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Toward Unity in Action Programme Fund Main Documents
The United Nations – Republic of Moldova Partnership Framework 2013-2017 “Towards Unity in Action” expresses the collective determination of the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the UN to work together to address major national development challenges and meet international human rights commitments. An Action Plan, signed in December 2012, articulates how these commitments will be implemented. Responding to a request from the Government, it advances UN reform through greater unity in UN action. By joining its forces, the UN endeavours to increase the impact of its work and to create a common platform for the Government to access the expertise across the UN System, including that of non-resident agencies.
Pillar 1 of the Partnership Framework refers to democratic governance, justice, equality and human rights. It supports accomplishment of in-depth reforms to create an efficient, functional and sustainable framework of the state; better performance of public institutions; and strengthened rule of law and human rights protection mechanisms. Outcome 1.3 specifically supports the effective promotion and protection of human rights, gender equality and non-discrimination, with particular attention to marginalized and vulnerable groups.
The MDTF complements other resources available to the country and is designed specifically to support the activities agreed by the Government and the UN as outlined in Pillar 1, Outcome 1.3 of the Partnership Framework. Initially, the MDTF is articulated around this thematic window and offers the flexibility to expand to additional thematic windows according to expressions of interest by more than one agency.
The overall objectives of the UN cooperation with the Government of Moldova for the period 2013-2017 are to provide support for building regulatory and institutional capacity and conditions for good governance: promote UN values and democracy; ensure equity through development of national capacity for social service delivery and inclusive development opportunities; and ensure sustainable management of the environment while adapting to climate change and managing risks from disasters. It encompasses the shared values of the UN while respecting the desire of the government and UN agencies to work cohesively and also recognizing the distinct mandate and value added of each agency.
Oversight of the One UN Fund is embedded in the overall oversight structure for the United Nations – Republic of Moldova Partnership Framework, namely high level oversight in the framework of the Joint Partnership Council as the key national mechanism for monitoring of strategic plans and external assistance.
Steering Committee - The MDTF Steering Committee is co-chaired by the State Chancellery as national coordinating authority of the UN-Moldova Partnership Framework and the UN Resident Coordinator, and includes the Participating UN Organizations. The Steering Committee oversees and approves the attribution of available funds according to the priority areas as identified in the UN – Republic of Moldova Partnership Framework and its Action Plan.
MDTF Board - Under the coordination of the UN Resident Coordinator, the UN Country Team reviews programme proposals submitted by the Participating UN Organizations, ensuring eligibility criteria are met, and advises on the allocation of un-earmarked funding to selected programme proposals – all within the areas approved by the Steering Committee. The UN Country Team shares the responsibility for mobilizing resources for the MDTF where this is possible to strengthen the coherence of the UN’s collective efforts.
Programme and Project Planning and Implementation - The Participating UN Organizations will be responsible for the implementation of the specific projects and joint programmes. They will assume full programmatic and financial accountability for the funds transferred to them by the Administrative Agent. The Participating UN Organizations will issue the narrative annual and final reports (and other reports if agreed by the Steering Committee). As with all programmes supported by the United Nations, projects and programmes will be implemented with the active involvement of relevant line ministries, civil society and other relevant partners.
Administrative Agent - The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) serves as the Administrative Agent (AA). The AA is responsible for receiving, administering and managing contributions from donors; disbursing funds to Implementing Partners; consolidating annual and final financial reports; and transmitting annual/final consolidated reports to donors through the Steering Committee.
Criteria for Allocation of Funds
Allocation of MDTF resources are made based on the following criteria:
i. Reduced administrative costs: If an agreement has already been reached between the Government, the donor and participating UN agencies on a particular intervention under one of the fund’s windows, the Steering Committee will encourage the channelling of these funds through the MDTF.
ii. UN Coherence: Agency-specific projects and joint programme are eligible for funding only if they contribute to the UN-Moldova Partnership.
iii. Justification: Project or joint programme concept notes detail the justification for the project or programme, its objectives, outcomes, key indicators and activities.
iv. Performance: Track record in implementation on the particular programmatic area.
v. Readiness: The programme or project is ready to start with implementation structure in place. Most of the activities that require funding will be delivered within a year following the disbursement.
vi. Predictability: The projects or joint programmes that request resources from the MDTF are either reflected in the annually updated One Budgetary Framework, or address an emerging priority in the area of human rights, gender equality and non-discrimination.
vii. Impact: The project or programme is expected to have a significant impact in the area of human rights, gender equality and non-discrimination, and to leverage progress for other human rights interventions.
viii. Relevance: Results Framework in line with the United Nations – Republic of Moldova Partnership Framework 2013-2017 “Towards Unity in Action”, and, a monitoring and evaluation plan.
 The UN Country Team in Moldova consists of: FAO, IFAD, ILO, IOM, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women, and WHO; World Bank and IMF; and UNESCO as non-resident agency. Other non-resident agencies participating in the Action Plan are IAEA, ITC, UNCITRAL, UNCTAD, UNECE, UNEP, UNIDO and UNODC.
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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