Strengthening Natl Capacities for Development
What is the Programme about?
The objective of this programme as it is now, is to build the capacities of national institutions to implement UNDP funded programmes/projects and provide significant direct implementation support for the gradual transfer from the current DIM to the National Implementation Modality (NIM) across all projects and programmes in Liberia. This programme contributes to the improvement of the overall performance of national institutions particularly in the areas of programme, procurement and financial management and consequently enhance the external assistance for the country’s development.
This programme has been implemented as part of the National Capacity Development initiative and to complement other ongoing UN Capacity Development Initiatives.
This Programme aims at strengthening the current functional and technical capacities of MACs to effectively coordinate and harmonize delivery of GOL/UNDP programme; support a mechanism for GoL-Donor, civil society and private sector coordination; strengthen coordination for implementation of the AfT to enable the government to account for development results being attained by the AfT; support strengthening of the overall aid management, coordination and M&E for evidenced based data and reporting etc. Expected Outcomes/Results; Liberian governance systems strengthened to ensure consolidation of peace and stability supported by effective and well-functioning institutions that foster inclusive participation of stakeholders, especially women and youth, with enhanced service delivery at local levels.
Achievements so far
-To ensure effective operationalization of the NIM in all MACs implementing UNDP Projects/Programmes, the C4DE Program successfully launched the NIM Toolkit. The NIM Toolkit is a user-friendly, hands-on tools and templates designed to clearly outline NIM processes and procedures. It is also meant to strengthen the use of country systems and serves as tool for MACs that are implementing UNDP funded projects/programs both at the national and county service centres.
-PPCC Hands-Holding Facility and Hotline Service established and equipped for coaching and mentoring of MACs & County Procurement staff. This Facility and hotline service will provide over 50 MACs and 15 counties opportunity to acquire adequate skills to perform effectively procurement functions - minimize errors and audit qualifications. The MACs and county administration do not have to physically visit PPCC for procurement follow up or queries anymore, the Toll Free calls provided through Lonestar, Cellcom and NovaFone gives online mentoring and coaching (Question and Answer) services resulting to fast processing of public procurement services.
-CIPS level 2 training of over 80 staff drawn from MACs and UNDP as part of professionalizing the procurement in government, the training will be completed by students submitting a work based assignment (WBA) in 2016.
- A one day M&E Role Clarification working session conducted to clarify roles and draft a strategy for the coordination of M&E activities of public sector investment plan (PSIP) and sector projects. A clear strategy for the coordination of M&E activities, PSIP and sector projects have been drafted and roles clarified for the implementation of M&E activities. Further, the result of this exercise was a harmonized monitoring and evaluation roles and responsibilities chain inclusive of all units involve ranging from the design to the implementation and evaluation stages of all projects/programs both at the national and sub-national levels.
-Three-day Results-Based Management: Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation Training conducted to increase and strengthened skills of technical staff of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in Results-based Management (RBM). It was aimed at enhancing their performance in using a systemic approach in preparing national, sub-national and sector plans and budget; coordinate, monitor and report on the implementation of national and sub-national and sector plans and budgets.
- Conducted several trainings for Senior Technicians of MACs, County leadership NGOs and other key Ministry of Finance and Development Planning staff in Liberia, Ghana and South Africa on Results Based Management, Monitoring & Evaluation,National NGO Census, National Aid Policy Review etc. to enhance performance in using a systematic approach in preparing, monitoring, coordinating and reporting on the implementation of planned activities; introduce Managers, M&E Officers, and development actors to the new approaches and methodologies in Monitoring and Evaluation of Development programs/projects considering the results chain;mainstream effectiveness and increase performance; strengthen service delivery in Liberia as well as effective response of government to public needs and partnership coordination of the sector andl help Government to clearly articulate its priorities and guiding principles on the mobilization and management of aid in Liberia.
- Organized and facilitated the formal signing and formal launch of the GOL/UNDP 2013-2017 Country Programme Document to signify the official launch of the multi-year programmes.
-National Implementation (NIM) training conducted for 78 senior level staff during inception workshops which also provided an opportunity to test the NIM Toolkit, and get inputs/feedback from partners representing 15 Line Ministries and Agencies.
-organized and facilitated a one day HACT Micro Assessment Dissemination Workshop to share and discuss the results of the micro assessment for 28 Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs). The national partners requested for support in capacity building to acquire professional qualification in Finance and procurement to meet international standards.
-Initiated intensive capacity building training for all national partners involved in the implementation of the new UNDP/GOL programme through tailor made practical sessions, understanding HACT financial reporting tools and NIM business processes.
-Commissioned rapid micro assessment of 15 new UNDP national partners in CSOs and NGO under the 2013-2017 multi-year programmes. Draft micro assessment reports have been used to inform the management arrangement with the respective partners during the formulation of the 2014 AWP.
-National partners benefited from a one stop shop on NIM coaching, mentoring and guidance plus a mechanism of addressing issues related to NIM programming and implementation.
-As part of the operationalization of the new Ministry of Finance and development Planning (MFDP), policies and regulations were supported and 500 copies of the Employee Handbooks were printed and shared as part of the induction package of the new MFDP employees. Furthermore, UNDP through this project also supported engagement of consultants to develop the MFDP 3 year Strategic Plan.
-training of MACs staff focused on four main NIM functional areas, Finance, procurement, human resources and project management. Over 100 government staff members (29%) female participation in various training workshops focusing on NIM business processes, preparing for quarterly board meetings etc.
-Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) in collaboration with MPEA and UNDP organized a tailor made 3 day NIM training focusing on financial reporting, M&E and procurement plans which targeted staff from 4 MACs implementing STAOP programme. The training provided sixteen (16) participants an opportunity through practical sessions to develop for the first time their annual STAOP M&E and procurement plans as a team.
-UNDP Communications for Development in partnership with the Press Union of Liberia, organized a three-day training for 25 local Journalists on Development Reporting. The skills impacted were demonstrated by Journalists who went into the field, conducted interviews and prepared news stories and reports on a few development issues.
-UNDP communications team initiated discussions with the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) to explore potential partnerships aimed at developing their capacity to effectively produce development stories; assist the PUL to organize the Liberian Journalist Awards as part of World Press Freedom Day and develop a press Corp from the trained journalists for UNDP media relations.
-As part of the advocacy and visibility strategy of UNDP Liberia, concrete steps have been taken to produce UNDP branded advocacy and visibility materials for the country office to promote the new tagline.
-The Resource Mobilization and Partnership Strategy developed and the Resource mobilization business process for effective pipeline management and donor reporting completed, with over 1 million funds mobilized to respond to Ebola outbreak.