Management Response

: Mexico
: 2014 - 2019 , Mexico (CO)
: Final evaluation of the Mexico Strategic Note 2014-2019
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: Mexico
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UN Women Mexico Country Office conducted the final country portfolio evaluation (CPE) on the Strategic Note (SN) 2014-2019. The Evaluation involves a systematic assessment of the contributions made by the Country Office to development results concerning gender equality and women’s empowerment at the national level. It considers the set of interventions that UN Women has carried out during the Strategic Note period, combining its triple mandate of normative, programmatic, and coordination work. The key findings of the evaluation were UN Women in Mexico 1) has made an important contribution to advancing of gender equality in the country; 2) the initiatives carried out as part of the portfolio are relevant and pertinent to the situation in the country, and 3) that the Country Office is highly positioned among the stakeholders, who highlight its added value to support the women’s empowerment and respect for human rights. There were seven recommendations developed during the evaluation. The findings and recommendations from the CPE were seriously considered and incorporated in UN Women Mexico SN 2020-2025. Major or majority of recommendations have already been adopted and implemented and several others have been already incorporated in the planning of the Mexico CO Annual Work Plan 2020. Also, the SN 2020-2025 Mid Term Review (MTR) will be carried out on 2023 to evaluate the efficacy of the new SN.

: Submitted
Recommendation: Incorporate in the new Strategic Note thematic issues that are relevant to the national situation of gender equality, such as: a. strengthening the capacities of elected women in the framework of parity. b. violence against women linked to insecurity, organized crime and the public policies that address these issues. c. the strengthening of interagency initiatives to enrich the application of instruments aimed at closing gender gaps in the labor market. d. more active participation at state and municipal levels.
Management Response: During 2019, the UN System in Mexico negotiated with the Federal Government and relevant national partners the new UNSDCF, in alignment with the National Development Plan and the SDGs. Based on CCA results, the UNSDCF defined 4 strategic areas and 10 programmatic outcomes. Thanks to a dedicated support by UN Women, the UNSDCF has incorporated a robust gender perspective and has defined outcomes directly targeting women’s rights and empowerment. Building on consultations with UN Women’s key partners, and according to its collaborative advantage and added value, in strong alignment with SP 2018-2021; UN Women Mexico SN 2020-2025 has installed capacity to participate in all 4 strategic areas set in the UNSDCF. This is crucial to be able to negotiate its participation in future joint programs. It will also allow UN Women to open new action lines which are key for the country and can be crucial for mobilizing resources.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Not applicable
Operating Principles: Alignment with strategy
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Gender equality
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Incorporate in the Strategic Note 2020-2025 thematic issues that are relevant to the national situation of gender equality. a. strengthening the capacities of elected women in the framework of parity. b. violence against women linked to insecurity, organized crime and the public policies that address these issues. c. the strengthening of interagency initiatives to enrich the application of instruments aimed at closing gender gaps in the labor market. d. more active participation at state and municipal levels. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers PM&E Operations Communications Knowledge & data 2019/12 Completed Considering the country context analysis, the emerging issues in Mexico and the main areas of attention according to the UN Women SP 2018-2022, UN Women Mexico SN 2020-2025 opened action lines which are key for gender equality. Outcome 2.1 UN Women Mexico will focus its efforts on supporting the effective implementation of gender parity, with a special focus on the local level, strengthening the capacities of federal and local stakeholders to guarantee the full participation of women in decision-making in all areas; provide technical support for the implementation of parity standards and policies at all decision levels; promote the coordination of relevant actors to implement regional and international tools that measure women’s participation and the impact of gender parity in public policies; and the capacities of social organizations and women's networks will be strengthened. Outcome 3.2 As for decent work programs to address labor market needs, the CO will work with women and young women belonging to left behind groups, especially indigenous women, rural women, so that they may increase their access to the labor market, specifically through innovative STEM studies and training programs. Outcome 4.1 In the next five years, UN Women Mexico will have a comprehensive approach to eradicating violence against women and girls. In this sense, efforts will be focused in generating data, statistics and quality information on the different forms of violence, in line with international standards, to support the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public policies. To achieve these results, the CO will catalyze the planned actions with other UN Agencies and will pay special attention to ensure a focus on gender-sensitive human rights, life cycle and intersectionality, with a territorial level approach, especially the municipal level, in order to have a visible impact and to guarantee the “leaving no one behind” principle.
