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In January 2007, Albania was selected as one of eight countries around the world to pilot UN efforts to deliver as "One UN" following a request made by the Albanian Government to the United Nations.
Implementation of "One UN" at the country level has increased harmonization, efficiency and collaboration among UN agencies while maintaining their distinct focus and agenda. The goal of the One UN Programme in Albania is to enhance development results and impact by bringing together the comparative advantages of the UN system within a single strategic programme and to contribute to making a difference in the lives of Albanians.
The UN system has aligned its support to the European integration and development goals of Albania while complementing the assistance provided by other multilateral and bilateral development partners. Through the One UN Programme, in partnership with the Government and other development stakeholders in civil society and private sector, the UN system delivers focused and value-added results in development assistance as a harmonized organization with unity of purpose, coherence in management and efficiency in operations.
To accelerate the implementation of the One UN programme a One UN Coherence Fund is established. The joint development fund aims to maximize the effectiveness of the UN system delivery in Albania by pooling resources into a common fund to support Albania's strategic priorities.
To further accelerate coherence, efficiency and delivery at the country level, the One UN approach calls for un-earmarked commitments to a new, pooled instrument known as the 'Albania One UN Coherence Fund'. This joint development fund aims to maximize the effectiveness of United Nations system delivery in Albania by pooling resources into a common fund for top national strategic priorities, as defined by the One UN Programme.
The Albania One UN Coherence Fund is meant to streamline, simplify and increase harmonization and predictability of resources. Donors to the Coherence Fund are encouraged to contribute during the early stages of programme development and implementation and on a multi-year basis to the extent possible. This enhances predictability and helps ensure a strategic programme where funding decisions are driven by the highest national development priorities and strategies as contained in the One UN Programme.
The Albania One UN Coherence Fund is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in accordance with its financial regulations and rules.
The Albania One UN Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development (see below link to original document ) builds on the areas of intervention of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017-2021 agreed between the Government of Albania and participating UN Agencies. Following close consultations with the Government of Albania and other national and international stakeholders and building on priority areas of the UNDAF, it was agreed that under the One UN, impact and development effectiveness will be improved in the following areas:
In all four priority areas, the core principles of gender equality and development of national capacity are upheld and incorporated throughout the implementation process.
The One UN Programme is implemented in a collaborative manner under the strategic leadership of the Government of Albania and the UN Resident Coordinator. The UN Resident Coordinator provides leadership and coordination throughout the programming process as the One UN Leader. Prioritization of the funding allocation is determined jointly by the Government, the UN Resident Coordinator and the Participating UN Organizations through the Joint Executive Committee.
The Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development (PoCSD) 2017-2021 is nationally executed under the overall co-ordination of a Joint Executive Committee (JEC) chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and the UN Resident Coordinator. In order to ensure effective ownership over the Programme, the government authorities are involved at all levels of management structures.
UN Joint Executive Committee (JEC)
The Joint Executive Committee provides strategic guidance and oversight over the programme. The JEC is co-chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and the UN Resident Coordinator. The JEC meets once a year with the participation of Ministers, Prime Minister’s Office and UN Country Team members and reports to the GoA Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, the JEC will be convened on a regular basis under the leadership of the Director of the Department for Development, Financing and Foreign Aid (DDFFA) and the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC). Members are representatives from line Ministries, heads of the participating UN agencies, or authorized representatives. The JEC is responsible for reviewing and approving funding priorities, prioritizing and approving the allocation of resources mobilized through the One UN Coherence Fund and oversight of the Fund's management and operations. A set of Fund Allocation Criteria guide the JEC. The Government jointly with the Resident Coordinator, through the JEC makes the final decisions on fund allocation based upon a well documented rationale.
Outcome Groups (OGs) are mechanisms intended to contribute to specific PoCSD outcomes through coordinated and collaborative planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. They are defined at the strategic planning stage and are aligned to the PoCSD results matrix. They advise the JEC and UNCT, as appropriate, on opportunities and challenges linked to PoCSD implementation, specific programme management issues, and they coordinate training for staff and national partners. The OGs also support knowledge management initiatives and supply the Communications Team (see below) with results information. Outcome Groups are led by Ministers or designated representatives from the line-Ministries involved in the PoCSD and two Outcome Co-Chairs, who are Heads of Agencies and members of the UNCT. The Outcome Groups are comprised by UN Output Working Groups with the participation of the development partners that contribute to the specific outcome.). There are four OGs under this PoCSD (2017-2021).
Resident UN Coordinator (RC) and UN Country Team (UNCT)
The RC provides strategic leadership and coordination throughout the programming process as the One UN Leader. The RC jointly with Government as a member of the JEC reviews strategic annual work plans and approves fund priorities and ultimately makes decisions on the fund allocation. The UNCT, chaired by the Resident Coordinator, functions in a collegial and participatory manner. In the context of the One UN Programme and envisaged UN reforms, the UNCT engages in dialogue on reform and development priorities for Albania. The UNCT has designated substantive leadership to agencies for each of the One UN Programme outcome and thematic areas.
Administrative Agent (AA)
The UNDP Partner-Donor Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) has been appointed the Administrative Agent (AA) of the Albania One UN Coherence Fund. The AA's functions include receipt, administration and management of contributions from Donors; disbursement of such funds to the Participating UN Organizations in accordance with the approved Annual Work Plans/Programmatic Documents; provision of consolidated narrative and financial reports, in accordance with the MOU, on the Albania One UN Coherence Fund Account to the Resident Coordinator based on reports of the Participating UN Organizations. Some of the AA functions have been delegated to the UNDP Country Director in the country.
Output Working Groups (OWGs)
Output Working Groups (OWGs) are a key mechanism to support the work of the Outcome Groups. OWGs are technical committees comprised of representatives of Implementing Partners, including partners from civil society, and UN Agencies responsible for the achievement of one or more specific outputs that contribute to outcomes in the PoCSD. The OWG are organized around the outputs defined in the rolling Outcome-tied JWPs. The OWG is co-chaired by technical experts from the GoA and the UN. The UN chair is proposed by the UN members of the OWG and elected by the Outcome Groups for a term of one year. They are expected to provide technical support to the Outcome Co-Chairs. The Outcome chair’s agency provides secretariat support for the year.
Implementing Partners such as NGOs involved in the Common Operational Document will have access to the Albania One UN Coherence Fund through the Participating UN Organizations. The Participating UN Organizations will utilize their standard NGO cooperation modalities for this purpose and charge the corresponding direct and indirect costs to the Albania One UN Coherence Fund on the basis of its financial regulations and rules.
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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For Policy and Programme Issues
United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office, UNDP Country Office, "Skenderbej" Str. (Volkswagen Building), 2nd Floor, Tirana, Albania
Tel.: + 355 4 2250205; 4 2250224; 4 2250234; Fax: + 355 4 2250286; 4 2250 289
Administrative Agent Issues
UNDP Country Office, “Skenderbej” Str. (Volkswagen Building), 2nd Floor, Tirana, Albania
Tel.: + 355 4 2250205; 4 2250224; 4 2250234; Fax: + 355 4 2250286; 4 2250 289
Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau for Management Services, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;