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RESULTS-ORIENTED MONITORING AND EVALUATION.

Follow-up to Evaluation Recommendations - ITC, UNHCR, ECLAC and ESCAP

2018: King Zollinger & Co. supported the OIOS triennial review of the implementation of evaluation recommendations.

The Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) was undertaking triennial reviews of its 2015 evaluation of the International Trade Centre (ITC); the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP); and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC; E/AC.51/2015/6). The objective of the Triennial reviews are to determine: (a) the extent to which the recommendations emanating from these evaluations have been implemented, (b) any measurable impacts of their implementation, and (c) the reasons for non-implementation or partial implementation of those recommendations not yet fully implemented.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

UNFPA’s engagement in highly-vulnerable contexts

2017: Alison King conducted a meta-analysis of UNFPA’s engagement in highly-vulnerable contexts.

meta-analysis UNFPAThe purpose of the meta-analysis was to generate learning on UNFPA’s engagement in highly-vulnerable contexts with a view to improving future programming within the context of the UNFPA SP 2018-2021. Highly-vulnerable contexts is understood to encompass programme countries at high risk of a humanitarian crisis occurring as well as those facing and emerging from humanitarian situations such as natural disasters, epidemics and armed conflicts. The meta-analysis was based on (i) country programme evaluations (CPEs) of Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Haiti, Liberia, Myanmar and Nepal; (ii) a synthesis of the results of the six CPEs; and (iii) a wider circle of 25 UNFPA priority humanitarian countries.
Contact: Alison King

 

Multi-stakeholder approach to accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (SDG 9)

2017: Urs Zollinger lead the independent mid-term evaluation of UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnership (PCP)

PCP-evaluation-annexPCPThe mid-term evaluation was a forward-looking assessment based on a pilot phase in Ethiopia, Senegal and Peru with the purpose of drawing lessons and identifying areas for possible improvement. Urs had the overall responsibility for the evaluation, including coordinating the five-member-evaluation-team, drafting the inception report, leading the mission to Ethiopia and drafting the evaluation report. A key element of the evaluation methodology was a comprehensive theory of change analysis (p. 9-18).
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Integrated approach to SDGs

2017: Alison King evaluated cross-sectoral cooperation within UNECE in support of sustainable development

The objective of the evaluation was to learn from experience in order to identify gaps to close and key opportunities for enhancing an integrated approach to UNECE’s sustainable development work and effective implementation of the SDGs.
Contact: Alison King

 

Peer Review of the Evaluation Function of the Council of Europe

2017: Urs Zollinger participated for the second time – after 2010 - in the peer review of the evaluation function of the Council of Europe (CoE).

The purpose of the review - headed by the Swiss Foreign Ministry - was to measure progress achieved since the establishment of the Directorate of Internal Oversight in 2010 and to provide advice for improvements that could be made in the central evaluation function and decentralised evaluations as well as the links between the two functions. The peers’ recommendations were shared with top management and CoE Member States.
Contact: Urs Zollinger


Partnership with donors

2017: Urs Zollinger participated in the evaluation of the UNIDO’s partnerships with donors.

Independant evaluation divisionThe objective of the evaluation was to improve partnerships management at UNIDO. As team member, Urs was tasked with assessing UNIDO’s partnerships with the European Union as well as with Switzerland, two of UNIDO’s main donors. Urs contributed to the overall evaluation methodology and conducted data gathering missions to Brussels and Berne.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Quality Assessment of UN Evaluation Reports

2016: Contracted by OIOS-IED, King Zollinger assessed the quality of evaluation reports from across the UN Secretariat completed during the 2014-15 biennium.

UN-EvaluationFollowing similar assignments in 2010, 2012 and 2014, King Zollinger assessed the quality of 100 evaluation reports against 30 standards, extracted development results and identified good evaluation practices as an input into the biennial report 2014-15 of OIOS to the UN General Assembly on evaluation.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

UNICEF’s Child Friendly City (CFC) Initiative

2016: King Zollinger mandated by UNICEF Switzerland to revise and test the methodology to assess child friendliness of municipalities in Switzerland.

