Presentation on theme: "UNDGO – UNDP BCPR – OCHA JOINT INITIATIVE ON RECOVERY COORDINATION (JI) DGO TRANSITION WORKSHOP Cairo, 6 March 2008."— Presentation transcript:
UNDGO – UNDP BCPR – OCHA JOINT INITIATIVE ON RECOVERY COORDINATION (JI) DGO TRANSITION WORKSHOP Cairo, 6 March 2008
JOINT INITIATIVE Informal and time bound Focus on Recovery Coordination Real-time advice Collect best practices Identify systemic issues Troika mechanism
1.Recovery Coordination needs to have a precise, concrete goal: - Support governments national recovery with all key partners FINDINGS
2.Recovery coordination requires: -Clear vision -Complementary strategic planning role, operational coordination-support, and links with ER -Buy in from UNCT -Clarity amongst coordination-support mechanisms
3.At provincial level, UN recovery coordination is not an automatic requirement. -In principle, it is the Government which coordinates. -It is a country decision if UN field recovery coordination is needed and who has comparative advantage (RCO, OCHA, UNDP, Mission, Agency).
4.Recovery coordination requires a dedicated capacity for strategic planning in RCOs -linking humanitarian, recovery and stabilization, poverty reduction. -(Capacities could also include M&E, donor coordination, coordination support)
5.The Cluster System in humanitarian response has a role to play in contributing to recovery coordination It should take into account specific needs and be able to evolve, including partnership with Government and WB.
6.In certain cases, some confusion on the meaning of Early Recovery and the functions of ER Cluster/Network slows down the establishment of recovery coordination mechanisms.
7.OCHAs phase down/out planning is often de-linked from an analysis with IASC CT of the transition process. In many cases, insufficient discussion takes place on which coordination functions need to continue into recovery.
8.HQ support for recovery coordination is stronger when: -OCHA, UNDP, UNDGO complement each others efforts at the strategic, operational, technical, and financial level. -there is an increased engagement with DPKO, DPA and PBSO where applicable.
CONSIDERATIONS - 1 IASC CT needs to engage in an analysis of the tipping point from relief to recovery taking into account: Role and capacities of the government in the specific context OCHAs phase down plan developed in consultation with IASC CT Which coordination functions should continue (e.g., NGO coordination, Information Mgmt, etc.)
CONSIDERATIONS - 2 Minimum functions of an RCO are: strategic planning and recovery coordination. Additional functions could include donor coordination, communication and M&E How to ensure sustainable support for RCO staffing? How to determine the optimal size of RCO?
CONSIDERATION - 3 The Cluster System has a role to play in contributing to recovery coordination How could ER Cluster/Network feed into recovery coordination mechanisms? What is the division of labor between ER Adviser and strategic planner, both based in the RCO? Could one person do both functions? What about the Peace and Development Adviser also based in RCO?
CONSIDERATION - 4 What are the possible models for a UN recovery coordination structure at the provincial level ? Direct hand over from OCHA to local government structures RCO field presence Mission coordination staff (where applicable) Agencies fulfilling a coordination role
CONSIDERATION – 5a Having an Integrated RC/HC Office can be beneficial for recovery coordination but it does not automatically ensure coherence. The essential element is joint planning Should Integrated RC/HC Office be the preferred model?
CONSIDERATION – 5b Variations include: -Integrated OCHA-RCO (Indonesia) -Co-location OCHA-RCO (Nepal, Somalia/Puntland) -Integrated OCHA-Mission (Timor-Leste) -Co-location OCHA-Mission (Haiti) -Integrated RCO-Mission (DRC) -Secondment from Mission to OCHA or RCO (Sudan) What are pros and cons? Any other model? When could Integration be problematic?
CONSIDERATION - 6 In Integrated Missions, the role of the DSRSG/RC/HC is more limited if there are no linkages in the planning processes between Mission, RCO and OCHA To what extent can Mission units undertake a UNCT coordination role during recovery (CAS in DRC, HALU in Sudan, HDCS in Haiti)?
NEXT STEPS Post-JI Recovery Coordination Advisers Team serving as resource on field coord. Closer relationship with UNDP/ER Cluster Link with UNDG-ECHA Working Group, incl. DPKO, DPA, PBSO Increased commitment of DGO to support minimum capacities in RCOs Increased engagement with RCs in transition countries OCHAs commitment to contributing to seamless transition
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