About UNEG

 

About UNEG

The United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) is an interagency professional network that brings together the evaluation units of the UN system, including UN departments, specialized agencies, funds and programmes, and affiliated organizations. It currently has 46 such members and  observers. The UNEG's current operational strategies are outlined in the UNEG Principles of Working Together and UNEG Strategy 2014-2019.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the decision-making body of UN...

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About UNEG

The United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) is an interagency professional network that brings together the evaluation units of the UN system, including UN departments, specialized agencies, funds and programmes, and affiliated organizations. It currently has 46 such members and  observers. The UNEG's current operational strategies are outlined in the UNEG Principles of Working Together and UNEG Strategy 2014-2019.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the decision-making body of UNEG, where UNEG members[1]  will make decisions in principle by consensus. Between AGMs, the UNEG Executive Group is responsible to operationalize decisions concerning UNEG's ongoing work mandated by the AGM. The Executive Group is composed of the Chair, the Vice Chairs and the Executive Coordinator, and serviced by the UNEG Secretariat. The UNEG Secretariat is housed in and supported by the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office.


 

[1]The decisions at the AGM are taken by UNEG members, each represented by a UNEG Head or someone deputizing for the Head. Decision-making processes are normally made during a dedicated session within the AGM.

 

 

 

 

 

Vision

UNEG envisions that evaluation is fully realized in every entity of the UN system through appropriate evaluation policies, resources, skills and activities. Thereby, evidence produced by evaluation informs a more relevant, efficient and effective UN system with greater impact on the lives of the people it serves.

Mission

UNEG's mission is to promote the independence, credibility and usefulness of the evaluation function and evaluation across the UN system, to advocate for the importance of evaluation for learning, decision-making and accountability, and to support the evaluation community in the UN system and beyond.

To achieve its mission, UNEG's work is focused on four strategic objectives, according to its Strategy 2014-2019:

1) Evaluation functions and products of UN entities meet the UNEG Norms and Standards for evaluation;

2) UN entities and partners use evaluation in support of accountability and programme learning;

3) Evaluation informs UN system-wide initiatives and emerging demands; and

4) UNEG benefits from and contributes to an enhanced global evaluation profession.

UNEG members include evaluation units in the following entities:

CTBTO FAO GEF IAEA ICAO IFAD ILO IMO IOM ITC OCHA OHCHR OPCW UNHCR UN-DPI UNDSS* UNCDF UNICEF UNCTAD UN-DGACM DPKO UNDESA UN-PBSO UNDP UNESCAP UNESCWA UNECA UNECE UNECLAC UNESCO UN-WOMEN UNEP  UN-HABITAT  UNIDO  OIOS UNODC UNFPA UNAIDS UNRWA UNV WFP WHO PAHO WIPO WMO WTO (*temporary membership)

UNEG observers: JIU, SDG Achievement Fund, World Bank, UNITAR

 

 

 

The Executive Group is composed of the Chair, the Vice Chairs and the Executive Coordinator, and serviced by the UNEG Secretariat. The Executive Group is responsible for guiding UNEG work in line with UNEG Strategy, and monitoring the progress towards the expected results.

Marco Segone

Director, Evaluation Office, UNWOMEN
and UNEG Chair

Andrea Cook

Director, Evaluation Office, UNFPA
and UNEG Vice Chair for Evaluation Function

Oscar Garcia

Director, Independent Evaluation Office, IFAD
and UNEG Vice Chair for Use of Evaluation

Indran A. Naidoo

Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP
and UNEG Vice Chair for System-wide Initiatives

Colin Kirk

Director, Evaluation Office, UNICEF
and UNEG Vice Chair for Partnerships

UNEG Strategy

Based on an independent assessment, UNEG published in November 2013 its Strategy 2014-2019. The Strategy focuses on a results-oriented and outward-looking approach, meant to increase the efficiency and accountability of UNEG. Building on previous strengths, it sets out four strategic objectives as follows:

  1. Evaluation functions and products of UN entities meet the UNEG Norms and Standards for evaluation;
  2. UN entities and partners use evaluation in support of accountability and programme learning;
  3. Evaluation informs UN system-wide initiatives and emerging demands; and
  4. UNEG benefits from and contributes to an enhanced global evaluation profession.

Membership

 

 

A UNEG member is primarily an evaluation unit[1] or a unit in charge of evaluation within a UN system entity (which could be a programme or a fund, a specialized agency, a department or an office of the Secretariat, or the secretariat of a commission). Each entity can have only one evaluation unit which represents its evaluation function as a UNEG member. Where decentralized evaluation functions or regional offices exist, membership is represented by the central evaluation unit. The UNEG member should achieve, or strive to achieve, the UNEG Norms and Standards and should be committed to UNEG work.

