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COMPLETE LIST OF PROJECTS

 

POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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Swiss Cooperation Strategies for Albania (2018-2021) and Serbia (2018-2021)

2017: King Zollinger provided facilitation and drafting support for Swiss Cooperation Strategies for two countries in the Western Balkans

strategy serbiastrategy albaniaThe support provided by King Zollinger included facilitation of planning workshops in the countries, drafting of elements for the new strategies, methodological support in formulating results-oriented planning frameworks and editorial support.
Contact: Alison King

 



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Swiss Cooperation Strategy for the Mekong Region (2018-2021)

2017: King Zollinger supported the process of preparing and elaborating the four-year Swiss Cooperation Strategy for the Mekong Region

strategy mekongThis regional strategy focuses on Laos and Cambodia. King Zollinger supported the planning process by designing and moderating the planning workshop in Phnom Penh, providing drafting support at various stages of the strategy process and developing the results framework.
Contact: Alison King

 



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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


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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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

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Development of Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Mozambique

2016: King Zollinger facilitated the development of the new Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Mozambique (2017-2020)

Strategy MozambiqueKing Zollinger supported the planning process by designing and moderating two workshops, one of which was a video-conference, the other one was a four-day planning workshop in Maputo. The services also included methodological support with regard to the formulation of results frameworks and drafting support to the strategy document.
Contact: Alison King


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Support to new Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Macedonia

2016: King Zollinger supported the process of preparing and elaborating the next Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Macedonia (2017-2020)

King Zollinger supported the planning process by designing and moderating two planning workshops with various stakeholders in Skopje. King Zollinger also provided drafting support at various stages to the strategy document.
Contact: Alison King

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Retreat of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

2015: Urs Zollinger moderated retreat with staff from SDC and the Swiss Missions in New York, Geneva and Rome.

In January 2015, Urs Zollinger moderated a two-day retreat in Bern. The retreat, organized by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) was an opportunity to discuss the post-2015 agenda, financing for sustainable development and the Swiss collaboration with the United Nations.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

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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

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Longer-term Positioning of the UN Development System

Ie-paper-cip 2015: Alison King co-authored independent expert paper for ECOSOC.

As part of the ECOSOC dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in preparation for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015 and the United Nations Quadrennial Comprehensive Review of Operational Activities for Development of the UN Development System in 2016, Alison King co-authored an independent expert paper on UN development system capacities to deliver, impact and accountability, and partnerships. She was particularly responsible for the chapter on impact.
Contact: Alison King

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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




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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

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Elaboration of Swiss Cooperation Strategy Tanzania 2015-2018

2014: King Zollinger provided facilitation and drafting support for the new Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Tanzania.

The overall goal of the four-year Swiss Cooperation Strategy, budgeted at CHF 103.5 million, is to contribute to poverty reduction in Tanzania through inclusive growth and by way of building a more equitable society. To this intent, the Swiss Government will work with partners in the areas of health, employment and income and governance with a targeted focus on women and youth as well as the poverty-stricken, rural Central Corridor regions. King Zollinger facilitated the strategic planning process, including the results framework, and drafted the strategy document.
Contact: Alison King

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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

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Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining – New Strategy

GICHD Annex 2014: King Zollinger supported the development of the new GICHD medium-term strategy (2015-2018).

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works to eliminate mines, explosive remnants of war and other explosive hazards. To achieve this, the GICHD supports national authorities, international organisations and civil society in their efforts to improve the relevance and performance of mine action. Core activities include furthering knowledge, promoting norms and standards, and developing in-country and international capacity. King Zollinger facilitated two staff retreats in Geneva to advance the development of the new strategy and provided methodological support to the development of the results framework for 2015-2018.
Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Quality Assessment of UN Evaluation Reports

OIOS-IED-Final 2014: 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

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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

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Evaluation of the UNIDO Medium-term Programme Framework

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

The 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

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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

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Effectiveness of Mutual Accountability Mechanisms

Brief ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum 2014: Alison King produced a policy brief on the effectiveness of mutual accountability mechanisms for the 2014 ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum

