United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. Established in 1947 by ECOSOC, it aims is to promote pan-European economic integration and cooperation among its member countries for sustained economic growth and sustainable development. UNECE also supports the regional implementation of the outcomes of global United Nations Conferences and Summits.It brings together 56 countries located in Europe, Central Asia, and North America. The Commission is located in Geneva, Switzerland and has 236 staff members. The biennial budget of the Commission for the biennium 2014-2015 is US$100 million.
The evaluation function aims to strengthen the accountability of UNECE to its stakeholders, notably member States and donors, while ensuring that lessons learned feed into the planning of future programme activities. Being part of the UN Secretariat, UNECE is guided by the rules and regulations of the UN General Assembly for programme planning, monitoring and evaluation. The Commission is currently operating under the UNECE Evaluation Policy (2010).
Under this policy, UNECE is subject to two types of evaluations: internal evaluations (self-evaluations, biennial evaluations of subprogramme performance, project evaluations), and external evaluations (conducted by OIOS or JIU).
The Unit provides guidance and ensures overall coordination of all aspects (planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation) of programme management. It also ensures the follow-up to and implementation of the recommendations of United Nations oversight bodies. UNECE will issue a new Evaluation Policy in 2014, to ensure consistency with UNEG Norms and Standards, more effective use of UNECE's limited resources and improving programme performance.
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UNECE Evaluation Policy
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Evaluation Policy, 2010
Evaluating as One - Working Together in the UN SystemUNECE actively participates in the work of the UNEG, and coordinates with the other Regional Commissions through the Chiefs of Programme Planning, and the Regional Commissions Monitoring and the Evaluation Focal Point Network. Moreover, UNECE collaborates with Regional Commissions and other UN entities on evaluations of joint activities. UNECE also engages with the JIU and OIOS on a regular basis
The Evaluation function is located within the Programme Management Unit (PMU).
Staff (as of 31 December 2013)
Evaluations conducted or commissioned by the unit in 2013
13 evaluations conducted in 2013.One of these was a programme level self-evaluation managed by the Programme Management Unit, eight were sub-programme level self-evaluations managed by Divisions. Four evaluations were end-of-project evaluations conducted by independent consultants.
Evaluation Expenditure in 2013, excluding staff costs
1. Ensuring the compliance of UNECE's Evaluation Policy with the UNEG Norms and Standards;
2. Strengthening the independence, credibility and usefulness of UNECE self-evaluations;
3. Standardisation of evaluation tools for strengthening the evaluation capacity.
The head of evaluation reports directly to the Executive Secretary. Under the 2010 Evaluation Policy, the head of the evaluation function is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the biennial evaluation workplan, providing guidance and advice, coordination, and capacity building for evaluation. The UNEG Self-assessment reports that evaluators do not sign a statement of potential conflict of interest and there are currently no rules and mechanisms in place that allow evaluators to report discreetly on cases wrongdoing.
Agenda Setting & Evaluation Planning
UNECE prepares a biennial work programme for evaluation in the process of the preparation of the biennial programme budget. The work programme addresses timeliness of evaluation with a view to inform decision-making, specifies the necessary resources for evaluations, and identifies the intended results and impact of UNECE's evaluations.
Stakeholder Involvement and Promoting National Evaluation Capacity
Stakeholders are systematically consulted in the planning/design of, conduct and follow-up to evaluations. Peer reviews or reference groups composed of external experts are not used in the evaluation process. Evaluation consultants are engaged based on their relevant experience, and are predominantly sourced from the region.
The quality of evaluation reports is ensured by the establishment of guidelines, checklists, and standardized templates. These cover preparation of evidence-based evaluation reports, findings and recommendations, methodology, executive summaries, and follow up action plans.
Use of Evaluation
An explicit response to the evaluation is issued by the Manager of the entity in the form of an Action Plan. There is systematic follow-up by management and the evaluation entities of the implementation of the recommendations.
UNECE's input to the Secretary-General's Programme Performance Report is publicly available. UNECE is systematically extracting lessons from evaluations and communicating them through workshops and meetings with UNECE's senior management. UNECE's biennial evaluations at the cluster level are approved by member States at the Sectoral Committees, and made available as official parliamentary documentation. From 2014, all evaluation reports will be made publicly available.
UNECE actively participates in the work of the UNEG, and coordinates with the other Regional Commissions through the Chiefs of Programme Planning, and the Regional Commissions Monitoring and the Evaluation Focal Point Network. Moreover, UNECE collaborates with Regional Commissions and other UN entities on evaluations of joint activities. UNECE also engages with the JIU and OIOS on a regular basis.