Maintain UN Women strong relationship with the RC and the UNCT, funds and programs to promote gender equality and raise attention on Mexico’s major gender equality challenges and priorities. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers PM&E Operations Communications Knowledge & data 2023/12 Ongoing UN Women Mexico is actively collaborating in the response plan of the UN framework with by strenghtening partnerships with our Gender inter-agency group and the Civil Society Advisory Group. We organised 2 Interagency meetings, one about the socioeconiomic impact of COVID19 and the other one regarding the increase of violence against women due to confinement. In addition to this, we had a CSAG meetings were we had the opportunity to listen to CS and their needs regarding the emergency and other relevant matters on gender equality in Mexico. Also, we had a meeting with CSAG and 4 UN Agencies (UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO and UN Women) also to listen to voices of CS and the concerns regarding the cituation of women and girls during COVID19 crisis. Also, the CSAG had the opportunity to listen to UN priorities and how they were handling the emergency from their own agencies.
Recommendation: Maintain the concern for the strengthening of civil society organizations, expanding the activities of the Civil Society Advisory Group in terms of discussion of emerging issues and dialogue with civil society organizations that are not part of it.
Management Response: Strategic partnerships with civil society are essential to advance initiatives in priority areas. Civil society, women’s organizations and feminist movements are key partners for UN Women, and the collaboration ranges from their engagement in joint advocacy initiatives, their role of advisors within the frame of the Civil Society Advisory Group, to the implementation of civil society’s led initiatives or to the figure of implementing partners. UN Women strengthens the capacity of advocacy of civil society movements and women’s organizations on policies and reforms in favor of substantive equality and national and local women´s NGOs and community-based organizations are a crosscutting partnership for all areas of the Strategic Note 2020-2025.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Not applicable
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers 2023/12 Ongoing As part of COVID 19 reponse, large non-core projects are developing new strategies to reach and strenghten CSO of second floor to deliver products, provide support to women and girls with the objective to prevent and reduce violence against them.
Involving the Civil Society Advisory Group within the democratic planning process. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers 2019/12 Completed UN Women organized a consultation with the Civil Society Advisory Group to discuss the elaboration of the Strategic Note 2020-2025 and the strategic lines and programmes to be carried out during the next years. The actual composition of the CSAG includes an integral geographic balance as well as a wide range of gender specialties (violence, sexual and reproductive rights, political participation, economic empowerment, among others). The CSAG is also diverse, with young women and members with long experience in gender, and indigenous women.
Recommendation: Strengthen the partnerships with the private sector based on the mandates, capabilities, and resources of UN Women and according to the sector’s thematic and innovation interests, incorporating it into the discussion of the care system, closing gender gaps in the productive chain, and in general in promoting the women’s economic autonomy.
Management Response: The partnership between UN Women and the private sector in Mexico has grown in ambition, depth and effectiveness. More companies have engaged with the WEPS and are transforming their policies, more companies are supporting UN Women in its communication efforts to transform cultural patterns and promote positive masculinities, and more companies are directly financing UN Women, constituting, at the date, the most significant contributor of non-core resources of UN Women in Mexico. In the course of the SN 2020-2025 a set of new initiatives are being negotiated, suggesting that our programmatic contribution in the country, and the potential of our entity to generate sustainable change is very much linked to its capacity to leverage the enormous potential of the private sector, as mentioned in the lessons learned chapter of the SN. Specifically, the new Strategic Note lays out an innovative approach towards mobilizing private sector resources and increasing the level of commitments that our private sector allies adhere to, such as to the Women Empowerment Principles but also to financed gender mainstreaming advisory services to Global Compact members.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Resource mobilization
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Engaging the private sector on decent work priorities at country level through their operations and investments, closing gender gaps and care system. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers 2023/12 Ongoing The programme Moving Forward for Equality has continued to work on the strengthening of private sector and government in terms of economic empowerment and care. In addition, local governments of the four localities of the programme have been actively involved in the activities of women entrepreneurs of the programme, including the support with credits for their businesses. In terms of enriching the application of instruments aimed at closing the gender gaps in the labour market, UN Women has continued to work in the SDG Fund programme: Closing Gaps: Making Social Protection Work for Women in Mexico. Particularly, the focus has been on the development and implementation of a National Care Policy which emphasizes the importance of care services for the incorporation of women in the labour market and closing the gender gaps in terms of participation and in the gender pay gap. Care services and policies impact directly not only in women´s participation rate but also in the reactivation of the economy. A National Care Policy becomes particularly relevant in the COVID-19 context which has thrown light in the gender disparities that women face in the distribution of care work and in the access of care and social protection benefits.