Commissioned by UN-DESA, the policy brief updates a 2010 mapping of the effectiveness of regional and global mutual accountability mechanisms to promote sustainable development results. It reviews the extent to which such mechanisms support mutual accountability at national level and aims to give practical suggestions for a global accountability architecture. The desk review found that mechanisms make visible efforts to close identified knowledge gaps. At the same time, it identifies a range of challenges and recommends the following actions: to undertake a mapping of existing mechanisms with a narrow focus on development cooperation flows; to facilitate more structured and independent research on the nexus of mutual accountability and evidence-based decision making; to make better use of the data revolution and the potential of technology to establish which information is relevant and to effectively share data; and to assess capacity needs and enhance dialogue on effective development cooperation between provider and recipient country parliaments and between CSOs.
Contact: Alison King

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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

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Review of CGIAR Research Programs Governance and Management

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

CGIARThe 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

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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

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Elaboration of Swiss Cooperation Strategy Serbia 2014-2017

2013: King Zollinger co-authored the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Serbia, including its Results Framework.

Serbia Strategy 14-17Placing a particular emphasis on vulnerable groups and underdeveloped regions, the four-year Strategy, representing planned annual disbursements of around CHF 19 million, focuses on advancing democratic, efficient and effective governance; enhancing the competitiveness of the Serbian economy; and increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. King Zollinger facilitated the strategic planning process, drafted the strategy document and provided methodological support for results-based management. Contact: Alison King

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Strategy on South-South Cooperation

2013: Urs Zollinger supported the elaboration of UNIDO’s operational strategy to promote South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

Urs Zollinger supported UNIDO’s new strategy that promotes industrial cooperation among developing countries and countries in transition by moderating internal workshops, providing methodological strategy advice and by outlining and drafting the strategy document. The comprehensive strategy includes analysis, priorities and objectives, overall approach, expected outcomes, an action plan, milestones and performance indicators. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Workshop on Human Security for the Western Balkans

2013: Urs Zollinger moderated a workshop for developing the new Swiss strategy on human security for the Western Balkans.

Urs Zollinger was invited by the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs to moderate a strategy development workshop on human security in South-Eastern Europe, in preparation for a Swiss four-year strategy for the region. The new strategy includes priorities like dealing with the past, mine action and political dialogue. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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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

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Retreat on UN operational activities for development

2013: Urs Zollinger moderated a workshop with staff from Swiss Foreign Ministry

In January 2013, Urs Zollinger moderated a retreat with staff from the Swiss Foreign Ministry in charge of UN affairs including Swiss representatives on governing bodies of the United Nations. The two-day workshop provided an opportunity to discuss global issues and to establish priorities for the coming years, in particular with regard to the Post-2015 process and the UN reform in the area of operational activities for development. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Advisor to the Facilitator of the UN QCPR-Resolution

2012: King Zollinger supported Switzerland’s engagement in the UN General Assembly Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review.

macedonia strategyKing Zollinger supported the Swiss Government’s role as facilitator of the UN General Assembly resolution on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations. The support included advice on content and drafting of the resolution as well as on the negotiation process. The resolution was adopted successfully in January 2013 (A/RES/67/226). Contact: Urs Zollinger


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World Development Report 2013 on Jobs

2012: Urs Zollinger moderated the Swiss Launch of the World Bank’s annual World Development Report 2013 on Jobs

In November 2012, Urs Zollinger moderated the launch of the World Bank’s flagship report at the Kursaal in Bern. The event, attended by a large and diverse audience representing the private and public sector, was opened by the Head of Economic Cooperation and Development at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The Director of the World Development Report 2013 presented the report’s main findings and key messages, followed by a panel discussion on “Job Creation - A Global Development Agenda” with panelists from Nestlé, the University of Lausanne, the Swiss Programme Office in Tunisia, Alliance Süd and the ILO. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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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

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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

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Elaboration of Swiss Cooperation Strategy Macedonia 2013-2016

2012: King Zollinger co-authored the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Macedonia, including its Results and Monitoring Frameworks

macedonia strategyWithin the overall framework of the Message on Switzerland’s International Cooperation, the Strategy focuses on advancing democratic governance at local and central levels, further adjusting the economic system towards a social market-based economy that creates jobs and growth, with a particular focus on women and youth, and enabling further progress towards meeting international water standards and requirements. King Zollinger facilitated the strategic planning process, drafted the strategy document and provided methodological support for results-based management. Contact: Alison King

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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

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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

 

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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

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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

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Advisor UN System Coherence at FAO

2011: Alison King was contracted by the FAO UN Relations and Rome-based Collaboration Branch to provide policy and strategic advice on UN system coherence matters.

