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Governance of the Integrated UN Programme

Joint Country Steering Committee: The JCSC provides oversight of the design, implementation and monitoring of the Integrated UN Programme, Results and Budgetary Framework for Montenegro. The JCSC was created by the Government in September 2009 to provide leadership to the overall Delivering as One process but has specific responsibilities in relation to the Integrated UN Programme and the UN Country Fund.

The JCSC is co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the UN Resident Coordinator, and is composed of: (a) up to seven senior representatives of line ministries, (b) all members of the UNCT, and (c) donor representatives, by invitation of JCSC. There should be at least three meetings per annum, one to review the UN Annual Work Plan (UNAWP) for the Integrated UN Programme, another to take decisions on funding allocations from the UN Country Fund and a further meeting to review progress in implementation of the Integrated UN Programme (Annual Review).  The JCSC takes decisions by consensus and agree criteria that guide decisions on funding allocations from the UN Country Fund.

Secretariat: The Directorate for UN and Other International Organizations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN Coordination Office will act as a Secretariat for the Steering Committee and will support it in preparing for and organizing meetings as well as ensuring follow-up on decisions taken by the Steering Committee.

Administrative Agent: The MDTF Office has been appointed the Administrative Agent (AA) of the UN Country Fund.  Its responsibilities include the receipt, administration and management of contributions from donors, disbursement of such funds to the Participating UN Organizations in accordance with decisions of the JCSC and provision of consolidated narrative and financial reports to donors, based on reports from the Participating UN Organizations.

Participating UN Organisations: The participation of UN programmes, funds and agencies in the Integrated UN Programme is differentiated by the contribution and/or role that they play.  Agencies may play one or more of several roles as mutually agreed with the RC: as a substantive financial contributor, as the implementing authority of defined projects or sub-programmes, as an implementing partner or party providing technical advice or other specified inputs and services, as an occasional or ad hoc technical / policy advisor on normative issues, or as an advocate on a particular UN issue or convention.  Some Participating UN Organisations will play a substantive leadership role in the Integrated UN Programme, in one or more Outcome area or thematic area.