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Start date: 1 January 2012
End date: 31 December 2014
JP Sudan Refugees - Reports
Standard Administrative Arrangement
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) have established a Joint Programme using a pass-through modality, entitled “UNDP/UNHCR Transitional Solutions Initiative Joint Programme for Refugees and their Host Communities, Eastern Sudan (TSI-JP)”.
The Transitional Solutions Initiative (TSI) provides a framework for transitioning displacement situations to durable solutions. As a partnership between humanitarian and development actors the TSI prioritizes effective inter-agency partnerships, with specially tailored area-specific interventions to increase self-reliance. Projects are designed to benefit the host populations as well as the displaced, and have a strong component of national ownership and capacity building of local government; without which sustainable solutions would be impossible.
The Joint UNDP/UNHCR Programme Phase 1 will target the refugee camps of Um Gargour in Fashaga Locality in Gedaref State, and Girba and Kilo 26 within Girba Locality in Kassala State. Through comprehensive interventions within the areas of vocational training and business skills, basic services, protection, rural livelihoods, microfinance, environment and gender and social cohesion the programme aims to enhance self-reliance, reduce aid dependency and assist the socio-economic integration of both refugees and host communities by restoring and expanding sustainable livelihoods opportunities.
The Joint Programme has the following outputs:
Output 1: Vocational capacities and business skills enhanced
Output 2: Community access to Basic social services (Health, Education and Water and sanitation)
Output 3: Protection services and legal support strengthened
Output 4: Rural Livelihoods opportunities for Refugees and Host Communities Diversified and improved
Output 5: Access to Microfinance Services Enhanced
Output 6: Capacities for Environment management and energy conservation are developed
Output 7: Promote women empowerment, peaceful coexistence and Social Cohesion
Output 8: Institutional capacity building for decentralized governance (UNDP)
The joint programme has adopted the following definition of self-reliance: developing and strengthening the livelihoods of persons of concern, and reducing their vulnerability and long-term reliance on humanitarian assistance. Moreover, the Multi-year Self-reliance Project for Long-staying Refugees in East Sudan makes specific reference to the requirement for communities in refugee camps to reach a sufficient level of self-reliance to allow for the transformation of eight out of the twelve open camps into self-sufficient settlements. This calls for a dual focus on empowering communities in and around refugee camps and creating an enabling environment for them to be fully self-reliant.
The main innovation in the TSI programming in Sudan will be manifest by the following:
l Producing wider impact at local level, with a large number of direct and indirect beneficiaries;
l Influence on local and national policy and strategies early on with respect to refugee/IDP programming in the country;
l Being consistently disaster /conflict-risk sensitive both at activity and policy level.
l Possibility of all livelihoods/economic recovery interventions being scaled up in similar crisis or post crisis environments for other TSI countries;
l Partnership building within and outside the UN including government; and
l Focus on women’s economic empowerment in particular access to finance, access to markets, appropriate domestic energy technologies, and women leadership
Joint Programme Board
The programme is implemented jointly by UNHCR and UNDP. A Joint Programme Board consists of UNDP/UNHCR, MIC (Ministry of International Cooperation) representative, COR (Commissioner of Refugees), Department of Planning in Kassala and Gedaref and Donors’ Representative. Two members could be co-chairs: usually UNRC (if relevant) and representative from the Government. The main role of the Joint Programme board is to provide oversight and quality assurance and approve annual work plans and resource allocation.
The Joint Programme Board decides on resource allocation and submits instructions to the Administrative Agent for disbursement of fund, based on its approval. The Programme Board plays a critical role in programme evaluations by quality assuring the evaluation process and products, and using evaluations for performance improvement, accountability and learning. The Joint Programme reviews by this group are made at designated decision points during the running of the programme, or as necessary. The Joint Programme Board will be based in Khartoum.
The Technical group is formed at the implementation level to ensure delivery of results as described in the annual work plan. It is also to ensure coordination and synergy between the two states. The Technical steering committee includes states representatives of (UNDP, UNHCR, CoR, Department of Planning-Ministry of Finance-Kassala State and Department of Planning-Ministry of Finance-Gedaref). The TSC will be based in Kassala and Gedaref interchangeably. The secretariat of the TSC is the Programme Manager.
The Programme Manager
The international Programme Manager is responsible for the management of the programme, coordination between the two agencies for this purpose and is also reporting on the joint implementation of the programme. The Programme Manager has the authority to run the programme on a day-to-day basis on behalf of UNDP and UNHCR within the constraints lay down by the Programme Board. The Programme Manager is recruited by and reports to the Program Board.
The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the Joint Programme. The AA is responsible for concluding Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donors and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Participating 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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