From September to December 2011, Alison King was based at FAO Headquarters in Rome. As UN System Coherence Advisor, she provided policy and strategic guidance on developments related to UN reforms and UN system-wide coherence. This, in view of strengthening FAO’s voice in global inter-agency and inter-governmental processes, such as preparations for the 2012 UN General Assembly Quadrennial Policy Review. Contact: Alison King

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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

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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

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Development of FAO Strategy on Collaboration within the UN System

2010: FAO has contracted Alison King to elaborate a corporate strategy on collaboration within the UN system.

In 2010, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) asked Alison King to draft a strategy to achieve a more proactive and coherent corporate approach to UN system partnerships and UN reforms. In close collaboration with the Office of Corporate Communications and External Relations in Rome, Alison is developing a strategy determined by a vision of strong partnerships that enhance FAO’s capacity to assist its member states achieve their national goals and to help accelerate progress towards the MDGs. An Agenda for Action will facilitate the implementation of the Strategy.

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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

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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

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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

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Technical Assistance for Delivering as One United Nations (DaO)

2010: Alison King continued to provide technical assistance to SDC’s involvement in DaO

In 2010, Alison King continued to provide support to the Swiss Cooperation Office in Albania in monitoring and engaging in the Delivering as One process. In particular, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation requested Alison to review and document experiences with Swiss involvement in DaO to learn for future institutional engagement with the UN system at country level. This experience documentation fed into Swiss statements at the Hanoi High-level Tripartite Conference on DaO in June. Later on, it served as key input into an SDC internal workshop in Maputo on how to improve cooperation with multilateral organizations. Contact: Alison King

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Seminar on Collaboration between Bilateral and Multilateral Aid Agencies

2010: Urs Zollinger moderated a seminar - which he also helped design - on cooperation between SDC and multilateral organizations.

Urs Zollinger supported the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in developing a seminar on cooperation between SDC and multilateral organizations, which he then moderated. Through exchanging experience of past collaboration, the objective of the seminar was to improve the understanding of multilateral organizations’ planning, funding and implementation modalities in order to strengthen cooperation. SDC staff based in Africa and the Organization’s headquarters participated in the seminar in Maputo. They were joined by resource persons from the World Bank, the African Development Bank and UNDP. Participants rated the event very positively and suggested that it be repeated in other regions. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Formulation of UN Global Compact Strategy

2010: Urs Zollinger facilitated an internal review of the 2008-2010 UN Global Compact Strategy and the formulation of a follow-up Strategy.

Urs Zollinger was asked by the Global Compact Office in New York to support the review of its three-year strategy (2008-2010), which he had helped develop back in 2007. In close collaboration with the Global Compact team in New York, Urs facilitated the review process and the formulation of the next three-year strategy (2011-2013). He provided methodological guidance on results-oriented approaches and ensured external quality control. The new Strategy was well received by donor governments. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Millennium Development Goals Progress Report of Switzerland

2010: Mandated by the Swiss Foreign Ministry, King Zollinger contributed to concept and drafting of the Swiss Federal Council 2010 MDG Progress Report.

MDG Progress ReportThis second progress report was prepared in preparation for the UN General Assembly Summit on the Millennium Development Goals that took place in New York in September 2010. Intended for the Swiss public at large, Swiss parliamentarians and members of the press, it uses specific examples to show how Switzerland, working with national and international partners, has contributed to the MDGs and what difference the country’s efforts are making. Contact: Urs Zollinger

 

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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

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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

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Managing Financial Contributions to Multilateral Organizations

2010: Urs Zollinger assisted the Swiss Government in rolling out a results-oriented planning and monitoring instrument.