King Zollinger revised the assessment methodology used to evaluate the child friendliness of those Swiss municipalities participating in UNICEF’s Child Friendly City (CFC) Initiative. After its revision, the methodology was tested by King Zollinger to evaluate the child friendliness of the following cities and communities: Bern, Frauenfeld, Reinach, Riehen and Teufen.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

UNFPA Nepal Country Programme Evaluation

2016: Alison King led a team of national evaluators to evaluate UNFPA’s Nepal country programme.

Nepal Coutry ProgrammeAfter having evaluated UNFPA’s Tajikistan country programme in 2014, Alison was contracted to evaluate UNFPA’s Nepal country programme in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and population dynamics. Special attention was given to adolescents and youth as a key target population group and the integration of emergency preparedness and response in programme design and implementation.
Contact:Alison King

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

2016: Alison King developed approach paper for the Clustered Country Programme Evaluation of UNFPA Engagement in Highly-vulnerable Contexts

approach-paperIn 2015, the UNFPA Evaluation Office initiated an evaluation to assess the relevance and performance of UNFPA country programmes in six programme countries recently or still affected by conflict, natural disasters or disease outbreaks. Alison King wrote the approach paper. It provides a framework for the country programme evaluations and serves as reference for UNFPA and the evaluators.
Contact:Alison King

 

Evaluation of Civil Society Empowerment Projects

2016: Alison King led the evaluation of two civil society projects funded by the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF)

490420Alison King led the ex-post evaluation of two UNDEF-funded projects in Kenya. The objectives of the respective projects were to enhance the participation of CSOs and citizens in local planning and public procurement; and to strengthen youth participation in local governance to improve government responsiveness to their rights and needs.
Contact:Alison King

 

Review of Evaluation Quality Assurance and Assessment System

2016: King Zollinger supported the review and revision of the UNFPA evaluation quality assurance and assessment system

King Zollinger supported the review of the UNFPA quality assurance and assessment system to better meet corporate needs and respond to organizational policies and priorities. Based on research, interviews and internal stakeholder consultations, King Zollinger assessed and proposed revisions to the methodology and tools. The new EQAA system was rolled out during 2016: http://www.unfpa.org/admin-resource/evaluation-quality-assurance-and-assessment
Contact:Alison King

 

Country programme evaluation Tanzania

2016: Urs Zollinger led the evaluation of the UNIDO country programme in Tanzania (2011-2016)

Unido-Evaluation-TanzaniaThe purpose of this evaluation was to provide recommendations for consideration in the formulation and implementation of the next UNIDO country programme. Urs had the overall responsibility for the evaluation, including coordinating the four-member-evaluation-team, drafting the inception report, leading the mission to Tanzania and drafting the evaluation report.
Contact: Urs Zollinger


Mid-term review of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for the Horn of Africa

2016: King Zollinger facilitated the mid-term review (MTR) of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for the Horn of Africa (2013-2017)

The objective of the MTR was to review the accomplishments of the current Swiss Strategy Horn of Africa, as well as to assess its strategic orientations and implementation modalities in light of an evolving context. The MTR was expected to influence commitments until the end of 2017 and the orientation of the next strategy cycle. Support provided by King Zollinger included proposing the methodology for the MTR, designing and conducting a self-assessment-survey and moderating a three-day MTR workshop in Addis Ababa.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Partnership review

2015/16: Urs Zollinger assessed the partnership between the IFAD’s Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)

The objectives of the review were to assess the results of the partnership as well as the opportunities and challenges in its implementation and to generate recommendations that could inform possible new partnerships between SDC and IFAD in the future. The review report outlines four possible venues for the future. The report is not public.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Thematic review of UNIDO interventions in the area of enterprise development and job creation, including for women and youth

