One set of Management Practices

PoCSD 2017-2021   Management and accountability

The Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development (PoCSD) is supported by the management architecture as defined in the diagram below.


Joint Executive Committee

The Joint Executive Committee provides strategic guidance and oversight over the programme. The JEC is co-chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and the UN Resident Coordinator. The JEC meets once a year with the participation of Ministers, Prime Minister’s Office and UN Country Team members and reports to the GoA Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, the JEC will be convened on a regular basis under the leadership of the Director of the Department for Development, Financing and Foreign Aid (DDFFA) and the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC). Members are representatives from line Ministries, heads of the participating UN agencies, or authorised representatives. It meets at a minimum three times a year, but it may be convened by the co-chairs if and when necessary. Key responsibilities are to:

  • Assess overall progress against planned outcomes and their contribution to NSDI II priorities and related SDGs,
  • Ensure ongoing alignment and coordination between PoCSD results and strategies and those of the NSDI II including sector programmes and implementation mechanisms such as the IPMGs
  • Conduct the annual review and review and endorse major changes to results and strategies,
  • Advise and assist the outcome groups and output working groups, as required,
  • Allocate financial resources of the Coherence Fund, based on performance-based allocation criteria.

The work of the JEC is supported by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office acting as Secretariat.

Outcome Groups

Outcome Groups- established for each outcome- advise the JEC and UNCT, as appropriate, on opportunities and challenges linked to PoCSD implementation. Outcome Groups are also responsible for operationalizing the Programme through development and oversight of 2-year rolling Outcome Joint Work plans. They describe the specific results to be achieved and form an agreement between the UN system agencies and Government on the use of resources.   Outcome Groups are positioned within the existing national coordination architecture – Integrated Policy Management Groups - to maximize coordination and minimize additional transaction costs. Alignment of Outcomes with IPMGs remains subject to change, based on the evolution of IPMGs.

Each Outcome Group is led by the Outcome Co-Chairs, namely Chair of the relevant Integrated Policy Management Group and one or two UN Heads of Agencies.  Outcome Groups bring together Government, UN and development partners in their deliberations.

Each Outcome Group is comprised by UN Output Working Groups with the participation of the government and development partners that contribute to the specific outcome. At the technical level, under the leadership of the Outcome Co-Chairs, the Output Working Groups prepare, implement and monitor the Joint Work Plans.

Operations Management Team

The Operations Management Team (OMT) provides support and advice to the UNCT on efforts to harmonize business operations and contribute to the delivery of PoCSD results. The OMT will pursue higher quality, more effective, and cost-efficient common services in procurement, human resources, ICT, finance, logistics and transport. OMT responsibilities are to:

  • Implement common business solutions, such as common procurement systems for tendering and bidding, long term agreements (LTAs) for joint procurement, common ICT platforms, banking arrangements, office security and cleaning services.
  • Monitor and report to the UNCT about progress to achieve higher quality, more effective, and cost-efficient business support services; and
  • Communicate effectively about the aims and expected results of common business solutions to all UN staff and concerned country partners.

Gender Theme Group

The Gender Theme Group works to mainstream Albania’s gender equality commitments into the implementation, review, monitoring and evaluation of the PoCSD. Its members support the outcome groups, output working groups, and provide advice to the UNCT and JEC, as appropriate. Key responsibilities are to:

  • Keep UNCT and UN agencies abreast of and share knowledge about Albania’s gender equality commitments; 
  • Facilitate informed and substantive discussions among UN agencies on national gender equality commitments and implementation measures;
  • Provide technical support on gender issues to UN agencies and ensure that gender equality commitments are fully reflected in PoCSD results and indicators and joint work plans;
  • Strengthen UN staff capacities;
  • Serve as the custodian of the UNCT Gender Scorecard and performance indicators;
  • Organise and promote UNCT coordinated and joint advocacy activities for gender equality.

The group is composed of Gender Focal Points of all agencies signatories of the PoCSD. It is chaired by UN Women and prepares an annual work plan, approved by the UNCT.

UN Communications Team

The UN Communications Team is comprised of communications experts and focal points from UN Agencies.

Results expected from effective joint communications are:

  • Coherent communication and effective joint advocacy about country development challenges.
  • Increased awareness among PoCSD stakeholders, the donor community, and the interested public about PoCSD results.
  • Increased awareness by the public of the results of the Government of Albania and civil society organizations, as supported by the United Nations.
  • Increased visibility and profile of the United Nations in Albania.
  • Strengthened partnerships to accelerate development in Albania and give voice to Albanian views on development issues.