In 2008/2009, Urs Zollinger developed an instrument for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to manage its financial contributions to core (regular) budgets of multilateral organizations in a results-oriented manner. In 2010, Urs supported the development of training materials, such as case studies and Q&A, and participated as resource person in workshops to introduce the new management instrument. SDC staff members are now using the tool to manage financial contributions to all major multilateral partner organizations. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Retreat for Board Representatives

2010: Urs Zollinger moderated the annual retreat for government officials representing Switzerland on the boards of multilateral development banks.

In December 2010, Urs Zollinger moderated - for the third time - the annual retreat of Swiss representatives on the boards of the World Bank and the African, Asian and Inter-American Development Banks as well as their headquarter-based counterparts. The two-day retreat was jointly organized by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It provided an opportunity to discuss global issues such as the post-financial crisis and the green economy and identify key priorities for 2011. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Delivering as One United Nations

2009: The UN Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) contracted Alison King to develop a standardized Delivering as One process Monitoring & Evaluation framework.

The primary intent of the standardized Delivering as One (DaO) process M&E framework is to guide the eight DaO pilot countries in developing their own country-specific M&E frameworks. The standardised log frame serves as a menu from which to prioritise based on a prior analysis of UN agencies’ common needs and capacities. Summarising the key elements of DaO, it serves to i) communicate the reform process and how the UN will deliver its contribution in future; and ii) allow the UN country team to track progress and adjust the focus of its reform activities. A follow-up assignment includes further elaboration of outcome indicators for measuring increased efficiency and effectiveness through common services and harmonised business practices. Contact: Alison King

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Moderating a Retreat for IFI Board Representatives

December 2009: Urs Zollinger moderated the annual retreat for government officials representing Switzerland on the boards of multilateral development banks.

For the second time since 2008, Urs Zollinger moderated an annual retreat for Swiss representatives on the boards of the World Bank and the African, Asian and Inter-American Development Banks as well as other Swiss government officials dealing with the multilateral development banks. The retreat was jointly organised by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It provided an opportunity to review 2009, discuss global challenges such as the financial crisis, and identify key priorities for 2010. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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SDC Annual Work Planning

2009: Urs Zollinger facilitated the 2009 mid-term review and 2010 work planning of the SDC Global Institutions Division.

In 2009, the Division responsible for global institutions within the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, asked King Zollinger to facilitate the assessment of activities and results achieved in 2009 and to support planning for 2010. As in earlier years, Urs Zollinger provided methodological guidance to the process and facilitated a mid-term review and a planning workshop. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Seminar on Sustainability and Globalization

January 2009: Urs Zollinger was co-responsible for a two-day seminar on sustainability and globalization as part of the University of Berne Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) on sustainable development.

For the second time since 2007, Urs Zollinger was co-responsible for the realization of a two-day seminar on sustainability and globalization as part of Certificate of Advanced Studies on Sustainable Development at the University of Berne. Using the 2008 food crisis as a case study, the seminar demonstrated the complex relationships between globalisation and sustainable development, and the way the international community responds to global challenges. Urs Zollinger was also responsible for evaluating the theses submitted by the participants. The certificate course will be repeated in 2011. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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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

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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

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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

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Managing Financial Contributions to Multilateral Organisations

2008: Urs Zollinger developed a methodology for SDC to manage – in a results-oriented manner – non-earmarked financial contributions to the regular budgets of multilateral organisations.

Managing for development results also applies to non-earmarked financial contributions made by donor governments to multilateral organisations. From a results-oriented point of view, this type of contribution poses a specific challenge, as it is difficult to attribute development results to the individual contributions. In 2008, Urs Zollinger developed a tool for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to manage non-earmarked financial contributions to core (regular) budgets of multilateral organisations in a results-oriented way. This will help improve the strategic management of Switzerland’s multilateral cooperation as well as enhance Switzerland’s accountability for its multilateral financing. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Demonstrating Local-level Solidarity with Developing Countries

2008: At the request of the Swiss Government, King Zollinger elaborated a series of good examples of local-level international solidarity.

