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Task Force on Gender Mainstreaming in Programming, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting in Results-based Management Systems


Introduction

The Task Force on Gender Mainstreaming in Programming, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting in Results-based Management Systems was created by the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) at its Third Session held in New York on 23-26 February 2004. The establishment of the task force was one of the recommendations of the Workshop on Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective in Evaluation, Monitoring and Programme Reporting, held during the third session of the IANWGE.


Terms of Reference

These are based on the recommendations of the above Workshop, and recommendations in the final report of the former IANGWE task force on gender mainstreaming in programme budgets. The goal and objectives of the task force have also been developed taking into account Resolution 2004/4 entitled Review of Economic and Social Council agreed conclusions 1997/2 on mainstreaming the gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system, and Resolution 58/269 entitled Strengthening of the United Nations: an agenda for further change, adopted by the General Assembly concerning agenda item 59, on 3 March 2004 at its 58th session.


Goal

Strengthen gender mainstreaming in the programming, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of UN system entities.


Objectives

  • Promote strategic partnerships between units responsible for oversight and for gender mainstreaming

  • Promote development and sharing of tools as well as training for mainstreaming gender into monitoring and evaluation processes among task force members and entities of the UN system

  • Highlight the ways quantitative and qualitative indicators that are gender-sensitive have been developed, evaluated and monitored among task force members and entities of the UN system

  • Demonstrate the linkage between gender mainstreaming and the success of programmes through hard data in order to strengthen the gender dimension in corporate programming, monitoring and evaluation processes

  • Encourage replication of good practices and sharing of lessons learned in integrating gender in existing evaluation, monitoring and programme reporting

Possible Activities

  1. Prepare a bibliography of UN system tools, policies and strategies focused on gender mainstreaming in programming, monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  2. Through a survey of task members and other UN entities, map to what extent gender is integrated into programming, monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  3. Collect good practices and lessons learned of existing gender-sensitive programming, monitoring, evaluation and reporting formats from task force members, UN entities and others

  4. Map the ways quantitative and qualitative indicators that are gender-sensitive have been developed and used in programming, monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  5. Develop guidelines for gender mainstreaming in programming, monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  6. Prepare a short paper on how to make evaluation and monitoring processes more gender-sensitive in UN system entities

  7. Design user-friendly tools and training material for staff responsible for oversight functions

  8. Identify groups within the UN system such as the UN Evaluation Group, and other processes such as Millennium Development Goals or efforts to respond to the HIV and AIDS crisis, to which the task force can make practical contributions or enter into exchange about gender-sensitive programming, monitoring, evaluation and reporting

Membership and Method of Work

The task force, whose managers are the International Labour Office (ILO) and the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), includes the following members: OSAGI, DAW, IANWGE, UN-HABITAT, UNHCR, WHO, UNIFEM , ECA, ESCAP, UNFPA, FAO, INSTRAW, UNESCO and DESA/STAT.

An email listing of members will be used for consultation and information sharing. Depending on cost implications, New York-based members may meet periodically with teleconferencing for European-based and other members.


Contact

Evy Messell
Director, ILO Bureau for Gender Equality
ILO, 4 route des Morillons
1211 Geneva, Switzerland
messell@ilo.org

Christa Lex
Programme Management Officer
Monitoring, Evaluation and Consulting Division
OIOS, United Nations, Room DC1-721
New York NY 10017
United States
lex@un.org


   
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