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The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2012-2015 was launched in Papua New Guinea in 2012. It was signed by the Minister of National Planning, on behalf of the Government of Papua New Guinea and by the Resident Coordinator, on behalf of the United Nations System.
In formulating this Framework, the UN and the Government of Papua New Guinea have adopted a holistic approach to providing multi-faceted assistance as defined by the specific mandates of the UN agencies, funds and programmes represented in PNG. As a Country Team, the UN has defined where it has comparative advantages in providing technical assistance and direct support and how these advantages might best contribute to the national development vision and goals as outlined in the GoPNG’s Medium-Term Development Plan (MTDP) 2011-2015 and the Development Strategic Plan 2010-2030.
The UNDAF 2012-2015 is designed therefore not only to leverage the UN’s expertise, but also to create synergies for cooperation between the participating UN agencies.
The United Nations has a special contribution to make to the achievement of Papua New Guinea’s growth and development. This contribution is not primarily financial. It is as standard-setter, policy adviser, capacity developer, implementation supporter, coordination specialist, and catalyst for change. In response to the many challenges and opportunities facing the UN in PNG, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in PNG has pro-actively taken up the challenges of the UN Reform, resulting in new innovative approaches to programme and operational design and delivery.
In an effort to consolidate and focus further innovations at the country level, the UNCT has agreed to consolidate the reform with the ultimate objective to establish ‘One UN’ based on 5 components as reflected in the Joint UN Country Strategy:
UN Programme | UNDAF 2012-2015;
UN Operations | Harmonizing and aligning UN business practices;
UN Communications and Advocacy | Providing a joint UN communication framework;
UN Country Fund | Supported by an integrated UN resource mobilization strategy; and
UN Haus | creating single country presence of UN agencies.
The development and implementation of the 5 elements is supported by a results based management approach and change management activities in support of the ongoing transition of the agency based service delivery model towards the “integrated UN delivery model”.
The PNG UN Country Fund is governed by its Terms of Reference, which was revised in September 2012 and allows the UN System in PNG to move towards a single financing mechanism for development, with the majority of UN development funds being managed by the PNG UN Country Fund. The PNG UN Country Fund provides therefore a means for further consolidation of UN funding mechanisms in PNG and coherent mobilization, allocation and disbursement of donor resources in support of the five Delivering as One elements of the Joint UN Country Strategy. All additional resources mobilized through the joint UN resource mobilization efforts and an increasing amount of agency non-core/other resources will be managed through the PNG UN Country Fund. Agencies core/regular resources remain outside the PNG UN Country Fund.
The PNG UN Country 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.
Assistance StrategyThe PNG UN Country Fund is meant to streamline, simplify and increase harmonization and predictability of resources. A single report caters to donors reporting needs, rather than donors receiving multiple reports from different agencies. It is important that donors to the PNG UN Country Fund aspire to contribute early and as multi-year as possible to truly allow predictability and strategic decisions driven by the Joint UN Country Strategy development priorities and national strategies.
In order to minimize transaction costs for partners, the UN will strive to mobilize the required additional resources through joint resource mobilization efforts and a single report on development results from the UN. To enhance transparency of resource allocation and utilization, the resources mobilized will be clearly tied to the results for each reform element that the resources are meant to support. The allocations are based on Results Based Management principles, favoring programmes that have high delivery and manage to show results.
The additional resources mobilized will be allocated on the basis of results based allocation criteria. These allocations will follow the priorities as determined by the joint Government of PNG/UN Programme Steering Committee, based on the Medium and Long Term Development Strategies priorities, further reinforcing and demonstrating the UNs adherence to the Paris Declaration Principles and national ownership of the development agenda. The PNG UN Country Fund will further enhance the UNs ability to identify which resources are channeled to which result areas, reinforcing the UN capacity to identify its contribution and align with the national development priorities.
The PNG UN Country Fund offers two different funding windows. Each window has detailed results matrices underpinning the anticipated results and resource requirements of the results areas of that window. Window 1 reflects required resources, mobilized resources and the resource gap associated with the UNDAF 2012-2015, while Window 2 focuses on required resources, mobilized resources and the resource gap associated with the strategic support functions reinforcing the delivery of the UNDAF 2012-2015. This second window includes change management activities associated with the transition from the agency based model to the UN System based model.
The six key principles underlying the PNG UN Country Fund include:
GovernanceThe governance arrangements of the PNG UN Country Fund include the Government of PNG and the Participating UN Organizations/Agencies.
The following division of labour guides the governance process for the PNG UN Country Fund:
The management responsibilities are divided between the Resident Coordinator, the Government of PNG/UN Programme Steering Committee, and the UN Country Team.
The Resident Coordinator will be responsible for:
The Administrative Agent
The UNDP MPTF Office has been appointed the Administrative Agent of the PNG UN Country Fund. Its responsibilities include the receipt, administration and management of contributions from Donors; disbursement of such funds to the Participating UN Organizations in accordance with the approved programmatic documents; and provision of consolidated narrative and financial reports, in accordance with the MOU, on the PNG UN Country Fund to the Resident Coordinator for onward submission to the UNCT, Government of PNG/UN Programme Steering Committee and to each donor, based on reports of the Participating UN Organizations.
The allocation decision-making authority depends on the allocation type: outcome level allocation or output/annual deliverable level allocations:
The following base rules apply to the allocation process under the PNG UN Country Fund:
Additional information on the allocation process, including frequentcy and specific processes related to Window 1 and Window 2, is available in the PNG UN Budgetary Framework document.
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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