All evaluations of the United Nations system, including UNODC, are guided by the principles
of human rights, gender equality and leaving no one behind. Gender-sensitive evaluation methods and gender-sensitive data
collection techniques are therefore essential in order to identify key gender issues, address marginalized, hard-to-reach
and vulnerable populations, as well as to define strategies for developing appropriate data bases for better gender analysis
in future project planning.
UNODC Evaluation Policy and Handbook further require mainstreaming of gender in all evaluations
and in particular to consider to what extent UNODC's interventions have integrated a gender perspective and addressed
issues such as power relations and social transformation, equal inclusion and participation, as well as the empowerment of
In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, there is a potential risk when
conducting evaluations of bias against under-represented groups in the selection of respondents as a result of convenience
sampling due to travel restrictions and shifting institutional priorities. IES has therefore identified potential measures
that can be taken to mitigate these risks. This includes e.g. selecting respondents in an inclusive manner, disaggregating
data by individual characteristics and phasing out and adjust data collection planning in order to ensure that under-represented
groups will be included. The Guidance
Note for Managers and Evaluators during the COVID-19 crisis as developed by IES provides further guidance. Read more about
Evaluation and COVID-19.
IES maintains identified good practices for gender responsive evaluations at UNODC, having mainstreamed
gender equality in all evaluation processes, guidelines, templates and evaluation-based knowledge products.
This includes Evaluation
Gender Mainstreaming Guidance for Managers and Evaluators with
concrete actions to include gender in UNODC evaluations as well as ways to address identified challenges in implementing gender
related evaluation recommendations.
Moreover, IES has mainstreamed the assessment of UNODC's contribution to achieving
the SDGs as well as human rights and gender into the whole evaluation cycle - starting from the ToR with a gender
sensitive methodology when conducting an evaluation up to identifying recommendations, lessons learned and best practices
in relation to human rights, gender and the SDGs.
One further best practice is the hiring of gender experts for strategic evaluations,
including the In-depth Evaluation of the Global Maritime Programme (GMCP). The gender expert guides the evaluation team in
mainstreaming gender and human rights throughout the wole evaluation process, as well as reviews and revises IES' current
gender-related guidance to even further tailor such to difference audiences, ensuring that the guidance is useful to stakeholder
s and that all UNDOC evaluation reports are gender-responsive.
Moreover, there is an increase in gender-related recommendations from 2%
(2011-2014) to 15% (2017-2018). One example that can be highlighted is the evaluation of the Sustainable Livelihoods and Development
in Myanmar Sub-Programme, resulting in the recruitment of both a national and international gender experts for the Country
Programme. Another example is the evaluation of the Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing
of Terrorism (GPML) in 2017. As a direct consequence, GPML implemented the evaluation recommendation to further strengthen
gender equality in its work. This includes an event on Empowering Women Leader to share best practices in the international
Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism community. GPML further hired a gender expert to strengthen
gender mainstreaming, assess training materials and mentor activities and related workshops.
Gender parity has further been reached in the use of female
evaluators and gender experts for In-depth evaluations. Female representation in the evaluation process as key stakeholders
has also increased, due to systematic follow up to the recording of gender-disaggregated data as well as
outreach to female stakeholders.
Gender SWAP Evaluation Performance Indicators are further integrated in the annual
external independent quality assessments of all published UNODC evaluation reports, showing that Gender Equality
"met the requirements" in all UNODC evaluations. See more on the UN
System-wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP) on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.