The Provedoria for Human Rights and Justice (PDHJ) is the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) for Timor-Leste. The PDHJ is an Independent NHRI, which has a mandate to cover human rights, good governance and maladministration. It is empowered to review complaints, conduct investigations and forward recommendations to prevent or redress illegality or injustice to the competent organs.
The project under review – the UNDP/OHCHR Capacity Building for the PDHJ Project 2010 – aims to fulfil certain components of the UNDP’s engagement in Timor-Leste, including that by 2013 stronger democratic institutions and mechanisms for social cohesion will be consolidated.
The purpose of the present evaluation is for UNDP, PDHJ, the project team, other partners (such as OHCHR and civil society) and donors to learn what has been achieved at mid-term in relation to the three project outputs. The main activities undertaken by the evaluation team are those outlined in the Mid-Term Evaluation Terms of Reference (ToR), including a review of existing documentation, preparation of an Inception Report, consultations with beneficiaries and stakeholders, preliminary recommendations and briefing in-country, and draft and final evaluation report. The team experienced several limitations on its work, including the fact that many of the documents were in Tetum and limited time was available to have briefing sessions on the contents of the reports. Interpretation was not provided consistently throughout the mission. The team had limited access to government stakeholders, which was corrected after the first draft of this through additional interviews.