Evaluation of the UNFPA Eighth Country Program for Syria (2016-2018) – Syrian Arab Republic
UNFPA CPE: SYRIA
8TH COUNTRY PROGRAM 2016-2018
Objective, reach and target audience: This report is an independent external evaluation and presents the process, findings, conclusions and recommendations of UNFPA’s work in Syria under the 8th Country Program Document (CPD) during the period 2016-2020. The objective of the Country Program Evaluation (CPE) was to assess the achievement of the expected results of the program, by providing credible information on relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, coordination, coverage and connectivity of the country program to support decision making by the program. management and national counterparts for program improvement and strategic positioning with respect to the new country program. Specifically, the CPE aimed to assess the relevance of the program and the progress made in achieving outputs and outcomes against what was planned (effectiveness) in the country program implementation plan, as well as the ‘effectiveness of interventions and sustainability of effects; assess the alignment of the CPAP (or other similar documents used in the BP) with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the role of the UNFPA country office as an active contributor the United Nations country team coordination mechanism; Given that interventions during the current CP took place largely in a humanitarian context, the evaluation would also seek to assess the “connectivity” and “coverage” of the CP; and document, using a simple guidance note, good practices and / or suggestions on how to conduct a country program evaluation in similar contexts.
The scope of the EPP covers the work and activities of UNFPA and those implemented by its partners (governmental and non-governmental organizations) in Syria under the 8th Country Program during the period 2016 to 2020. Thematically, the evaluation covers the four thematic areas. in which UNFPA worked during the reporting period, namely sexual and reproductive health (SRH); Gender equality and empowerment of women; Adolescents and Youth, and Population and Development (P&D). The primary audience and users of the assessment are the UNFPA Syria Country Office (CO), UNFPA implementing partners, government partners, including relevant government ministries and departments. the Syrian Arab Republic, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and donors operating in Syria.
The 8th country program: The 8th Country Program (CP) for Syria was developed in accordance with national development priorities and the United Nations Strategic Framework 2016-2017, while taking into account the evolving situation in the country. Its objective was (a) to improve access to high quality reproductive health care (b) to intensify prevention and response to gender-based violence; and (c) support capacities to collect and use data disaggregated by sex and age to tailor response and recovery programs. The country program integrated the delivery of services and information on reproductive health and gender-based violence through support to partners to operate mobile teams, medical points, health centers and hospitals, and spaces. suitable for women and young people. The country program incorporated youth targeting as well as population and development areas of concern, particularly for early recovery, and evidence for programming and monitoring in humanitarian contexts into both results.