2015: Urs Zollinger led UNIDO thematic review

Report Unido jobsThe purpose of this review was to provide UNIDO with a synthesised view on the Organizations performance in the area of enterprise development for job creation, in particular for women and youth. As team leader, Urs Zollinger had the overall responsibility for the review and the coordination with the other team member. As part of the assignment, he developed a theory of change of UNIDO’s engagement for more employment. In addition, the assessment of relevant project evaluation reports was recorded in a database for a qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Meta-analysis of UNFPA country programme evaluations

2015: Alison King conducted a study of UNFPA country programme evaluations from the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region undertaken during 2013-15

The synthesis of country programme evaluation results and identification of organizational needs served the UNFPA Regional Office to learn lessons; inform the development of future country programmes; and enhance the quality and use of UNFPA country programme evaluations.
Contact:Alison King

 

Peer Review of UNRWA’s Evaluation Function

2015: As Senior Advisor to the Panel, Urs Zollinger supported the Peer Review of UNRWA’s evaluation function

UNRWA Peer ReviewThis Professional Peer Review of the evaluation function of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was carried out under the provisions contained in the UNEG Framework for professional peer reviews of the evaluation function of UN organizations. The purpose of the Peer Review was to enhance the use of evaluation within UNRWA.
Contact:Urs Zollinger

 

Evaluation of UNICEF’s Child Friendly City (CFC) Initiative in Switzerland

2015: King Zollinger conducted this UNICEF evaluation

The focus of the evaluation was on the process leading to CFC certification. The purpose of this evaluation was to find out how to better support cities in Switzerland in order to become child friendly cities. The evaluation included an electronic survey among cities, telephone interviews and on-site visits.
Contact:Alison King

 

Evaluation of employment and e-waste management project in Cambodia

2015: Urs Zollinger led UNIDO project evaluation.

Final-UnidoThe innovative public-private partnership between the Royal Government of Cambodia, KOICA, Samsung Electronics and UNIDO is focussing on creating job opportunities for youth and ensuring effective e-waste management in Cambodia. The purpose of the evaluation was to enable the partners to take informed decisions with respect to a possible second phase. As team leader, Urs Zollinger was overall responsible for the evaluation, including inception report, field mission, coordination with national evaluation consultant, data analysis and final report.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

UNFPA Violence against Women Project Evaluation in Belarus

2015: Alison King led evaluation of a UNFPA project to end domestic violence against women in Belarus.

BelarusAt the beginning of 2015, Alison King teamed up with a Belarusian consultant to conduct a summative evaluation of UNFPA’s project “Development National Capacity to Counteract and Prevent Domestic Violence, especially against Women and Girls” in Belarus, funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.
Contact: Alison King

 

Thematic Evaluation of the MDG Monitoring and Evaluation System

2014/2015: Alison King was team member of OIOS-IED Millennium Development Goal evaluation.

Evaluation MDGAlison King was an external team member of the OIOS-IED thematic evaluation “Thematic Evaluation of Monitoring and Evaluation of the Millennium Development Goals: Lessons Learned for the Post-2015 era”. She contributed to data analysis and report drafting. The evaluation report was presented to the UN General Assembly in June 2015.
Contact: Alison King

UNFPA Country Programme Evaluation Tajikistan

2014: Alison King led UNFPA Tajikistan country programme evaluation.

Evaluation TajikistanTogether with two national consultants, Alison King conducted an independent evaluation of the UNFPA 3rd country programme in Tajikistan 2010-2015 with its three programmatic areas - reproductive health and rights, population and development, and gender equality. Findings and recommendations are expected to influence the design of the new country programme for approval by the UNFPA Executive Board in 2015.
Contact: Alison King

 

Quality Assessment of UN Evaluation Reports

OIOS-IED-Final2014: Contracted by OIOS-IED, King Zollinger assessed the quality of evaluation reports from across the UN Secretariat completed during the 2012/2013 biennium.

