Management Response

: Regional Office for Arab States (Egypt)
: 2018 - 2018 , Regional Office for Arab States (Egypt) (RO)
: Evaluation of UN Women Economic Opportunities work under LEAP/HA
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: Regional Office for Arab States (Egypt)
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UN Women agrees or partially agrees with the recommendations of the evaluation. Some of the recommendations have already been taken on board. UN Women will continue to strengthen its work in this area building on the promising practices identified in the this evaluation and other similar exercises

: Approved
Recommendation: To be demand driven, consider a regional portfolio and strategy which includes a variety of well-developed economic models based on the experiences and the research conducted to date and the priority needs identified by the target group, governments, and other actors. The portfolio should focus on partnership model developed in the region and should demonstrate the added value and expertise UN Women brings to WEE. The added value of UN Women in supporting the capacity development of local organisations should be developed further.
Management Response: UN Women will continue to test and expand its economic models based, working with a range of partners to implement them.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Alignment with strategy, Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities, Humanitarian action
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
1. In Jordan, UN Women will apply the holistic OASIS approach to host communities WEE work. Dec 2019 JCO Initiated JCO 2019/12 Overdue-Initiated
2. UN Women will document and disseminate effective economic models based on implementation at national level in one country. RO / ECO 2019/01 Completed
3. UN WOMEN is undertaking a capacity development programme for the CBOs working directly with the refugees on the component of livelihoods ECO 2019/12 Overdue-Initiated
Recommendation: Management support should be provided to country and programme offices where needed. This is especially the case for offices in countries where the presence of UN Women is more recent and where fully-fledged country offices have yet to be established. When presences in those countries are established, the necessary resources to ensure delivery of programme quality must be allocated. UN Women has a good basis from which to develop and implement strong economic interventions, but the requisite resources need to be made available. During the early stages this could require own core funding investment. WEE multi-year strategies should be developed that can be broken down into annual plans (or other suitable timeframes) to accommodate short-term humanitarian funding cycles. A longer-term approach to monitoring and implementation for resilience focused interventions will ensure the assessment of long-term sustainable results (e.g. income, employment) beyond the immediate project cycle.
Management Response: UN Women has limited core funds and advocacy is undertaken by the Regional Office to HQ for greater investment of core to countries in conflict / hosting a HA response. This will continue. The RO is also working to further allocate current regional core funds in ways that prioritise field presences. As referred to in Recommendation 1, UN Women is taking a multi-year approach to its WEE work. Evidence of this is a JP with ILO that is beginning now and the two-year EU programme – which is an expanded version of its WEE in HA contexts (LEAP) programme.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Oversight/governance, Evidence, Data and statistics
Organizational Priorities: Humanitarian action, Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
1. UN Women ROAS will develop a guidance/methodological note on potential approaches for longer term monitoring. RO 2019/12 Overdue-Not Initiated
2. UN Women will work with statistical offices to design methodologies on WEE that they can integrate into their work to be able to monitor change over time. RO 2022/12 Not Initiated
3. UN Women in Egypt will integrate the components of its humanitarian work into multi-year WEE strategies such as the VSLA platform ECO 2020/12 Not Initiated
Recommendation: UN Women should build further on its strengths and the progress made to date in engaging with private sector actors.
Management Response: UN Women offices will continue to partner with the private sector and expand the work with the private sector through the Women Empowerment Principles.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
1. UN Women in Jordan will expand its engagement with the private sector through work with them on the Gender Equity Seal and the Women’s Empowerment Principles. JCO 2021/12 Initiated
2. As part of its JP with ILO, UN Women will provide at least 10 private sector firms with tools (Gender Gap Analysis tool) to assess gender responsiveness– and technical support and training to implement gender responsive action plans. RO with offices in Lebanon, Jordan Egypt Palestine 2021/12 Initiated
3. UN Women in Egypt will work with the private sector on skills development programmes and vocational training ECO 2021/12 Initiated
Recommendation: UN Women should consider whether an ‘advisory’ presence within relevant ministries (a counterpart for the economic empowerment agenda) would enhance UN Women recognition among other stakeholders as an important WEE actor. This would follow the example of other multilateral agencies (e.g. ILO and UNDP) who have advisory presence within the ministries which are their primary counterpart.
Management Response: UN Women has established advisory presence in some countries (e.g. Egypt, Jordan, Palestine). UN Women will explore this modality where it makes the most sense.
Description:
Management Response Category: Partially Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Normative Support, Humanitarian action
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
1. UN Women is increasing its collaboration and partnership with its national counterpart NCW on this portfolio and the presence in other ministries may dilute the focus UN Women is putting on this partnership. The collaboration includes capacity development of the local NCW branches to better serve refugees and host community nationals. ECO 2021/12 Initiated
Recommendation: Between humanitarian actors there is an absence of strong knowledge and research which demonstrate the complexities required to support response strategies. Across the region there are deeply rooted cultural and social norms which have affected women’s access to employment. While UN Women addresses this well, more diverse responses should be included in recognition of the diversity of women from displaced, refugee, and host communities and the diversity of assistance required to support them
Management Response: UN Women recognizes that social norms are something that it needs to address better and will continue to expand its work on this.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Advocacy
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
1. UN Women in Jordan is developing its social norms work further, with a focus on WEE and will launch research on this in 2019 and 2020. JCO 2020/06 Overdue-Not Initiated
2. UN Women in Egypt is undertaking a cross sectoral gender assessment to identify the gaps and opportunities in its response and coordination with other partners operating on the ground ECO 2021/12 Not Initiated
3. UN Women at regional and country level will support consultations and awareness raising on the value of women’s work and equal sharing of domestic work and unpaid care with CSOs, private sector, national institutions, traditional and religious leaders, communities. RO / COs 2020/12 Not Initiated