How is it suggested thatshould the coordination structure is be configured in order to guarantee a coordinated implementation with adequate checks and balances?

To ensure proper checks and balances of programme activities the Resident Coordinator is called upon to establish committees at two levels: a National Steering Committee (NSC), and a Programme Management Committee (PMC).There should only be one NSC per country and one PMC per programme.

  1. The National Steering Committee’s role is to provide oversight and strategic guidance to the programme.  The NSC should be small and the membership should formally consist of non-implementing parties to allow for independence. The NSC members should at a minimum include a representative of the national Government, a representative of the Government of Spain and the Resident Coordinator (RC). The RC and the national Government representative will co-chair the NSC. Other representatives and observers (civil society, other donors, etc.) can be invited by the co-chairs, especially in cases involving institutions providing matching funds. Depending on the country-specific context, other formal members may be included in the NSC. The NSC will normally meet semi-annually and will make decisions by consensus.
  2. The Programme Management Committee’s role is to provide operational coordination to the joint programme.  The membership will consist of implementing Participating UN Organizations of the Joint Programme and relevant Government Counterparts. The RC or his/her representative will chair the PMC.  Joint Programme managers and experts can be invited to the PMC meetings as needed. The PMC will normally meet quarterly, but may have to meet more often depending on the need to address issues related directly to management and implementation of the programme.