Following similar assignments in 2010 and 2012, King Zollinger assessed the quality of 102 evaluation reports against 29 standards, synthesized evaluation findings and identified good evaluation practices as an input into the 14th biennial report of OIOS to the UN General Assembly on evaluation.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Peer Review of the Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

2014: Urs Zollinger supported the 2nd Professional Peer Review of the GEF Independent Evaluation Office.

GEFThe objective of the Professional Peer Review was to provide the GEF Council, the Assembly of the GEF, the GEF Secretariat, GEF Agencies and the IEO with an independent assessment of the evaluation function within the GEF. The review intended to inform strategic planning in the GEF as it moves forward in its next replenishment phase. The report of the Professional Peer Review was presented to the GEF Council in May 2014.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Evaluation of the UNIDO Medium-term Programme Framework

2014: Urs Zollinger was one of three team members for this strategic evaluation.

Unido-MTPFThe main purpose of this evaluation was to provide UNIDO with recommendations for the development of its next four-year Medium-term Programme Framework (MTPF), the most strategic planning instrument of UNIDO at corporate level. The evaluation assessed the performance of UNIDO in implementing the MTPF and achieving stated results. It also assessed the utility of the MTPF as a strategy, planning, implementation and reporting tool.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Review of CGIAR Research Programs Governance and Management

2013/2014: King Zollinger provided advisory services to review team.

CGIAR ResearchThe review covered 16 CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). Its objectives were to develop an accurate and nuanced understanding of governance and management across the CRPs; to identify structures and practices that support the achievement of CRP and system-level goals; to highlight structures and practices that impede or undermine performance; and to recommend principles and practices for CRP governance and management that enhance performance and accountability. King Zollinger provided methodological support, designed data collection tools, advised on report drafting, facilitated stakeholder briefings and assured quality.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Revision of Evaluation Handbook

2013/14: King Zollinger updated the OIOS-IED Evaluation Manual

evaluation handbookIn collaboration with IED, King Zollinger revised and updated the IED Inspection and Evaluation Manual to align with new IED evaluation standards and processes as well as latest evaluation materials. The on-line manual allows for easy, inter-active navigation and provides numerous links to external guidance material.
Contact: Alison King

 

Assessment of Strategic Planning Documents

2014: Contracted by the SDC Controlling Division, King Zollinger assessed SDC strategic planning documents from a “Managing for Development Results” point of view.

For the fourth time, King Zollinger analyzed randomly selected strategic planning documents to assess the extent to which the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is applying its corporate “Managing for Development Results” criteria. An annual traffic light system visualizes the findings for the attention of SDC management.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Independent Thematic Evaluation of UNIDO’s Public Private Partnerships

2013: Urs Zollinger was the Senior Evaluator and lead author.

PPP-final-report-2014The evaluation was conducted in order to provide guidance on business partnerships to UNIDO management and the development of new partnerships. The partnerships assessed included the ones with Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Samsung, Scania, Chevron and others. The key evaluation questions were the relevance, added-value and effectiveness of the partnerships as well as the institutional arrangements in UNIDO to manage business partnerships.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Review of Evaluation Processes in the UN

2013: King Zollinger reviewed the evaluation processes of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The purpose of the review was to enhance the usefulness of ECE evaluation processes as strategic learning and management tools. The review looked at the evaluation processes and results emanating from those processes during the period 2005 to 2012. Different stakeholders, including UN Member States, the UN Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) and other UN regional commissions were consulted as part of the review. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Quality Assessment of UN Evaluation Reports

2012: King Zollinger was contracted by OIOS/IED to assess the quality of evaluation reports from across the UN Secretariat completed during 2010/2011 and to synthesise key evaluation findings.