In 2006/2007, King Zollinger explored the potential for closer involvement of Swiss cantons and towns in the efforts of the Government to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. In 2008, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE) asked us to elaborate a series of practical “good examples” illustrating how Swiss municipalities are successfully demonstrating solidarity with developing countries. Examples of international solidarity include social integration of migrants, responsible investment practices of public pension funds, sustainable energy, North-South cooperation on biodiversity, climate neutral mobility, investing 0.7% of communal budgets in support of the MDGs, and sustainable procurement of wood and paper-based products. For more information about the examples, visit the ARE website at www.are.admin.ch. Contact: Alison King

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Ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Host Countries

2008: King Zollinger supported the efforts of UNICEF Switzerland to reinforce the inter-governmental debate on the problem of FGM in host countries.

In 2008, the Swiss Committee for UNICEF asked King Zollinger to undertake rapid research into multilateral initiatives to tackle FGM in developed nations hosting migrants and refugees from countries that practice FGM. In particular, we identified those multilateral bodies that have deliberated the question of FGM in host countries. We also proposed potential tracks for reinforcing the inter-governmental debate within the United Nations as part of a larger coordinated strategy to protect girls from FGM. Contact: Alison King

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Making the case for Multilateral Development Cooperation

2008: In collaboration with UNICEF Switzerland, King Zollinger developed arguments in support of a strong Swiss engagement in international development policy and cooperation.

In 2008, a number of Swiss parliamentarians questioned the level of Swiss Official Development Assistance (ODA) and in particular the percentage of multilateral contributions. In support of a strong Swiss engagement in international development policy and cooperation, King Zollinger, in collaboration with the Swiss Committee for UNICEF, put forward a number of political, legal and moral arguments for increasing Swiss ODA and securing the multilateral share. The discussion paper was presented to members of Parliament during the run-up to a parliamentary debate during the second half of 2008. Subsequently, while Parliament decided to increase ODA to 0.5% of BDP by 2015, the multilateral share was reduced. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Facilitating a Work Planning Process

2008: Urs Zollinger facilitated the 2008 annual review and 2009 work planning of the SDC Global Institutions Division.

The Division responsible for global institutions within the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, asked King Zollinger to facilitate the assessment of activities and results achieved in 2008 and to support planning the implementation for 2009. Urs Zollinger provided methodological guidance to the process and facilitated a mid-term review and a planning workshop. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Designing a Logical Framework Matrix (Logframe)

2008: Urs Zollinger facilitated the development of a logframe matrix for the Government of Switzerland Strategy for the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict.

The Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked King Zollinger to facilitate the development of a logframe matrix for implementing the Government’s four-year Strategy for the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. Urs Zollinger was responsible for introducing the methodology and for facilitating a workshop with participants from different parts of the Federal administration. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Moderating a Retreat for Board Representatives

2008: Urs Zollinger moderated the annual retreat for Swiss representatives on the boards of multilateral development banks.

In December 2008, Urs Zollinger moderated a two-day annual retreat for Swiss representatives on the boards of the World Bank and the African, Asian and Inter-American Development Banks as well as other Swiss government officials dealing with the multilateral development banks. The retreat was jointly organised by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It provided an opportunity to review 2008, discuss global challenges such as the financial crisis, and identify key priorities for 2009. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Staff Training on the Functioning of the UN

2008: Urs Zollinger co-organised a one-day staff training on the functioning of the United Nations.

For the fourth time since 2005, King Zollinger co-organised with SDC a one-day staff training to familiarise participants with the role and functioning of the United Nations system. Participants also focused on the different types of interactions between the UN and its Member States. Organised primarily for SDC staff, the training was open to other parts of the Federal administration and partner organisations. Urs Zollinger contributed to the conceptual design of the training and was responsible for its moderation. Contact: Urs Zollinger

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Developing Strategic Recommendations for the UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace

In early 2007, the then UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Under-Secretary-General Adolf Ogi, initiated a process to develop recommendations for the future strategic focus of multilateral efforts for sport for development and peace. Urs Zollinger facilitated this process and - in close consultation with key actors and stakeholders in New York and Geneva - drafted recommendations for the attention of the new UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Based on these recommendations, he also provided advice on the future institutional set-up of the UN Special Adviser's office and support to the preparation of an annual Strategic Plan 2008. Contact:

