UN in Liberia
In Liberia, the United Nations is represented by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), as well as the UN Country Team (UNCT) comprising 17 Agencies, Funds, Programmes, and the World Bank. The UN Country Team (UNCT), along with the International Monetary Fund, are present on a long-term basis to support humanitarian and development efforts in the country.
The United Nations in Liberia works within an Integrated Mission context. The Head of UNMIL, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), is also the Coordinator of the United Nations in Liberia. UNMIL’s Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for the Consolidation of Democratic Governancealso servesas Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator, and Resident Representative of UNDP. A second DSRSG coordinates issues related to the Rule of Law.
Since the deployment of UNMIL in 2003, the United Nations in Liberia has enhanced integration by creating joint management structures, jointly planning and implementing programmes and undertaking joint operations in several areas. Joint management structures include the Strategic Policy Group, UN Country Team, Inter-Agency Programming Team, Operations Management Team, UN Communications Group, Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Working Group, and Theme Groups on HIV/AIDS, and Gender. At the field level, the UN has three Joint Offices, and all 15 County offices are led by Heads of Field Offices, who serve as focal points for the UN system in the Counties.
Its Strategic Assistance Framework, the UN ONE PROGRAMME comprises a UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and a Costed Action Plan. The UNDAF describes the UN’s collective response to national development priorities, while the corresponding Costed Action Plan operationalizes the UNDAF and defines in greater detail, management and coordination arrangements, financial modalities, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes and serves as the main legal document for multi-year programming. A budgetary framework under the Costed Action Plan includes a One Fund—the resource gap in the One Programme.
The UN One Programme is aligned with the national medium-term strategy, the Agenda for Transformation (AfT) 2013-2017, and National Vision 2030. A Delivering as One Joint Steering Committee, comprising Government, UN and Development Partners provides policy guidance and overall leadership to One Programme implementation.