A68-70 The assessment against 27 quality standards covered 94 evaluation reports from 16 UN Secretariat departments and programmes with the intention to help improve the quality of evaluation reports emanating from the UN secretariat. Findings were included in the 13th biennial report of OIOS to the UN General Assembly on strengthening the role of evaluation and the application of evaluation findings on programme design and policy directives in the UN Secretariat (A/68/70). Contact: Alison King

 

Mid-term Evaluation of UNEP’s Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) 2010-2013

2012: Alison King was contracted as team member to undertake a mid-term evaluation of UNEP’s Medium-Term Strategy

Mid-term UNEPs Medium-Term StrategyThe evaluation focused on four key aspects of MTS implementation: i) the strategic relevance of the MTS; ii) progress made in achieving anticipated MTS outcomes and impacts as identified in each of the six MTS sub-programmes taking a Theory of Change approach; iii) business processes, systems and structures put in place to support MTS implementation; and iv) human resources and financial mechanisms associated with the delivery of the MTS. Contact: Alison King

 

Meta-Analysis of Project Evaluation Reports of UNEP, UNODC and OCHA

2012: Urs Zollinger was asked by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) to conduct a content analysis of 50 evaluation reports from across the United Nations

This content analysis contributed to three OIOS programme evaluations of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The methodology used to analyse the reports was classical content analysis, using categories and sub-categories developed in an iterative process. Some of the key categories: results achieved related to agency priorities, contribution to capacity building, contribution to human rights and gender equality, and lessons learned. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Thematic Evaluation of UNIDO’s Contribution to Delivering as One United Nations

2011/2012: Alison King designed and conducted an evaluation of UNIDO’s Contribution to One UN mechanisms

Unido One UnThe evaluation was conducted to inform UNIDO management and policy organs about UNIDO’s contribution to Delivering as One United Nations in the eight pilot countries, factors affecting its contribution and results achieved in the Organization’s thematic priority areas. Its purpose was also to provide guidance on key opportunities and constraints for sustaining and expanding the coverage and quality of its contribution to One UN mechanisms. Contact: Alison King

 

Independent Evaluation of Lessons Learned from Delivering as One (DaO)

2011/2012: As Senior Programme Evaluation Specialist, Urs Zollinger participated in this UN General Assembly mandated evaluation

Main Report final DaOThis evaluation, managed by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), assessed the contribution and value added of the Delivering as One approach and drew lessons that are significant for the UN system as a whole. The United Nations launched the Delivering as One initiative in 2007 - within the overall process of UN reform - to test how the UN family can provide development assistance at the country level in a more coherent, effective and efficient way. Eight countries volunteered to pilot the Delivering as One approach: Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam. The evaluation presented its findings and lessons to ECOSOC in July 2012. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Managing Core Contributions to Multilateral Organizations

2011: Alison King assessed SDC’s Core Contribution Management tool, an instrument for results-oriented planning and monitoring of un-earmarked financial contributions to its major multilateral partners.

At the beginning of 2011, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) contracted Alison King to assess its Core Contribution Management tool. The Core Contribution Management tool was initially conceptualized and introduced with the support of King Zollinger in 2008/2009. The assessment identified some scope for improvement, both in terms of implementation and design. The instrument was adapted based on recommendations made. Contact: Alison King

 

Evaluation of UNIDO Country Programme Rwanda

2011: Alison King was recruited as international evaluation consultant by the UNIDO Evaluation Group

Unido RuandaThis independent country evaluation covers UNIDO’s presence in Rwanda from 2004 to 2011. For the most part, it assesses UNIDO’s country programme and the Organization’s contribution to Delivering as One UN (DaO) in Rwanda. In the context of preparations for launching the next UNDAF, due in 2013, the evaluation was conducted with a forward-looking approach seeking to identify best practices and lessons to enhance the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of future UNIDO interventions in Rwanda. Contact: Alison King

 

Quality Assessment of UN Evaluation Reports

2011: Urs Zollinger was engaged by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) to conduct a quality assessment of evaluation reports from across the United Nations.

