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This Joint UN Programme of UNDP, UNICEF and FAO has the overall objective to improve access to quality vocational education and training (VET) in Abkhazia for children and young people, girls, boys, young women and men, throughout the region and irrespective of their nationality and place of residence.


The programme will promote integrated, comprehensive and sustainable solutions that ensure greater coherence and stronger impact by mapping the concrete needs in the VET sector and the labour market in Abkhazia. The programme will aim at identifying the gaps and challenges and their interlinkages across sectors and establishing comprehensive responses by three UN agencies: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


Assistance Strategy 

The expected results of the joint programme will contribute to achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), primarily the SDG 4 (Quality Education) but also SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) as possible.

The programme will further contribute to implementation of the UN Partnership for Sustainable Development (UNPSD) for the period of 2016-2020. It will particularly address achievement of Outcome 5 (inclusive and high-quality education), Outcome 6 (provision of quality, equitable and integrated health services) and Outcome 7 (better security and stronger resilience of conflict-affected communities.

 The programme is also aligned with the priorities of the country specific program documents of three UN agencies:


  • From UNDP’s perspective, the expected results will be aligned with UNDP Georgia’s Country Programme Document for 2016-2020. The programme will contribute to enhancement of human security and resilience among the conflict-affected communities through improving the access to basic social services, including education.
  • UNICEF’s programme component will be aligned with UNICEF’s Georgia Country Programme Document for 2016-2020, specifically Outcome 1 and 2, which aim amongst others at strengthening access to quality education for children in Abkhazia and at improving the capacities to provide quality maternal and child health services, including professional capacities of doctors and nurses.
  • FAO’s component will fall under FAO Strategic Objectives: Strategic Objective 2: Increase and improve provision of goods and services from agriculture, forestry and fisheries in a sustainable manner; and Strategic Objective 3: Reduce rural poverty;





Administrative Agent  

Funding for the Joint Programme/Multi Donor Trust Fund utilizes a pass-through funding mechanism. Under this modality, Participating UN Organizations agree to channel funds for the Joint Programme through the Administrative Agent. The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the UNDP serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the Joint Programme. The AA is responsible for concluding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Participating UN Organizations  and Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donor(s), as well as for the receipt, administration, and management of contributions from donors; disbursement of funds to the Participating UN Organizations; and consolidation of financial reports produced by each of the Participating UN Organizations and Participating Non-UN Organizations and provision of these reports to the Steering Committee for onward submission to the donor(s). 

The Joint Programme is jointly managed, coordinated and implemented by UNDP and UNICEF as well as FAO but in partnership with UNDP (thereinafter referred as “Participating UN Organizations” or PUNOs).  The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the UNDP serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the Joint Programme while UNDP Georgia acts as a Convening Agency.

The Steering Committee (SC) ensures smooth and successful implementation of the joint programme. This SC is co-chaired by UN Resident Coordinator (UN RC) and the designated authorities from the EU delegation in Georgia. It is also comprised of Senior Management representatives from UNDP, UNICEF and FAO. The Steering Committee provides strategic guidance for a coherent and coordinated programme implementation and ensure that funds are managed properly and in a cost-efficient manner.

Due to sensitivities with regard to operation in Abkhazia, the beneficiary will usually not be invited to SC meetings but may be represented by participating UN organizations and their partners. In any case, the programme Steering Committee will strive to reflect the beneficiary's positions via other means, such as focus groups or consultations prior to SC meetings or, in less sensitive cases, having representatives of beneficiaries join parts or the entirety of such SC meetings (to be decided by the Programme Steering Committee on a case by case basis).  



The programme executive role rests with participating UN organizations but whenever needed they shall request guidance and directions from the Programme Steering Committee. It shall review and approve Joint Programme Document and annual work plans, provide strategic direction and oversight, set allocation criteria, allocate resources, review implementation progress and address problems, review and approve progress reports budget revisions/reallocations, and evaluation reports, note audit reports (published in accordance with each PUNOs’ disclosure policy), and initiate investigations (if needed).  In the programme’s final year, the Programme Steering Committee shall hold an end-of programme review to capture lessons learned and discuss opportunities for scaling up and to socialize programme results and lessons learned with relevant audiences.

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Key Figures
Funding Status
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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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 2,890,513  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 4,863  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   2,895,377
Transferred to Participating Organizations 2,864,903  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 0  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 9  
Other 28,905  
Total use of funds   2,893,817
Balance with Administrative Agent   1,560
As a percentage of deposits   0.1%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 2,864,903  
Total resources   2,864,903
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 2,966,774  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Total expenses     2,966,774
Balance with Participating Organizations   -101,871
As a percentage of transfers   - 3.6%
Total Balance of Funds   -100,311
As a percentage of deposits   - 3.5%
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Administrative Agent issues in the country of the JP:


Administrative Agent Issues in New York:

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau for Management Services, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;  

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