Management Response

: Regional Office for Arab States (Egypt)
: 2016 - 2016 , Regional Office for Arab States (Egypt) (RO)
: Final Evaluation of Economic Empowerment of Syrian Women Regional Project
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: Regional Office for Arab States (Egypt)
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All of the recommendations have been fully or partially accepted. The Regional Office has begun implementing actions to ensure that the recommendations are taken on board.

: Approved
Recommendation: As the Syrian response moves towards an increasing focus on resilience, UN Women should consider articulating a more explicit and holistic framework for working on women’s empowerment in humanitarian action for future interventions.
Management Response: The LEAP Framework articulates a clear framework for women’s empowerment in a humanitarian setting (leadership, protection, access to money). However, the degree to which these elements are implemented may vary across projects. (better articulated and implemented in project documents (adapted to the extent that it needs to be).
Description:
Management Response Category: Partially Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Humanitarian action
UNEG Criteria: Gender equality
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
UN Women ROAS will work with all offices in the region to more explicitly articulate a regional and country level theories of change aligned to the LEAP, adapted to the context for all future project. ROAS will work with project managers to ensure integrated approach to implementing LEAP. ROAS 2020/12 Ongoing
UN Women ROAS will initiate discussion of the LEAP framework and theory of change to ensure a common understanding among UN Women staff in the region ROAS 2017/10 Completed
Recommendation: UN Women should establish a comprehensive Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) system to inform of future work in humanitarian action and gain a greater understanding of intended and unintended results of its interventions.
Management Response: UN Women recognizes the need to strengthen its monitoring and evaluation efforts. The establishment of the organization-wide results monitoring system has introduced a greater results orientation. UN Women at regional and country level will continue to strengthen RBM capacity and build a user-friendly system for project/programme level monitoring and evaluation which can feed into more strategic and longer-term analysis of humanitarian action.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Evidence, Data and statistics
Organizational Priorities: Humanitarian action, Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
UN Women ROAS will discuss with donors earmarking a set percent for evaluation – and monitoring where security costs are high (e.g. Iraq, Yemen, etc) in all proposals. It will seek agreement for the establishment of a pooled fund for longer term monitoring and evaluation go assess outcomes and impact of humanitarian action, where donors allow. ROAS 2020/12 Ongoing
UN Women ROAS will work with at least two offices in the region to produce stand-alone annual monitoring reports which will be disseminated and discussed with key stakeholders. ROAS 2018/12 Completed
UN Women ROAS will develop an integrated monitoring and evaluation framework for the next LEAP programme to ensure that future interventions build in an evaluation lens from the outset. ROAS 2018/06 Completed
Recommendation: UN Women should place greater focus on the capacity development of implementing partners to strengthen national capacities on ensuring humanitarian action is gender responsive.
Management Response: UN Women will increase its efforts on capacity development of implementing partners in future interventions based on needs identified in a capacity assessment.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Humanitarian action
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Gender equality, Relevance
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
UN Women will allocate money for capacity building of partners in future proposals focusing on humanitarian action. ROAS 2020/12 Not Initiated
UN Women will disseminate its online learning tools to all partners, and where relevant, undertake targeted assessments of partner HA capacities. UN Women will refresh staff on their role in building the capacity of HA partners, rather than using partners simply as operational arms ROAS & COs 2018/12 Completed
Recommendation: UN Women should include a more robust SGBV component as part of its broader efforts to enhance social protection. This should include expanding partnerships with others actors who are working on SGBV and expanding the work the work on engaging men and boys in addressing sexual and gender based violence through the identification and leveraging of good practices.
Management Response: UN Women will continue to strengthening and expanding its current SGBV interventions and the capacities of its staff, with a focus on awareness raising, referrals and documentation
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Humanitarian action, Engaging men and boys
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
UN Women ROAS will ensure that all UN Women staff working on SGBV in humanitarian action complete the UNHCR training on protection standards ROAS 2020/12 Ongoing
UN Women ROAS will conduct a refresher workshop on SGBV basics for staff ROAS 2017/10 Completed
UN Women will document and disseminate good practices on working with men and boys in humanitarian settings on SGBV. ROAS 2018/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: The creation of sustainable economic opportunities for Syrian refugees and host communities remains a great challenge. UN Women should explore different modalities for ensuring sustainable economic opportunities for vulnerable women from Syrian refugee and host communities in partnership with other key actors working on this.
Management Response: UN Women is currently exploring supporting more sustainable economic opportunities within the LEAP interventions based on the current policy context. This work be undertaken in close cooperation with the regional WEE advisor.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Partnership, HIV/AIDS
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
UN Women ROAS is developing a strategy on entrepreneurship. Elements of this strategy will be integrated into the work with refugee and host community women. ROAS 2018/06 Completed
UN Women ROAS will further test and expand sustainable approaches, including business centres in refugee camps in Jordan, co-ownership of businesses and cooperatives in Lebanon ROAS & COs 2018/12 Completed
UN Women ROAS will conduct biannual conversations with every CO on the policy environment and what is possible with respect to refugees working in country. ROAS 2019/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: UN Women should advocate for multi-year funding to enable longer-term planning and programming in humanitarian action.
Management Response: UN Women at regional and country level is already in discussions with donors on multi-year funding and is submitting proposals which reflect this.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Resource mobilization
Organizational Priorities: Humanitarian action
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Efficiency
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
UN Women ROAS will continue to submit proposals for multi-year funding where feasible. ROAS 2020/12 Completed