The purpose was to assess the quality of selected evaluation reports completed by the UN Secretariat departments during 2008-2009. 45 reports were assessed along 27 quality criteria. The assessment included reports from DPKO, DESA, UNCTAD, UNEP, UNHCR, UNRWA, the UN Regional Commissions and other entities. The findings of the assessment were included in a report to the UN General Assembly (A/66/71). Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Evaluation of UNDP Contribution at the Regional Level to Development and Corporate Results

2010: Urs Zollinger was mandated by the UNDP Evaluation Office to co-lead a six-person team to evaluate UNDP’s regional programmes and presence.

Evaluation of UNDP Contribution This strategic evaluation looked at the regional work of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 2000 and assessed the Organization’s contributions to achieving development results and corporate objectives. Its scope included the five UNDP regional programmes for Asia, Africa, Latin America, Arab States and Europe/CIS and the relevant institutional arrangements, in particular the work of the Regional Service Centres in Bangkok, Dakar, Johannesburg, Panama, Cairo and Bratislava. The evaluation results were presented to the UNDP Executive Board in January 2011. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

External Review of UNIFEM Sub-regional Strategies

2010: Alison King was asked to facilitate and participate in a review of 15 UNIFEM Sub-regional Strategies.

In 2008, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) developed Sub-regional Strategies (SRS) how to implement the corporate Strategic Plan at sub-regional levels and to providing programme and accountability frameworks for UNIFEM’s 15 Sub-regional Offices around the world. Based on a senior-management decision, Alison King was asked to work with a team of seven UNIFEM staff to review the usefulness of the SRS as a strategic framework on the one hand and as an implementation tool on the other. The team also took stock of progress made towards stated sub-regional development and management results. The Synthesis Report provides recommendations in view of producing guidelines for next generation SRSs under the newly created UN Women. Additional recommendations emerged for improving the corporate annual reporting system. Contact: Alison King

 

Results-oriented Monitoring of EC-funded Programmes/Projects

2008-2010: Alison King monitored EC-funded programmes and projects in Africa and recommended actions for improvement.

In 2010, Alison King continued her work as senior international expert to monitor EC-funded programmes and projects in Africa in areas such as rural development, agriculture, democracy, child protection, disabilities, education and training, aid effectiveness and institutional capacity development. The Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) system of the European Commission scores development programmes and projects against internationally agreed criteria: relevance and quality of design, efficiency, effectiveness, impact prospects and potential sustainability, for which knowledge of project cycle management and the logical framework approach is essential. In 2010, Alison conducted missions to Ghana, Swaziland and South Africa. Previously, she carried out results-oriented monitoring in Ethiopia, The Gambia (mission leader), Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (mission leader). Contact: Alison King

 

Peer Review of the Evaluation Function of the Council of Europe

2010: Urs Zollinger was appointed as one of two experts to peer review the evaluation function of the Council of Europe.

In May 2010, the Council of Europe decided to organize a peer review of the institutional set-up and functioning of its recently established Evaluation Division. The purpose of the review - headed by the Swiss Foreign Ministry - was to suggest ways to strengthen the Organization’s evaluation function based on initial experience gathered. The expert team reviewed a number of policy documents and met with several key staff and government representatives in Strasbourg. Its recommendations were well received by the Evaluation Division and the top management of the Council of Europe. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Review of DPA Follow-up to Evaluation Recommendations

2010: Contracted by OIOS, Urs Zollinger conducted a triennial review of the implementation of evaluation recommendations.

DPA Triennal ReviewIn 2006, the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) conducted several evaluations of the work of the UN Department for Political Affairs (DPA), which plays a central role in peace building and preventive diplomacy, and supports among many other things the work of the UN Security Council. In 2010, based on an inter-governmental decision, Urs Zollinger was asked to review and assess the extent to which DPA has implemented the evaluation recommendations. The review was well received by DPA management, and acknowledged for establishing a clear path to conclude unfinished business. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

External Assessment of UNIFEM Quality Assurance Process and Project Design

2009: Alison King was asked to assess UNIFEM’s quality assurance process and appraise the quality of its programmes/projects and strategies approved under the corporate Strategic Plan 2008-2013.

