Integrated UN Programme for Montenegro 2017-2021

UNDAF – United Nations Development Assistance Framework


The management and coordination structure is based on the principle of national ownership and direction over all development and human rights activities in the country, and it functions on the basis of the principle of mutual accountability for results between the Government of Montenegro and the United Nations Country Team. The main structures for strategic direction, decision making and oversight are therefore the joint Government/UNCT mechanisms.


The overall strategic direction for the UNDAF is exercised by the Joint Country Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration and the UN Resident Coordinator. The JCSC is composed of government ministers and the heads of all the resident UN organizations in Montenegro. The JCSC meets at least once annually: at the beginning of the year to approve the Annual Joint Work Plans and funding allocations, and to review progress of the previous year on the basis of annual progress reviews by Results Working Groups, to resolve any issues affecting the timely delivery of the programme and to make any adjustments required to achieve better results.


Directly under the JCSC will be four joint working groups, named Results Groups (RGs), one for each results area and Strategic Outcome of the UNDAF. Each of the RGs has as co-conveners a senior government representative and a senior UN agency staff member, usually the Head of a UN organization, and is composed of senior staff from the relevant government ministries and UN agencies.
The Results Groups function as the main joint mechanism for supporting implementation of the UNDAF through joint work planning, continuous monitoring, resolution of obstacles, and for reporting. Specifically, the RGs prepare the integrated annual work-plans, aligning inputs and activities with planned outputs towards the strategic outcome, monitor progress by establishing an indicator framework for these outcomes and prepare annual results-based progress reports. The RGs review available resources, prioritize activities and identify funding gaps for joint resource mobilization.



While the JCSC and RGs are joint bodies of the Government of Montenegro and the UN for oversight and strategic direction and implementation, within the UN itself, the Country Team assumes overall responsibility for coordination and operational management of the programmes and activities of United Nations organizations. The UNCT is chaired by the Resident Coordinator and composed of the heads of all the UN agencies operational in the country, working as a team under the principles of mutual accountability.


The UN Coordination Office (UNCO) supports the Resident Coordinator and the UNCT. The UNCO is responsible for support for the strategic leadership role of the Resident Coordinator (RC) in relation to the Integrated UN Programme and overall UN reform in Montenegro. It supports all the designated tasks of the RC. The office provides both administrative and coordination support for substantive programme management.


In order to have focused impact and to make it's work as synchronized as possible, the UN Team in Montenegro established thematic joint working groups. All working groups are composed of representatives from different UN organisations participating in Integrated UN Programme 2017-2021.