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UNV Nepal's Annual Retreat and Learning Session

UNV Field Unit Nepal held its annual retreat and learning session for its national and international UN Volunteers in Nepal from September 23-24. More than 15 volunteers serving in different UN agencies and government offices gathered at Godavari Village Resort.  


On the first day, after the opening, Swiss UN Volunteer Quintin Chou, who serves with UNRCDP gave a presentation on Results Based Management (RBM). He explained why it is important to plan and carry out a project focusing on the results and also presented the overview of Objective Oriented Project Planning Framework. After his presentation, Sujeeta Bajracharya from UNDP M&E Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness Unit took over to give an insight into monitoring and evaluation tools and techniques. For a practical exercise, UN Volunteers were divided into three groups and worked on real and running projects presented by UN Volunteers serving at UNHCR, WFP and UNICEF. The groups formulated a problem tree, starting with a problem analysis. They continued to set objectives for the problems. Finally, Sujeeta explained the use of indicators for good M&E and the learning exercise finished with indicator setting for the objectives. Each group gave a short presentation introducing their project and what they had discussed in their groups.



At the end of the day, we welcomed Shoko Noda, UNDP Country Director. After a round of introductions, Shoko outlined her career path with the UN and gave an incredible insight to the hardships, challenges and benefits of working with the UN in different countries and contexts.


As Nepal’s UN Volunteers are serving in different organizations in Damak and Kathmandu, the rest of the evening was dedicated to socializing and the exchange of experience.


On the second day, we welcomed Binda Magar, wo works as Gender Programme Specialist with UNDP. During a session on gender mainstreaming, she presented the basic concepts of gender mainstreaming let the UN Volunteers explore the difference between gender mainstreaming and gender integration. To use our new skills, the UN Volunteers then analyzed a variety of documents related to one major UNDP project and analyzed how the project dealt with gender equality in various aspects of its implementation. This session gave us an opportunity to look at a project from a new perspective and the lessons learnt will help us consider how we can mainstream gender into our work.