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Developing a Funding Proposal for the UN Global Compact Office

Established in 2000, the UN Global Compact has grown into an international network involving the UN and more than 4,500 business participants and stakeholders from approximately 120 countries, leading to increasing demands and expectations. The rising profile of the UNGC has also invited greater scrutiny and expectations with respect to improved accountability and transparency. In 2007, King Zollinger was asked to support the UN Global Compact Office to devise a funding proposal to donor governments for the next 3-year phase that responds to these challenges. In close collaboration with the team in New York, Urs Zollinger suggested an outline for a new funding proposal, provided methodological guidance with regard to the definition of objectives, success indicators, activities and outputs. Particular attention was given to the setting of clear priorities, the allocation of financial resources and staff time to the achievement of the different objectives. Contact:

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Formulating a Youth & Development Policy

Today's generation of youth is the largest in human history. Young men and women aged 15 to 24 account for more than one billion people, 85% of whom live in developing countries. Through stronger involvement of youth in policy dialogue and decision-making and by investing more in the human capital of youth (e.g. health and education), developing countries now have the unique opportunity to massively reduce poverty. In 2007, Alison King helped to formulate a new SDC Youth Policy and drafted the manuscript. The implementation of the Policy - one of the first of its kind - aims at achieving three main goals: supporting young people in developing their potential, improving their living conditions, and giving them a greater voice in political decision-making processes. It is being implemented through SDC programmes and projects in developing and transition countries. Contact:

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Establishing a Foundation to Support the Millennium Development Goals

With King Zollinger providing advisory support, the Centre for the Millennium Development Goals (CMDG) was established in Basle at the end of 2006. Its two overarching goals are to raise awareness of the MDGs and the United Nations work on the MDGs on the one hand and to provide a platform for engaging civil society in a constructive dialogue around the MDGs and the UN on the other. In 2007, we continued to provide conceptual and strategic development policy advice to the start-up phase. The CMDG is supported by the former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan: "The work of the CMDG, I am confident, can have a significant multiplier effect and make a difference in reducing global poverty." Contact:

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Conducting Training on Sustainable Development and Globalization at the University of Berne

In June 2007, Urs Zollinger was co-responsible for the realization of a two-day seminar on sustainability and globalization as part of Certificate of Advanced Studies on Sustainable Development at the University of Berne. Urs Zollinger dedicated his main lecture to the topic "The Effects of Globalization on Sustainable Development and the Challenges to Global Governance". Moreover, working groups looked into different questions about globalization, among other things the question of global income distribution. Urs Zollinger was also responsible for evaluating the final papers submitted by the participants. The certificate course is being repeated in 2008/2009. Contact:

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Defining Future Arrangements for the Mountain Partnership Secretariat at FAO

Launched at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in 2002, the Mountain Partnership is a global alliance of governmental and non-governmental partners to support positive change in mountain areas. In March 2007, Urs Zollinger facilitated a two-day workshop in Rome, during which participants defined future arrangements for the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, based in FAO. The workshop followed an external evaluation of the Secretariat and brought together a number of different stakeholders, i.e. representatives from the Governments of Italy and Switzerland, UN agencies, research institutions and NGOs. It concluded successfully with a key decision for a more decentralised Secretariat and a clear road map for the next phase. Moving towards implementation, Urs Zollinger subsequently facilitated a second workshop in July for operationalizing the road map. Contact:

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Involving Civil Society in UNEP

In October 2007, Urs Zollinger facilitated a high-level UNEP workshop in Geneva. The purpose of the workshop was to gather inputs on how to strengthen the involvement of major civil society actors in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at governance and implementation levels. Contact:

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Organizing a United Nations Career Information and Networking Event

In December 2007, King Zollinger conceptualized a cinfo information and networking event for Swiss nationals interested in working with the United Nations. Urs Zollinger also moderated the event with around 60 participants and compiled key findings and tips for job applicants. Contact:

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2008 Annual Programme Planning of the FAO Right to Food Unit

