As one of the major activities under the UN System in Pakistanâ€™s S&H agenda, the UN Country Team in Pakistan decided to embark upon a process whereby the UN Agencies in Pakistan could better coordinate their activities. During the Mini Retreat of the UNCT in February 2004, it was decided that the UN System in Pakistan would map geographically where their activities are being implemented. Based on this mapping, those districts where five or more UN Agencies were implementing activities would be selected and greater programme and operational coordination would be promoted. Based on the mapping exercise it was decided to focus on fifteen districts with the responsibility for organising the coordination between agencies distributed amongst the agencies that were implementing projects in that area.
Over the last eighteen months, the World Food Programme has taken the lead in designing a methodology for the implementation of this process for increased coordination. It has initiated a system through which information is collected regarding the activities and action plans of the individual agencies operating in a district and synthesised into a single combined Joint Annual Work Plan with a corresponding monitoring and evaluation framework. Parallel to this is a dialogue process with all the relevant local government agencies and other development partners in the area, with the aim of having the local government officials take the lead in this process, and to better coordinate development assistance, not only within the UN but between other development partners as well. All the above activities culminate in a district level S&H workshop during which the joint plans and M&E framework are reviewed and approved, as well as other issues of concern are discussed and resolved. This workshop is meant to represent the formal agreement of all the participating agencies and individuals to the agreed plans and as the formal initiating of coordination of development assistance in that district.
The methodology that has been developed does, however, have significant cost implications, not in the least the technical assistance required by agencies in its implementation. It was thus proposed by the RCâ€™s Office, and accepted by the UNCT, that a long term support be provided to the UN Agencies that have been designated as convening agencies for district coordination. This long-term support would be in the form of a consultant who could assist the agencies in organising and executing the above activities. The cost of this assistance would be bourn by the RCâ€™s office for its initial period of eleven months.
To provide technical and operational support to the UN system in implementing its programme of district level S&H.
Under the direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinatorâ€™s Office, the Consultant will undertake the following tasks:
- Review and analysis of the experiences to date of district S&H in Muzaffarabad, Muzafargarh and Thatta.
- Support the convening agencies in initiating the S&H process in their respective districts, including:
- The organisation of the initial S&H workshop,
- The development of the Joint Annual Work Plan and,
- The development of the corresponding M&E framework.
- Provide assistance and feedback to the convening agencies in following-up on the implementation of the district level S&H process including, possibly, follow-up workshops, meetings and other actions that may be required.
- Assist the UN System in learning lessons from the implementation of the district level S&H process leading to greater efficiencies and efficacy.
The consultant will complete the assignment during and initial period of 5 months starting from 1 Nov 2005, which will be extended for another 6 months based upon satisfactory performance. The assignment could be further extended based on the approval of the UN Country Programme (UNCT).
The consultant will be based in the RCâ€™s Office and will work under the supervision of the IASU Coordination Analyst. The consultant will work in close cooperation with the designated focal points assigned by each agency for district S&H. The consultant will be responsible for the development of all the appropriate documents that are required as per the established methodology, and additional reports relating to the district S&H process, as and when required by the UNCT.