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Ms. Ramla Khalidi
Chief of Startegic Directions and Partnerships Section


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16/12- 16/12/2014
Technical Cooperation Network Meeting (back to back to the Ninth Meeting of the Technical Committee) - Amman

31/5- 31/5/2013
National Technical Cooperation Network Meeting - UAE

15/3- 15/3/2013
18th Regional Coordination Mechanism Meeting - Beirut

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"Evaluation is an assessment, as systematic and impartial as possible of any activity, project, programme, strategy, policy, topic, theme, sector, operational area, institutional performance etc. It focuses on expected and achieved accomplishments, examining the results chain, processes, contextual relevance, impact, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the interventions and contributions of the organizations  of the UN system. An evaluation should provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful, enabling the timely incorporation of findings, recommendations and lessons into the development of organizations of the UN system and its members." (UNEG Norms for Evaluation in the UN System, April 2005)

The evaluation function of ESCWA is located in the Strategic Directions and Partnerships Section. The Chief of the Section is responsible for implementing the Evaluation Policy and reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary who acts as the UNEG Head, and who reports to the Head of Office (the Executive Secretary). The evaluation function reports to the inter-governmental Commission Session on a biennial basis, providing a summary of key evaluations, a proposed plan for evaluations, and recommendations for future action.

A new Evaluation Policy was approved in July 2014.
Evaluation Planning
The evaluation function prepares a biennial work programme for evaluation which addresses timeliness of evaluations with a view to inform decision-making, identifies priority areas most in need of evaluation based on set criteria, and specifies necessary resources for evaluation. In addition to mandatory final evaluations of Development Account and extra-budgetary projects, the evaluation function evaluates each biennium selected subprogrammes and cross-cutting or thematic topics according to the priorities of the Regional Commission. The work programme is submitted to the Executive Secretary for approval.
Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance takes place at every stage in the planning, implementation and follow-up of evaluations and  is systematically controlled against UNEG norms and standards. Key tools used to ensure the quality in evaluations are the UNEG Quality Checklists for Terms of Reference, Inception Reports and final Evaluation Reports. 
Stakeholder Involvement
To enhance the validity and objectivity of the design and implementation of evaluations, ESCWA’s evaluation function makes every effort to identify and involve all relevant stakeholders in evaluations. ESCWA’s evaluation function also makes the effort to respect geographical and gender representation, and consults key stakeholders in the design and implementation of the evaluation process to clarify objectives and ensure ownership of results. Two modalities are employed to ensure greater engagement and inclusive participation: Steering Groups to include all primary stakeholders, and Reference Groups to include external experts on the subject of evaluation.
Evaluating as One – Working Together in the UN System         
ESCWA organizes its work in line with UNEG norms and standards and attends UNEG's annual meetings to keep abreast with the latest changes in evaluations in the UN system. In addition, ESCWA works closely with OIOS in the UN Secretariat to conduct biennial self-evaluations of the overall performance of its evaluation function (OIOS Evaluation Scorecard). It also collaborates with DESA on the evaluation of Development Account projects. 

Continuous Learning is one of the main objectives of evaluations at ESCWA. Evaluations contribute to an ESCWA-wide culture of continuous learning by distilling lessons learned, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and promoting diligence and creativity in addressing challenges.

ESCWA evaluations, regardless of their nature, solicit an explicit management response from the subprogramme or activity manager or the Executive Secretary. The management response outlines detailed remarks per recommendation made in the evaluation report, within one month of report submission; and a specific action plan which maps out the steps that will be taken to address any shortcomings related to objectives, modalities, and results of the evaluated activity.

The production of the action plan is coordinated by the evaluation function and agreed to by the Executive Secretary and the Director of the subprogramme or activity manager. Where the evaluation is of a subprogramme, the plan may form a Compact to be signed between the Executive Secretary and the Director of the subprogramme. In addition, and in coordination with the evaluation function, subprogramme managers produce yearly status reports on the implementation of the Compact action plan for sub-programme evaluations.

The evaluation function produces biennial reports on the findings of all evaluations, synthesizing findings and identifying institution-wide strengths and weaknesses to share with all ESCWA staff. These findings are taken into account by managers in the preparation of the Strategic framework, the programme budget, and the design of extra-budgetary projects and technical advisory services. The findings also inform the preparation and/or revision of the ESCWA Evaluation Work Plan.

- ESCWA Evaluation Policy
- Biennial/annual reports on evaluations  (2010, 2011 and 2012-2013)