99/19.  UNFPA:  Technical Advisory Programme, 2000-2003

  

The Executive Board

1.        Takes note of the report of the Technical Advisory Programme, 2000-2003 of the United Nations Population Fund as contained in document DP/FPA/1999/12;

2.        Supports the increased emphasis on national capacity-building under the Technical Advisory Programme;

3.        Expresses concern that the report does not fully respond to decision 98/6 in providing a detailed strategic analysis of options for ensuring that UNFPA country programmes receive high-quality technical and strategic support;

4.        Also expresses concern that the report does not adequately describe the value added by the technical advisory services arrangements to the overall work of UNFPA;

5.        Further expresses concern about the high cost of the arrangements proposed;

6.        Endorses the proposals contained in paragraphs 30 to 51 of the report on a two-year interim basis only;

7.        Authorizes the Executive Director to commit an amount of $56.5 million over the two-year period 2000-2001 to implement the Technical Advisory Programme arrangements, with $47.5 million being made available from regular resources, and $9 million from multi-bilateral and/or other resources, including regular resources, should income levels increase;

8.        Requests the Executive Director in implementing the Technical Advisory Programme, to:

(a)    Give due priority to category A countries;

(b)    Base the implementation on an analysis of programme country needs in terms of access to local expertise;

 (c)    Not interrupt ongoing programmes;

9.        Also requests the Executive Director to submit a report to the Executive Board at its third regular session 2000 on the progress made in implementing the Technical Advisory Programme arrangements.  The report should include, inter alia:

(a)    An analysis of programme country technical and strategic support needs and how these needs are being met by the function and composition of the country support teams and technical advisory services, with particular emphasis on ICPD follow-up, United Nations Development Assistance Framework requirements, and sector development programmes;

(b)    An explanation of how the Technical Advisory Programme is being monitored, particularly within the context of the multi-year funding framework;

(c) A description of how national and regional expertise on national capacity-building and networking within the Technical Advisory Programme is being utilized;

10.        Further requests the Executive Director to submit a report for approval by the Executive Board at its third regular session 2001 on further options that will ensure that UNFPA country programmes receive the strategic and technical assistance they need.  In doing so, the report should:

(a)    Set out the rationale and guidelines for the proposed arrangements, which should include an assessment of country and regional needs for technical assistance and strategic guidance;

(b)    Provide clear justification for continued support, deployment, and strategic utilization of the technical advisory services arrangements with United Nations agencies, taking into account comments made by members of the Executive Board under this agenda item;

(c)    Describe how the preferred option will facilitate closer linkages, better collaboration, and greater coherency with other United Nations agencies, especially among those agencies with a particular role to ensure ICPD goals and objectives and ICPD+5 key actions are achieved;

(d)    Explain how the preferred option will best enable UNFPA to strengthen in‑country activities and play a more effective strategic role in championing reproductive health and other ICPD goals and objectives;

(e)    Include a costed analysis of alternative options for providing support to country programmes;

(f)    Describe the institutional, reporting and management arrangements for the preferred option and methods by which it will be monitored and evaluated;

(g)    Describe the use of the roster of consultants for the country support teams to determine if and how this tool is being utilized;

(h)    Examine new opportunities for using regional and national consultants and South-South cooperation in promoting national capacity;

(i)    Describe the value added of the Technical Advisory Programme to the overall work of UNFPA;

11.         Requests the Executive Director to elaborate further on the proposal to establish a country support team office to cover the countries with economies in transition and to provide information on the recommended arrangements for approval by the Executive Board at its first regular session 2000.

 

       17 September 1999