Diversification of partnerships in all areas for more effective development. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers 2023/12 Ongoing In Covid19 crisis context the capacity of UNW key partners both in the federal and local government has been affected. The government has already started to take austerity measures and strong budget cuts, affecting especially some institutions working on women's rights. Even though, the international cooperation allies have open the door to apply to special package and programmes to fund Covid-19 reponse where UNW has worked along with other UN Agencies in join proposals.
Recommendation: Strengthen the strategic design capacity of the Country Office to carry out integrated planning while being flexible to respond to context opportunities. That includes the formulation of theories of change by impact area, mainstreaming the intersectional and participatory approaches throughout the project cycle.
Management Response: UN Women Mexico has prepared its new Strategic Note for 2020-2025 that contains specific theories of change by impact area, based on the Common Country Assessment results. Additionally, the SN 2020-2025 was the result of a broad consultation process with the Government, CSO and stakeholders by addressing the challenges and gaps impeding the elimination of gender inequalities, referring to the recommendations of the final report of the evaluation of the country portfolio (SN 2014-2019) and based on lessons learned from the management of current projects. There are strong reasons to believe that the proposed theory of change is based on an in-depth understanding of the context. As examples of this are the inclusion of potential programmatic growth areas such as migration, climate change, disaster risk reduction and a mainstreaming of participation in programmes of indigenous and Afro-American women through all impact areas.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Governance and planning (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Alignment with strategy
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Develop specific theories of change by impact area for the SN 2020-2025 and include emerging contextual issues into programmatic planning. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers PM&E Operations Communications Knowledge & data 2019/12 Completed The theory of change is key of the new 2020-2025 Strategic Note. It is built on the UN Women orientation guides in developing a theory of change, consultations with its stakeholders and is aligned with the UN Women 2018-2021 Strategic Plan and the new UNSDCF. This, with the aim of accelerating compliance with the SDGs, primarily SDG 5 and contributing to other goals, to reduce gender inequalities from an intersectional perspective, promote a comprehensive empowerment of girls and women to move towards the full exercise of their rights, and guarantee substantive equality, both nationally and locally. To achieve this result, for the period 2020-2025, UN Women in Mexico has designed a country strategy based on a comprehensive theory of change and a mid-term review will take place during the third year of SN 2020-2025 implementation.
Recommendation: Review the planning and monitoring system currently used to simplify it and guide it towards strengthening the results-based management; limiting the number of indicators, standardizing the criteria for assessing progress, develop annual meetings of the entire team to analyze the results achieved.
Management Response: The SN 2020 -2025 includes a coherent set of indicators for the CO programmes; aiming to be relevant to multiple stakeholders, and useful for monitoring and evaluation. Those SMART indicators, as well as their baselines and targets, are directly related to UN Women 2018-2021 Strategic Plan relevant output and outcome indicators to track progress and demonstrate the impact of the SN at outcome and impact levels. The number of SN 2020-2025 indicators is responding to its 7 outcomes, 22 outputs and 126 activities to provide reliable means to measure achievement, reflect the changes connected to an intervention, and to help assess the performance of the CO. In order to monitor progress at all levels of the system to provide feedback on areas of success and areas in which improvement may be required, Results Based Management (RBM) knowledge is a critical factor in ensuring the success in standardizing the criteria for assessing progress. It will ensure that all aspects of designing, implementing and monitoring and evaluating a program/project is done transparently and in a manner that ensures accountability. Also, a mid-term review will take place during the third year of SN 2020-2025 implementation and it will provide an opportunity to review the SN indicators system.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Governance and planning (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Oversight/governance
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Strengthening the results-based monitoring system. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers PM&E Operations 2023/12 Ongoing PME will launch a process to strenghten RBM monitoring. The first process was launched for the elaboration of first and second quarterly report.Which consist in providing general guidance on how to elaborate a monitoring activity report, reviewing and providing feedback to help PM improve their knowledge and practice in RBM. Additionally, PME and Operation area consolidated in a single template two separated programmatic and operative tools: procurement and implementation plan. This action will facilitate the monitoring of project results and delivery of products in quarterly and annual basis.
Provide basic RBM training to all recruited UN Women Country Office staff. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers PM&E Operations 2023/12 Ongoing PME requested Human Resources and Operation Area to include "Results-Based Management (RBM) Module 1 - An Introduction to Results-Based ManagementSCORM package" as part of staff training plan. It is expected to reach 100% of compliance of this measure by August 2020.