In December 2007, King Zollinger was asked to facilitate the annual planning process of the Right to Food Unit at FAO in Rome. FAO was looking for "a facilitator from outside the organization with extensive experience in planning processes, experience with strategy development, and well acquainted with the donor as well as the UN perspectives of development work". Urs Zollinger prepared and managed a 2-day retreat, provided methodological support and prepared a retreat paper pulling together the elements developed during the retreat. Contact:

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Implementing United Nations Reform at Country Level

In the context of the ongoing UN reforms - and particularly the November 2006 High-level Panel Report on UN System-wide Coherence in the Areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance, and the Environment - King Zollinger was asked by the United Nations in December 2006 to help advance the One UN Initiative in Viet Nam that aims to enhance the coherence, effectiveness and efficiency of UN operational activities in that country. More specifically, in connection with preparations for establishing a unified UN Budget, we analysed the various funding modalities of the UN organizations in Viet Nam and conducted interviews with donors as to their interest in and capability of re-programming and providing additional funds in support of the One UN Initiative. Apart from their immediate importance for moving ahead in Viet Nam, our findings and process methodology can serve as a useful input into similar exercises in other parts of the world. Contact:

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Learning: United Nations for beginners and advanced

In 2007, King Zollinger was closely involved in organizing two training courses for SDC staff on multilateral development and the UN. Contact: Urs Zollinger. In May 2007, King Zollinger was asked to familiarize staff members of the Swiss Committee for UNICEF with the role and functioning of the UN system and the place of UNICEF therein. Contact:

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Development Strategy Summaries

In 2007, SDC elaborated a new combined Basic Education and Vocational Training Strategy designed to guide the work of both SDC staff and its close partners. In order to efficiently communicate the strategy's key ideas, King Zollinger was asked to present its salient points in a short English summary.

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Reviewing Strategic Partnerships at Country Level

In Vietnam, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has committed substantial non-earmarked funds for the work of UNDP in the areas of governance, social and economic transition, environment, and emerging national priorities in the period August 2004 to December 2008. At the beginning of 2006, DFID asked King Zollinger to undertake a review of the first year of the Strategic Partnership Initiative, and to make recommendations as to how implementation might be strengthened during year two. Work included interviewing key stakeholders within and outside UNDP and DFID, organizing a workshop towards the end of the mission to discuss the key findings, and producing a final report, the recommendations of which subsequently fed into the second joint DFID/UNDP Annual Review. Contact:

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Combating Child Trafficking

In 2006, we were asked by the Swiss Committee for UNICEF to help elaborate a discussion paper on the extent of the problem of child trafficking in Switzerland and at the global level, including a number of recommendations for action at the domestic and international level in terms of making child trafficking a higher priority. More specifically, King Zollinger was asked to research, analyse and include in the report key inter-governmental dimensions, including international obligations, of fighting the trafficking of children. The report can be purchased at the Swiss Committee for UNICEF.

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Elaborating a Swiss Strategy for Partnering with Major UN Funds and Programmes

In 2006, SDC asked King Zollinger to conceptualize and draft a Swiss strategy for partnering with UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNIFEM. Anchored in the MDGs, the wider discussion on aid effectiveness and the ongoing UN reforms, such an institutional strategy is expected to provide guidance to Swiss Government representatives dealing with the respective organizations, thereby ensuring focus, coherence and transparency in Swiss multilateral development. Contact:

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Elaborating Guidelines on Disaster Risk Reduction

In 2006, SDC asked us to support its efforts to elaborate institutional guidelines on disaster risk reduction. Apart from providing conceptual and general development policy advice, King Zollinger was responsible for incorporating multilateral dimensions. The SDC Guidelines on Disaster Risk Reduction were published in 2007. Subsequently, King Zollinger was also asked to summarize the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery of the World Bank. Contact:

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Capitalizing on Experiences in Integrating Human Rights into Development

