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United Nations Office of Funds and Programmes Cape Verde. The 1 st Joint Office – Cape Verde. Formally launched on 1 January 2006 The Cape Verde Joint Office has ONE : Common C ountry P rogramme for the 4 ExCom agencies Common operations service for the 4 ExCom agencies Budget

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The 1st Joint Office – Cape Verde

Formally launched on 1 January 2006

The Cape Verde Joint Office has ONE:

  • Common Country Programme for the 4 ExCom agencies

  • Common operations service for the 4 ExCom agencies

  • Budget

  • Representative for the 4 ExCom agencies – also the RC


It is located in the UN House with other UN Agencies

Cape Verde was also the first country to apply HACT

The 1st Joint Office – Cape Verde


Necessary conditions include

  • Strong Government leadership in UN reform

  • Donors’ openness to UN reform

  • Agencies (and their staff) commitment to UN reform


Common Country Programme

  • Derived from UNDAF and harmonised programme cycles

  • Focus on Cape Verde’s priorities e.g. Graduation from LDC status

  • Country Programme designed through participatory approach

  • Linked to MDGs, PRSP


Common Country Programme

Key pillars:

Human capital development and reform of the social sector

Managing the environment and natural disasters

Promotingeconomic growth and opportunities for the most vulnerable groups

Strengthening democratic governance


Challenges

  • How to balance ‘One UN’ while retaining Agency identities, brands and fund-raising capacities

  • What happens to savings from reduced transaction costs?

  • Reporting requirements


Achievements to date

  • Costs of running the Office in 2006 were 75% of what it cost in 2005 when the 4 Agencies were functioning separately, without cutting jobs

  • Delivery of the programme was over 80% and the visibility of the mandate, mission and results of each of the 4 Agencies was maintained

  • Funds mobilised from donors e.g. $3.5 mn from Luxemburg in January 2007

  • Learning opportunities and career development for staff now from 4 Agencies and staff welfare and moral top priority


Lessons learned to date

  • Support of the host Government for UN reform is critical to success

  • Regional Directors’ teams involvement and support vital in guiding UN country teams in designing such reforms

  • Country Office staff should be part of the process from the outset and their concerns addressed with regular feedback.


Issues to be addressed

Annual report - a challenge

  • The annual reports of each agency are based on the nature of programme and operations and accounting systems

  • Each agency has different reporting requirements and formats

  • Each agency has different donor requirements


Issues to be addressed (continued)

  • Implementation of a Monitoring and Evaluation system involving all the stakeholders (methodology, tools)

  • Establishment and collection of information on baseline for the programme evaluation and identification of key inidcators

  • Strengthening field monitoring visits and M&E culture among programme staff


Next steps….

  • Moving towards “Delivering as One UN”

  • Tools and guidance for managing transition to One UN

  • Clarity in roles of ROs and HQs in process of One UN

  • Office plan to support One UN office transition processes

GOAL

8 Offices selected as pilot for One UN and Delivery as One in 2007 including Cape Verde


Challenge

One Programme including CPAP and common programme of non-JO Agencies



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