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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Food Programme (WFP), have established a Joint Programme entitled “Support to the Humanitarian Response following the El Niño 2015/2016 in Lesotho”.
The joint programme encompasses a holistic package of humanitarian interventions to address the consequences of the El Nino drought in Lesotho. FAO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP are implementing complementary activities that respond to humanitarian needs in the food security and agriculture (i), WASH (ii), protection (iv) and coordination (iv) sectors. The joint programme follows a rights-based approach that considers the rights and needs of the population in a comprehensive way to cover multiple aspects of the droughts impacts. The Joint programme focuses on:
The joint programme targets nine districts in Lesotho and aims to enhance livelihood security of drought-affected households through a multi-sectorial response. The joint programme will undertake the following activities:
The joint programme is managed using a pass-through funding modality. The programmatic and financial accountability rests with the participating UN organisations, which manage their respective components of the joint programme. The establishment of the Joint Steering Committee will ensure that activities of the organisations are coordinated and that humanitarian action is Lesotho is principled, timely, effective and efficient, and contribute to longer-term recovery.
The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the Administrative Agent (AA) of the Joint Programme Support to the Humanitarian Response following the El Niño 2015/2016 in Lesotho. The AA is responsible for concluding Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donors and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Participating UN Organisations. In addition it is responsible for the receipt, administration, and management of contributions from donors; disbursement of funds to the Participating UN Organisations; and consolidation of financial reports produced by each of the Participating UN Organisations and Participating Non-UN Organisations.
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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Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau for Management Services, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990