Recommendation: Review the administrative procedures to propose its simplification in order to facilitate the management of the projects by the implementing partners, as well as generate a system of collaboration between the project teams and those in charge of management, to strengthen the support system.
Management Response: The country office will continue to support strengthening partners' capacity in the SN 2020-2025. The country office will ensure the partners to consider their sustainability strategy.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Governance and planning (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Internal coordination and communication
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Providing specific provisions and requirements relating to the selection and retention of partners by UN Women. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers Operations 2023/12 Ongoing Relating to the selection of new IP´s, UN Women CO use the Capacity Assessment Checklist Tool prior to signing on with any prospective CSO partners. No actions has been taken to retain this partners.
Capacity building training to implementing partners to support women's organizations to enhance their capacities to deliver services. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Project Managers Operations PM&E 2023/12 Ongoing In the first semester of the year, Operation area has coordinated partnership review virtual and face-to-face meetings to review financial and administrative management procedures. As the same time, has provided procurement training to strengthen their capacities. In this semester no actions has been taken with IP to undertake training on RBM.
UN Women go along with implementing partners to build their sustainability strategy. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers Operations 2023/12 Ongoing UNW provide initial training to new IP and for IP with whom have already worked a financial adhoc visits and trainings has been implemented. For example, with SCE, one of the largest projects in Mexico CO, 3 days workshop on financial acquisitions processes to reinforce knowledge and comply with official regulations.
Recommendation: Strengthen the capacities of the Country Office to contribute to the continuity and sustainability of the initiatives, identifying the necessary actions from the design and implementation of the projects, and prioritizing the accumulated institutional expertise to avoid the risk of scattering from the institutional agenda.
Management Response: The CO during the Strategic Note 2020-2025 implementation will guarantee compliance with financial regulations, policies and instructions. Based on the considered strategies, including the global change management, the mobilized resources and the expected growth potential of the CO, the current organigram has been reviewed with a functional analysis view and using the alignment of the SP Outcomes and the UNSDCF, resulting in a personnel restructuring to fully potentiate our current installed capacity. Based on the Mid Term Review recommendations, the Mexico CO started in 2018 a process to redesign its programme management capabilities through cross-cutting areas: 1) communications 2) operations and 3) planning, monitoring and evaluation, with the aim to provide support to programme portfolios and foster stronger results and sustainability.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Governance and planning (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: National ownership
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Increase effectiveness and to improve the CO’s AWP implementation performance. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers PM&E Operations Communications Knowledge and data 2019/12 Completed Based on the priority areas of intervention identified within the new Country Office Strategic Note, the Country Office developed an Office Organigram which reflects the organizational structure required to ensure the effective implementation of the new Strategic Note 2020-2025.
Enhanced operations and procurement capacity Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Operations 2020/12 Ongoing Operations Area has been strengthen with new personnel to support HR and Procurement processes. Moreover, the reclassification of Operation PM to Operation Analyst has allowed to speed up processes due to new level of DOA in Atlas. Regarding the implementation of the Service Center, a meeting was held with Colombia to exchange learning lessons and know how it has been implemented in this country. Progress has been made with the development of a HR strategy that will provide an overview an a diagnosis of the administrative pull that supports core and non-core projects and how to configure the Service Center.
Leverage thematic expertise available at Country Office level to support punctual interventions where indicated. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers PM&E Operations Communications Knowledge & data 2023/12 Ongoing As part of the recruiting procedure, Operations provided a welcome kit that contains the links to the most important documents, operational jargon and office hours. With this information a substantive induction to UNW is ensured. Additionally, Operation area has implemented continuous training about new procedures, platforms and scheduled meetings with administrative team and PM every 2 weeks to attend doubts and resolve pending topics. With the launch of TEAMS platform, a digital repository has been set up with online webinars, other guiding documents and materials as well as requesting the creation for new vendors and PO´s. UNW was the first country to complete security awareness achieving 100% compliance.
The CO will undertake regular risk analysis and implement measures to mitigate political, operational and security risks. Management team UN Women Mexico CO: Representative Project Managers PM&E Operations Communications Knowledge & data 2023/12 Ongoing The risk analysis monitoring has been undertake in coordination of PME area and in strong collaboration with Operations PM. Throughout the year, the risk register has been updated in two occasions, both in the framework of CO planning processes: SN 2020-2025 and the AWP 2020. The mid-year revision of both risk and fraud analysis will be carried out in July.