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Joint Programmes are an example of a pooled funding mechanism. Smaller in size and scope than a Multi-Donor Trust Fund or One Fund, a Joint Programme is a set of activities contained in a joint work plan and budget, involving two or more UN organizations, which is intended to achieve results aligned with national priorities as reflected in One Programme/UNDAFs. The roles and responsibilities of in coordinating and managing the joint activities are outlined and agreed upon in the Joint Programme Document.
When deciding to establish a Joint Programme, there are three fund management modalities to choose from: a) pass-through, b) pooled, and c) parallel.
Pass-through fund management is the most commonly used modality for Joint Programmes. Under this option, two to five UN organizations develop a Joint Programme, identify funding gaps and submit a Joint Programme Document to donor(s). If the donor(s) and participating UN organizations agree to channel the funds through one UN organization, then the pass-through modality applies. With the pass-through modality has an Administrative Agent, responsible for fiduciary management and financial reporting and a Convening Agent which is accountable for coordination of programmatic activities and narrative reporting.
The pooled fund management modality is likely to be the most effective and efficient when participating UN organizations, using mostly their own core resources, work for common results with one or more common national or sub-national partner/s and/or in a common geographical area. Under this modality, participating UN organizations transfer pooled funds together to one UN organization, called the Managing Agent (MA), chosen jointly by the participating UN organizations.
The parallel fund management modality is likely to be the most effective and efficient when donors want to earmark funds to a specific agency and when the interventions of participating UN organizations are aimed at common results, but with different national, sub-national and/or international partners. Under this modality, each organization manages its own activities within the common work plan and the related budget, whether from Regular Resources or Other Resources.
|Title||Publication Date||Files and links|
|Guidance Note on Joint Programmes||2014|
Guidance Note on Joint Programmes (English - 661 kB)
|Standard Administrative Agreement for Joint Programmes||2008|
SAA for JPs (English - 109 kB)
|MOU for Pass-through Joint Programmes||2008|
MOU for JPs (English - 120 kB)
|MOU for Convening Agent for Pooled Fund Management||2003|
|Joint Programme Mechanism Review||2013|
JP Mechanism Review - Consolidated Final Report (February2013) (English - 1 MB)
JP Mechanism Review - Annexes (February 2013) (English - 993 kB)
Annex 8 - UNDG Master JP Dataset - 15 Nov 2012 (English - 452 kB)