Overview About MPTF Office



Established in 2003 and housed within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) facilitates UN coherence and

development effectiveness in addressing multifaceted issues—such as humanitarian crises, peacebuilding, recovery and development—and engages in collaborative

international efforts on pandemics, climate change and biodiversity conservation.


These complex challenges demand the combined expertise and resources of multiple development partners. The MPTF Office assists the UN system and national governments

in establishing and administering pooled financing mechanisms—multi-donor trust funds and joint programmes—to collect and allocate funding from a diversity of

financial contributors to a wide range of implementing entities in a coordinated manner. These funding mechanisms build on the principles of the aid effectiveness agenda,

which calls for country-driven, coherent, timely, flexible and result-oriented assistance.


UN and national pooled funding mechanisms do not follow a rigid template or provide a one-size-fits-all solution; programming priorities drive the selection of funding

sources and governance, implementing and fiduciary arrangements. Implementation is similarly flexible and may involve UN agency, mixed or national execution—with an

emphasis on using countries’ own public financial management systems to channel funds, an objective increasingly integrated into multi-donor funds, particularly in

transition contexts.


The MPTF Office supports development effectiveness and UN coherence

through the efficient, accountable and transparent design and administration

of innovative pooled financing instruments”


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Financing Development Together


Role & Responsibility

Roles and Responsibilities

UNDP has two distinct roles in MDTFs and JPs. UNDP serves as an AA, exercising fund-management responsibilities. At the same time, it also acts as a PO, implementing approved activities using MDTF and JP resources in line with its development mandate and practice areas.

To avoid any real or perceived conflict of interest between its fund-management and programmatic roles, UNDP has taken measures to firewall its MPTF Office AA and PO functions.

The accountability for UNDP’s function when it is selected as AA has been delegated to the Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office, who reports to the Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of Management. This is detailed in UNDP’s Accountability when acting as Administrative Agent in MPTFs and/or UN Joint Programmes using the pass-through fund management modality. The MPTF Office performs the AA functions in accordance with the UNDG Protocol on the Administrative Agent for MPTFs and JPs, and One UN Funds.

On behalf of the POs, and in accordance with the UNDG AA Protocol, the MPTF Office performs the full range of AA functions, which include the responsibilities to:

  • Receive contributions from donors;
  • Administer funds received;
  • Disburse funds to each of the PO in accordance with instructions from the Steering Committee/Resident Coordinator (on behalf of the Steering Committee);
  • Consolidate statements and reports, based on submissions provided to the AA by each PO;
  • Provide final reporting, including notification that the MDTF/JP has been operationally completed;
  • Disburse funds to any PO for any additional costs of the task that the Steering Committee may decide in accordance with TOR/JP Document/One UN Programme.

THE MPTF OFFICE, ON ITS OWN, DOES NOT FUND PROJECTS OR ACTIVTIES OF ANY KIND. Only the authorized decision making body of an MDTF or JP (Steering Committee/Management Committee/Policy Board) approves funding decisions. Thereafter individual POs (not the MPTF Office) are responsible for choosing the implementation arrangement of approved activities, in line with their respective Financial Regulations, Rules, Policies and Procedures. Funding requests addressed to the MPTF Office by entities that have not signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the MPTF Office will not be acknowledged. 

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