 

 

Each UNEG member is represented by an individual who is normally the head of the unit. This individual is referred to as a UNEG Head. The UNEG Head is obliged to update regularly the UNEG Secretariat on the list of staff members in his or her unit.

 

 

A UNEG observer is an evaluation unit or a unit in charge of evaluation within a UN entity that does not meet all of the above membership criteria. A UNEG observer may be invited to participate in UNEG activities, including Strategic Objective groups and sub-groups. A UNEG observer does not hold voting rights. A UNEG observer should agree with and contribute to UNEG's mission. There is no expectation that an observer will become a member.

 

UNEG can also invite other evaluation networks to be Institutional Partners. Institutional Partners are usually invitedto attend the UNEG Annual General Meeting and Evaluation Practice Exchanges (EPE) as guests. The current institutional partners include: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Network on Development Evaluation (EvalNet); Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG); International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE); and Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP).

Those units wishing to become members, observers or institutional partners should contact the UNEG Secretariat for an application form. Completed applications will be reviewed by the UNEG Secretariat, based on the checklist in Annex 2 in the UNEG Principles of Working Together, based on which the UNEG Executive Group will make a proposal for final decision by UNEG Heads. UNEG Heads will approve new members/observers/institutional partners on a no objection basis.

 

 


[1] The word "unit" here does not imply it must be defined as a Unit under the organization's nomenclature. It could be defined as an Office, a Department, a Unit or a part of an organizational unit responsible for evaluation.

 

 

 

List of UNEG Members and Observers

UN Secretariat Departments and Offices and Regional Commissions 

  • Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Development Cooperation Policy Branch
  • Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM), Monitoring, Evaluation, Risk Management and Statistical Verification Unit (MERS)
  • Department of Public Information (DPI), Evaluation and Communications Research Unit   
  • Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)/Department for Field Support (DFS), Evaluation Team 
  • Department of Safety and Security (DSS) (temporary member)
  • Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Evaluation and Guidance Section 
  • Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Service 
  • Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), Inspection and Evaluation Division  
  • Peace Building Support Office (PBSO), Financing for Peacebuilding Branch
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Programme Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation Section
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), Programme Management Unit 
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Programme Planning and Evaluation Unit 
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Evaluation Unit 
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Strategic Directions & Partnerships Section 

UN Programmes and Funds established by the General Assembly 

  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Evaluation Unit 
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Evaluation and Monitoring Unit 
  • International Trade Centre (ITC), Evaluation and Monitoring Unit 
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Independent Evaluation Office 
  • United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Evaluation Unit 
  • United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, Evaluation Unit 
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Evaluation Office 
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Evaluation Office   
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Evaluation Unit 
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Policy Development and Evaluation Service
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Evaluation Office 
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Independent Evaluation Unit 
  • United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Evaluation Division 
  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), Evaluation Office 
  • World Food Programme (WFP), Office of Evaluation 

UN Specialized Agencies working through the Economic and Social Council 

  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Office of Evaluation
  • International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Evaluation and Internal Audit Office 
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Independent Office of Evaluation 
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO), Evaluation Unit 
  • International Maritime Organization (IMO), Internal Oversight and Ethics Office and the Technical Co-operation Division 
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Evaluation Section 
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Evaluation Group 
  • World Health Organization (WHO), Office of Internal Oversight Service
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Office of Internal Oversight and Evaluation Services
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Evaluation Section 
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO), International Oversight Office 

Related Organizations and Funds 

  • Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Evaluation Section 
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF), Independent Evaluation Office 
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Programme Evaluation Function 
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM), Office of the Inspector General 
  • Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Office of Internal Oversight
  • World Trade Organization (WTO), Technical Cooperation Audit Unit

Observer

  • World Bank, Independent Evaluation Group
  • Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System (JIU)
  • SDG Achievement Fund (SDG-F), Evaluation Unit
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Planning, Performance and Results Section

 

Foundation Documents

Secretariat

 

The UNEG Secretariat is housed in and supported by the UNDP Evaluation Office. It is headed by the UNEG Executive Coordinator, who is designated by the Evaluation Office of UNDP. The UNEG Secretariat facilitates the work of UNEG, inter alia, by providing: a platform for communication and discussion among the members, including the UNEG website and communities of practice; a focal point for information, including on its members and activities, and for external communication; operational support as needed to facilitate UNEG activities, such as publications and meetings; financial management of funds entrusted to UNEG and contract management through UNDP; preparation of documentation regarding candidates for membership and observer status; and technical support to UNEG activities when resources are made available for such purpose. At AGMs, the Executive Coordinator reports on UNEG activities and financial situation to the members and makes proposals on the necessary staffing of the UNEG Secretariat.

 

 

 

Jin Zhang

UNDP

Fumika Ouchi

UNDP
and Executive Coordinator