United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Within the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Development Cooperation Policy Branch (DCPB) in the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (OESC) provides substantive support for the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of the General Assembly (GA) of operational activities for development of the United Nations system. The QCPR is the mechanism through which the GA establishes system-wide policy orientations for the development cooperation and country-level modalities of the UN system in response to the evolving international development cooperation environment. The implementation of the GA resolution on the QCPR is monitored by ECOSOC on an annual basis through its Operational Activities Segment. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Evaluation Function Snapshot Independence Agenda Setting & Evaluation Planning Quality Assurance Use of Evaluation Joint Evaluation

Evaluation Function

The DCPB/OESC undertakes a comprehensive assessment of the implementation of policy guidance established by the General Assembly through the QCPR legislation. As an example, the yearlong preparatory process for the 2012 QCPR has involved nine analytical background studies, four stakeholder surveys, seven country missions and nearly sixty formal and informal consultations with Member States and the various working mechanisms of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG). DCPB/OESC has also hosted in the past year the secretariat of the independent evaluation of the delivering-as-one pilot initiative and coordinated the independent review of the existing institutional framework for system-wide evaluation of UN operational activities for development, both mandated in GA resolution 64/289 on system-wide coherence.

DCPB/OESC is mandated to prepare annually an analytical report of the Secretary-General on funding of UN operational activities for development and another report on the implementation of the QCPR resolution by the UN development system. For the 2012 QCPR of the General Assembly, the DCPB/OESC has prepared five reports and/or notes of the Secretary-General to facilitate intergovernmental deliberations on the QCPR.

Institutional set-up

The Chief of DCPB reports directly to the Director of OESC, who reports to the Under Secretary-General of UNDESA. DCPB/OESC has 10 posts (7 professional and 3 general service staff).  It is estimated that some 25 per cent of professional staff time in DCPB/OESC is devoted to providing substantive and other related support to intergovernmental bodies as well as senior managers in the Secretariat.[1] Approximately one professional staff is fully dedicated to QCPR preparations, including the annual monitoring of implementation, with another one focusing on analytical work relating to funding of UN operational activities for development. Another two professional staff members service the Development Cooperation Forum of ECOSOC, all managed by the Chief of Branch. DCPB/OESC also frequently engages consultants to supplement its staff capacity, particularly during the QCPR preparations.

 


[1] This includes the preparation of an estimated 200 statements, talking points, background notes and presentations for senior management in the Secretariat every year. 

Snapshot

  • Evaluation Policy

    • GA and ECOSOC resolutions on QCPR

    • UNEG Norms and Standards

  • Current evaluation priorities:

    • Professionalization of DCPB/OESC evaluation function

    • Development of an evidence-based monitoring system for QCPR implementation

    • Further strengthening of analytical reporting on funding of UN operational activities for development

  • Human Resources (reference date: 31 December 2011)

    • Chief: M (part-time)

    • Total 1: M=1

      Support staff : 1=F (part-time)

    • No decentralized evaluation staff

  • Evaluation expenditure in 2011 (excluding staff costs):

    • $406,450 [extrabudgetary resources for 2012 QCPR preparations]. This does not include expenditures relating to the independent evaluation of the delivering-as-one initiative, which secretariat was hosted by DCPB/OESC

  • Evaluations produced per year

    • 1 annual evaluation/review of QCPR implementation, including special reports on selected issues

    • 1 in-depth evaluation/review of funding of UN operational activities for development, including special reports on selected issues

    • Ad-hoc evaluations/reviews (upon request)

  • QCPR Website:http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/oesc/qcpr.shtml

  • DESA Website: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa

Independence

Agenda Setting & Evaluation Planning

The DCBP/OESC is currently in the process of developing an evidence-based monitoring system for the implementation of the QCPR legislation anchored in the collection and analysis of country-level data and information.  The findings of the annual monitoring process will subsequently inform the development of an evaluation strategy for the analytical preparations for the next QCPR.  

Stakeholder involvement and promoting national evaluation capacity

DCPB/OESC consults extensively with various stakeholders during the QCPR preparations. For the 2012 QCPR, for example, DCPB/OESC conducted four online surveys of governments in programme countries, UN Resident Coordinators and country team members, UN Operations Management Teams at the country level and civil society organizations, working closely with UN entities at the country level, respectively. Some 1100 responses of country-level stakeholders were gathered through the four surveys. In addition, DCPB has conducted some 60 formal and informal consultations with Member States and the various working mechanisms of UNDG as part of the preparations for the 2012 QCPR.

Quality Assurance

Analytical work conducted by DCPB/OESC, including reporting, is subject to extensive peer review by colleagues in the UN system as well as external experts.

Use of Evaluation

The findings emerging from analytical preparations conducted by DCPB/OESC form the basis upon which the recommendations of the Secretary-General for the QCPR are derived. The recommendations of the Secretary-General subsequently inform intergovernmental deliberations on the QCPR, which culminate in policy guidance established by the GA for the UN development system. The results of the analytical preparations are disseminated widely within and outside the United Nations system, including through a dedicated QCPR webpage of UNDESA,[1] information briefs, press releases, workshops, meetings and special studies and reports.

 


[1] http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/oesc/qcpr.shtml

Joint Evaluation

UNEG Members

Huanyu Liu

Econ. Affairs Officer, UNDESA

DESA

Kristinn Helgason

UNDESA

DESA

Zina Mounla

UNDESA

Fact Sheet

Assessment