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The UN WOMEN, ILO, IOM, OCHA, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHABITAT, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNODC and WHO have established a Joint Programme entitled "Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Kenya" (JP GEWE).
This Joint Programme represents an important landmark in enhancing the UN’s coherence and cohesiveness in Kenya. It brings together 14 United Nations Organizations under one programmatic framework, underscores the UN’s commitment to “Delivering as One” and provides for a strong platform to better serve the needs of Kenya in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The foundations to the initiation of the programme lie in the development process of the Kenya United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2008-2013), which identified “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” as one of the key issues that would benefit from strengthened UN coordination and joint support.
While anchored in the reform process of “Delivering as One”, this Joint Programme is fully aligned to national priorities for the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment, the bases of which are described in Kenya’s Constitution, its Development Blueprint, Vision 2030 and Medium Term Plan (2008 – 2012), the National Gender and Development Policy (2000) and its Action Plan (2008-2012), Sessional paper No. 2 of May 2006 on Gender Equality and Development, Agenda item 4 of the National Accord and Reconciliation Agreement, the Millennium Development Goals and national partners strategic plans.
Duration: 01 September 2009 – 31 December 2013
Overall Budget: 56,546,373
Funded (parallel): 28,493,372
Pass-through funds: tbc
This Joint Programme aims to contribute to national objectives, as described in the above documents within five inter-related strategic priority areas and related outputs:
Strategic Priority Area 1: Gender Mainstreaming:
Strategic Priority Area 2: Gender Based Violence
Strategic Priority Area 3: Gender and Governance
Strategic Priority Area 4: Economic Empowerment
Strategic Priority Area 5: Coordination and “Delivering-as-One”
The United Nation’s main national partner in the planning, implementation and M&E of the Joint Programme is the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development, in close collaboration with the Ministry of State for Planning National Development and Vision 2030. The UN also works with other relevant line Ministries, CSOs, the private sector and relevant sub-national institutions throughout the implementation of the UN JP GEWE.
The JP GEWE applies the parallel and pass-through funding modalities. UN Women is the Coordinating UN Agency. The JP is implemented jointly by the Participating UN Organizations (PUNOs). The programmatic and financial accountability rests with the PUNO’s, which manage their respective components of the JP.
A UN Programme Working Group on Gender (UNPWG) was formed by all PUNO’s to the JP GEWE in Kenya. The UNPWG designs, implements and reports on the JP GEWE. The UNPWG is divided into five technical (Output) teams, convened by PUNO’s as follows:
Lead organizations are primarily responsible for coordinating the provision and/or facilitation of technical support in the assigned area.
A Core Management Team (CMT), chaired and coordinated by UN Women with membership from Lead Organizations, consolidates inputs from Output Teams and ensures implementation, oversight and monitoring of the JP GEWE. The CMT identifies gaps and determines priorities for UN action on Gender, based on discussions in the UNPWG and Output Teams, briefs and follows up on recommendations made by the UNCT, which has the overall responsibility for ensuring the accountability and harmonization of the JP GEWE.
Administrative Agent (AA)
Funding for the Joint Programme utilizes a pass-through funding mechanism. Under this modality, PUNOs agree to channel funds for the Joint Programme through the Administrative Agent. The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MDTF Office) of the UNDP serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the JP GEWE.
The UNCT approves work plans and budgets as well as any substantive or financial issues pertaining to implementation of the JP GEWE in Kenya. Decision-making is made by consensus.
The UNPWG and Output Teams develop annual work plans and budgets, which are presented to the UNCT through the CMT. The CMT briefs/follows up on decisions/recommendations made by the UNCT and involves the UNPWG and Output Teams therein.
The AA is responsible for concluding the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Participating UN Organizations and Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with Donor(s), as well as for the receipt, administration, and management of contributions from donors; disbursement of funds to the PUNOs, as well as the consolidation of financial and annual progress reports produced by each of the PUNOs and Participating non-UN Organizations and the transmission of these reports to the UNCT for onward submission to the Donor(s).
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.
Funds with Administrative Agent
Funds with Participating Organizations
Administrative Agent issues in the country of the JP:
Administrative Agent issues in New York:
Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990