About MPTF Office Funds


A stand-alone pass-through Joint Programme is a financing tool available to UN organizations for pooling funds to support a strategic vision, outlined in a Joint Programme Document with a clear results framework and budget. The Joint Programme normally has a well-defined and limited scope and is based on a partnership involving two to five UN organizations and their (sub-)national governmental partners. At country level, the programmatic scope is aligned with national priorities as reflected in an UNDAF/One Programme or equivalent programming instrument or development framework.


Joint Programmes have governance arrangements similar to those of UN MDTFs. The fund implementation is the responsibility of UN organizations, who may work with their government and NGO partners as per their own rules and regulations. Fund operation is directed by a steering committee, chaired or co-chaired by the UN and supported by a convening agency. The steering committee sets overall direction, makes resource allocation decisions and carries out independent reviews. The convening agency is responsible for operational and programmatic coordination, including the coordination of narrative reporting. As the appointed Fund Administrator / Administrative Agent, the MPTF Office receives the contributions from the contributors and channels them to participating UN organizations based on Steering Committee decisions.


A Joint Programme can be established at national level (involving one country), regional or global levels (involving two or more regions or countries). Global and regional Joint Programmes may address normative and policy issues at global or regional level, while national Joint Programmes normally focus on operational activities in one thematic area in one country.


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