The intention of the external assessment of the quality of UNIFEM programmes/projects and strategies on the one hand, and of the rigour and effectiveness of its quality assurance process on the other, is to monitor institutional performance and to recommend measures for improvement. Contact: Alison King

 

Quality Assessment of OIOS Evaluation Reports

2009: Urs Zollinger was engaged by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) to assess the quality of its evaluation and inspection reports.

The purpose of this external assessment was to assess the extent to which the Inspection and Evaluation Division of OIOS meets its organizational performance reporting requirements as well as to recommend measures to improve the quality of its reports. Evaluation and inspection reports were assessed along 42 standards derived from the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) evaluation and other quality standards. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Evaluation of UNIDO’s Field Mobility Policy

2009: UNIDO contracted Urs Zollinger to evaluate its Field Mobility Policy.

UNIDO EVA Field Mobility final reportThe process evaluation assesses the extent to which the UNIDO Field Mobility Policy has resulted in increased staff mobility and strengthened the organisation’s field presence. It also looks into design and implementation issues. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Evaluation of Strategic Partnership between UNIDO and UNDP

2009: Urs Zollinger was one of two international consultants contracted to evaluate the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement between UNIDO and UNDP.

joint terminal evaluationThe joint terminal evaluation covers UNIDO-UNDP joint private sector development initiatives as well as the effectiveness of the expanded UNIDO country presence, inter alia in the context of ongoing UN reforms. The UNDP Executive Board and the UNIDO General Conference acknowledged the evaluation findings and recommendations in September and December 2009 respectively. View full report. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Advising the Peer Panel Review of the United Nations Evaluation Function

2009: Urs Zollinger is co-author of the Peer Review Report on the Evaluation Function of the Office of Internal Oversight Services of the United Nations (OIOS).

peer review reportIn 2008/2009, Urs Zollinger was one of two international advisors to the Peer Panel reviewing the Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) of the United Nations. OIOS/IED is located within the UN Secretariat in New York and covers all United Nations activities under the UN Secretary-General's authority. The professional peer reviews of selected multilateral organisations are a joint undertaking of the OECD/DAC Network on Evaluation and the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG). Their scope is to assess the independence, credibility and utility of the evaluation functions of multilaterals. Members of the Peer Panel to review the IED are the Governments of Norway and Switzerland, the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Peer Review Report was published in early 2009. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

Evaluating UN Reforms at Country Level

2007/2008: Alison King was part of an international consultant team charged with assessing the evaluability of UN reforms at country level.

In November 2006, the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in the Areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance and the Environment published its report entitled "Delivering as One". In order for the UN system to become more coherent, effective and efficient, the report recommends that it introduce the concepts of one leader, one programme, one budgetary framework and one office at the country level. In 2007 and 2008, Alison King participated in United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) missions to 3 of the 8 pilot countries, i.e. Viet Nam, Albania and Rwanda. The scope of the visits was to assess whether the ongoing UN reform processes can be evaluated at a later point in time and what might be the barriers to its effective and useful evaluation. Contact: Alison King

 

Assessing Multilateral Effectiveness at Country Level

2004-2008: King Zollinger supported the Annual MOPAN Survey of multilateral partnership behaviour. The Multilateral Organisations Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) is a network of like-minded donors.

From 2004 to 2008, King Zollinger supported the Annual MOPAN Survey of partnership behaviour of multilateral organizations towards national stakeholders on the one hand and other international development organizations on the other. The focus of the Survey on multilateral contributions to policy dialogue, advocacy, capacity development, alignment, information sharing, inter-agency coordination and harmonization at the country level reflects the emphasis of the international community on the quality and effectiveness of aid. King Zollinger managed the hotline for MOPAN country teams, wrote the Synthesis Reports and suggested improvements to the Survey methodology. Contact: Alison King