for Joint UN Teams
Joint UN Programmes of Support on AIDS
About the Toolkit
"As Secretary-General, I promise:
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon General Assembly Review of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, 21 May 2007
The Toolkit for Joint UN Teams and Joint UN Programmes of Support on AIDS is intended to assist UN agencies, funds, and programmes at the country level, as part of the UN system, to improve coordination, coherence and effectiveness of joint activities on AIDS. In order to enhance progress towards these key UN reform initiatives and to support the implementation of the 2001 General Assembly Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS , the UN system must continue to harmonize and align operational activities with nationally determined strategic plans and priorities.
A key instrument of the UN reform process is the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) . The UNDAF provides a common strategic framework for the operational activities of the UN system for better coordination and development results at the country level.
Because the UN system operates within different country contexts, this Toolkit is designed to address a wide spectrum of needs of the UN system for establishing and activating coordination mechanisms and implementing joint programmes on AIDS. The emphasis is on explaining and applying guidance, concepts, building skills and encouraging collaboration among UN system staff and partners.
The Toolkit is intended to guide and facilitate the work of:
How to use this Toolkit
The Toolkit consists of guidance on how to approach the UN Secretary-General's directive to establish a Joint UN Teams on AIDS and Joint UN Programme of Support.
It is laid out in a way that roughly traces the necessary steps for establishing and managing the work of a Joint UN Team on AIDS, designing and implementing Joint UN Programmes of Support on AIDS, monitoring and evaluating the work of the Teams and Programmes in order to track progress and measure results, and understanding the broader learning strategy to help the UN system develop the competence of its staff on HIV and AIDS.
The Toolkit offers a collection of resources, training and reference materials that are divided across six main Cluster sections:
Each Cluster section contains the following features:
Every effort has been made to keep each Cluster section brief. The Cluster introduction is intended to frame the context of the Cluster, while greater focus has been placed on the list of tools which provide further details and complementary information, including a link to the full document. A snapshot of each Cluster section is provided below to assist in searching for the tools you may need based on your learning and training activities.
Cluster I: Background on UN system's corporate strategy on AIDS
Cluster II: Towards a Joint UN Team on AIDS Purpose: How to establish, manage and build the capacity of Joint UN Teams on AIDS
Cluster III: Planning and facilitation for Joint UN Teams on AIDS
Cluster IV: Developing and implementing a Joint UN Programme of Support
Cluster V: Monitoring joint UN action on AIDS at the country level
Cluster VI: UN Learning Strategy on HIV/AIDS
The Toolkit should be viewed as a guide, not a leader. The resources included in the Toolkit are not intended to be prescriptive but are considered as helpful tools that should be tailored to the needs of UN country staff and the country circumstances as appropriate. The Toolkit also includes examples from different regions to facilitate adaptation and relevance to AIDS responses.
This Toolkit is a living, evolving resource for you to use, add to, and comment upon. It should not be seen as a substitute for key guidance documents but rather it will refer you directly to specific guidelines, reports, programme documents, templates and presentations on matters of policy, operations, training and technical matters relating to Joint UN Teams and UN Joint Programmes of Support on AIDS. We hope that you will find it both an informative and useful resource for your team or organisation.
If you have suggestions for new tools or ways to improve those included in this Toolkit, please send them to:
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