In 2006, SDC published its new Human Rights Policy which adopts a human rights-based approach to development as a strategic orientation. SDC asked King Zollinger to help facilitate the implementation of this Policy by organizing a capitalization conference for its staff and close partner organizations. In September 2006, over 80 participants from all over the globe came together in Thun, Switzerland, to mutually learn from their manifold experiences in integrating human rights into development and applying a human rights-based approach. King Zollinger helped SDC develop a vision and a concept for the conference, manage the preparatory process, consult various stakeholders, design the conference methodology and programme, coordinate the event, and finalize the conference report, including recommendations for implementing the new Human Rights Policy. The results of the capitalization conference were published in 2007. Contact:

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Partnering with Business to Save Women's Lives

In 2005, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Office in Geneva launched an initiative to join hands with Swiss-based business to save women's lives. In 2006, King Zollinger continued to provide advice to the initiative in terms of refining and elaborating the outreach focus, strategies and tools. We also conducted a lessons learned exercise, contributed and conceptualized ideas, carried out research, established contacts with potential partners, and organized exploratory meetings. The Swiss Private Sector Initiative - apart from showing concrete promising partnership opportunities - helped UNFPA to learn what partnership-building with the private sector actually means in practice, including implications for the Fund's institutional set-up and functioning. Contact:

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Training and Moderation (2006)

On several occasions during 2006, King Zollinger was again invited to conceptualize and/or moderate trainings, workshops and other events on topics related to international development and the United Nations. As in earlier years, we were asked to facilitate the mid-term review and annual programme planning processes of the SDC United Nations Development Division. King Zollinger also further developed and moderated for the second time SDC staff training in the role and functioning of the UN. In addition, we helped design and moderate an inter-departmental seminar on Swiss official relationships with UNESCO. Towards the end of the year, King Zollinger was represented on the oikos Winter School faculty at the University of St. Gallen. Currently, we are designing a two-day seminar on sustainability and globalization as part of a University of Berne certificate course on sustainable development (26/27 June 2007). Contact:

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Switzerland's Contribution to Reaching the MDGs

In preparation for the 2005 World Summit of the United Nations General Assembly, King Zollinger was closely involved in reviewing the contribution of the Government of Switzerland to reaching the MDGs. One important aspect of this work was the drafting of the Swiss Federal Council report "Millennium Development Goals - Progress Report of Switzerland", which was published in May 2005. Towards the end of 2005, King Zollinger was also engaged in a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the outcome of the 2005 World Summit, with a particular focus on the feasibility and desirability of organizing an MDG campaign in Switzerland. Contact:

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Working for the United Nations

In 2004/2005, King Zollinger was asked on several occasions by cinfo and SDC to conceptualize and/or moderate workshops as well as speak to development experts interested in working with and for the United Nations. Contact:

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Children and Youth in Swiss Development Policy

Research and policy analysis undertaken by King Zollinger in 2005 led to the submission of a parliamentary request for the Swiss Government to increase the priority afforded in Swiss development policy and programming to children and youth in general and those affected by HIV/AIDS in particular, especially in Africa. Subsequently, the Swiss Federal Council committed itself to preparing an in-depth report on the role of children and youth in Swiss development policy and further scope for action. Contact:

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Corporate Responsibility in Education, Inter-Cultural Dialogue and Emergency Aid

In 2003/2004, King Zollinger was asked by Orange Communications to help the company identify potential partner organizations and advise them on possible projects in the areas of education and inter-cultural dialogue as part of the company's corporate responsibility programme. Contact: Alison King. In 2005, Deutsche Post benefited from our knowledge of the United Nations system for strengthening its partnership with the UN in the area of disaster preparedness and disaster response through logistical support. Contact:

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Shaping Partnerships with Business for Refugees in Need

In 2005, King Zollinger was asked by UNHCR to prepare a communication and information package for member companies of the UNHCR Council of Business Leaders suggesting why and how they can celebrate World Refugee Day with their employees worldwide. Contact:

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International Conference on Sport and Development

In December 2005, King Zollinger was responsible for reporting from the 2nd Magglingen Conference on Sport and Development. Contact:

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WFP Young Professionals Training

In 2004, King Zollinger was asked by WFP in Rom to evaluate and subsequently moderate its week-long introduction courses for new WFP Young Professionals. Contact: