New York, 20 June 2013: Executive Board considers oversight and evaluation of UNICEF’s policies and programmes
On the third day of its 2013 annual session, the UNICEF Executive Board reviewed the annual report on the evaluation function, considered the revised evaluation policy of UNICEF and discussed a synthesis report on evaluating humanitarian action, as well as the annual report of the Office of Internal Audit to the Executive Board.
NEW YORK, United States of America, 20 June 2013 – Evaluation, audit and oversight matters were the focus of the third day of the UNICEF Executive Board’s 2013 annual session.
Better evaluation leads to better results for children around the world
Director of the UNICEF Evaluation Office Colin Kirk presented the annual report on the evaluation function and major evaluations. “Evaluation by UNICEF is ultimately intended to support better performance by UNICEF and better results for children around the world,” he said. “Evaluation helps UNICEF learn systematically from experience and provides a mechanism supporting accountability and transparency.”
The Executive Board learned about the performance of UNICEF’s evaluation function in 2012, reviewed trends over recent years and commented on the report’s findings. The report concluded that UNICEF needed to increase the number of evaluations being conducted as well as the topical coverage, particularly for impact and summative evaluations. The report also noted that UNICEF continues to invest heavily in national evaluation capacity development and that the organization has successfully instituted a culture in which management responses to evaluation are routinely provided.
Another focus at today’s session was the evaluation of UNICEF’s humanitarian work.
Over the past six years, UNICEF has responded to an average of over 250 humanitarian situations annually, with the caseload for humanitarian action growing. The increase in emergency response has challenged UNICEF’s capabilities and those of the entire humanitarian system, Mr. Kirk said.
The Executive Board reviewed and commented on a synthesis of evaluations of UNICEF’s humanitarian work and discussed how to improve the evaluation of humanitarian action, at global and country levels. Also addressed was how to better link humanitarian response with development programmes aimed to build resilience and promote rapid recovery and transitions, especially in the aftermath of conflicts and natural disasters and in fragile states.
Director of UNICEF’s Office of Emergency Programmes Ted Chaiban briefed the Executive Board on the role of evaluation in UNICEF’s response to emergencies. He noted that UNICEF relies on a range of knowledge sources to help prepare for emergencies and respond to them in ever-better ways. “Evaluation forms one critical pillar,” said Mr. Chaiban.
The annual session concludes tomorrow with presentations on harnessing knowledge to achieve results for children, the report of the Ethics Office, and the field visits by members of the Executive Board, as well as an address by the Chairperson of the UNICEF Global Staff Association. Following the adoption of draft decisions, concluding the work of the Executive Board, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and the Executive Board President, H.E. Mr. Jarmo Viinanen, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations, will make their closing statements before the session draws to a close.