme early on in its implementation. In the future, it is recommended that the DANIDA considers an inception phase in programmes of this nature. (Responsibility: DANIDA, UNICEF and UN Women (in designing future joint programmes).
Management Response: Agree
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development, Advocacy
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM, Not applicable
UNEG Criteria: Efficiency, Effectiveness, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
An inception Phase will be negotiated to be included in the new Joint GBV Programme for UN with relevant donors. UNICEF and UNWOMEN 2017/12 Overdue-Initiated UN Women and UNICEF will bring the the issue of an inception phase to be undertaken on the spotlight initiative on SGBV and HP
Recommendation: The programme had no baseline for indicators related to knowledge, attitudes and behaviour change. Because of this measurement of results achieved by the programme at this level is difficult. There is need for a future programme to conduct a baseline survey at the onset in order to measure its achievements. This should be supported by an inception phase. (Responsibility: UNICEF and UN Women).
Management Response: Agree
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability, Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
A baseline will be negotiated to be included in the new Joint GBV Programme for UN with relevant donors. UNICEF 2017/12 Overdue-Initiated UN Women and UNICEF will advocate for the baseline to be undertaken on the spotlight initiative on SGBV and HP
In future programmes, UN women will conduct baseline Surveys at the onset of programmes to enable the measurement of knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. This will be linked to an inception phase. UNWOMEN 2017/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: Consider having a full time joint programme coordinator from the inception to enhance coordination of the programme. The coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the agencies in the joint programme but housed in the nominated coordinating agency. This has to be incorporated in the design of joint programmes and its financing. The coordinator would help to identify opportunities for joint implementation of activities thus enhancing efficiencies expected from a joint programme. (Responsibility: UNICEF and UN Women
Management Response: Agree
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Knowledge management
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM, UN Coordination
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Having a full time coordinator will be negotiated to be included in the new Joint GBV Programme for UN with relevant donors.. UNICEF and UNWOMEN 2017/12 Overdue-Initiated A full time coordinator will be engaged for the spotlight initiative on SGBV and HP that is coming up
Recommendation: While each individual UN agency monitored its components, this is insufficient in the context of joint programming. It is undermining programme wide monitoring. The programme has to: a. have one M&E system – tools, guidelines and results framework; and b. incorporate systematic joint monitoring visits. (Responsibility: UNICEF and UN Women)
Management Response: Agree
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Knowledge management
Organizational Priorities: UN Coordination, Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability, Impact, Efficiency
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
In the last phase of implementation UN Women and UNICEF will have hold joint visits to districts related to sustainability and exit and end of term monitoring visits UNICEF and UNWOMEN 2016/11 Completed The action undertaken
Recommendation: The strong fiduciary risk management of the UN Women systems obligates UN Women to disburse funds on a quarterly basis and for 80% of all disbursement to be utilised and verified before the next disbursement is made. In some instances, the exercise of this fiduciary risk management was not timely thereby affecting time period for implementation. Considerations for time needed in the exercise of these fiduciary risk management processes need to be factored in future programme implementation. (Responsibility: UN Women)
Management Response: Agree
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Not applicable
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
For future programmes UN Women will strengthen partner capacities to expedite liquidation of advances thereby facilitating timely disbursements of funds. UNWOMEN 2017/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: The programme has not had strong documentation of results. The evaluation observed significant results and lessons that could benefit from in-depth profiling. It is recommended that in the remaining period of the programme, the participating UN agencies priorities documentation of results, lessons and best practices from the programme. (Responsibility: UNICEF and UN Women).
Management Response: Agree
Description:
Management Response Category:
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Knowledge management
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Impact, Sustainability, Efficiency, Relevance, Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
The last phase of implementation will have proper documentation of results, lessons and best practices from to demonstrate results UNWOMEN and UNICEF 2016/11 Completed CSO partners were trained on writing better Human Interest Stories. The results and best practices have been documented