UNDP and the UN System

UNDP has played a key role in working for maximal coherence and cooperation across the UN system since the ‘One UN’ reforms of 2006. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)

About the UN Country Team and the Resident Coordinator
United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) exist in 136 countries covering all of the 180 countries where there are United Nations programmes.

The UNCT is led by the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) who is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General. The RC reports to the UN Secretary-General through the Chair of the UN Development Group. The work of the Resident Coordinator (RC) has been a key element of the ‘One UN’ reforms.

The UNCT ensures inter-agency coordination and decision-making at the country level. Through the Country Team, individual agencies are able to plan and work together, as part of the Resident Coordinator system, to deliver results in support of the development agenda of the Government.

In Timor-Leste, the UNCT makes decisions through a consultative process. UNCT members develop operational programmes for development to support the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) priorities. The UNCT also helps develop proposals regarding pooling country level fundraising and joint financing, based on Timor-Leste’s needs and priorities, as expressed in the UNDAF.

Joint programmes
Joint programmes involving two or more UN organizations and national partners have also been developed to further support coordination efforts. These programmes exemplify the One UN approach, making the most of the complementary mandates of the different UN programmes, funds and agencies.

UNDP Timor-Leste is currently involved in three joint programmes. The Local Governance Support Programme (LGSP) and the Inclusive Finance for Sustainable Economies (INFUSE) programme are both implemented in partnership with UNCDF. UNDP is also a partner on the COMPASIS programme, which is being implemented with FAO, ILO, UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP.

UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in Timor-Leste
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2009-2013 is the result of an ongoing consultative process intended to analyse how the UN can most effectively respond to Timor-Leste’s national priorities and needs in a post-conflict context.

It is guided by the goals and targets of the Millennium Declaration which has been endorsed by the Government. The implementation of UNDAF has adapted and is adapting over the years to policies and strategies of the IV and V Constitutional Government, such as the Programme of the V Constitutional Government for 2012-2017, the Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030, the New Deal, the GoTL-UNMIT Joint Transition Plan 2012-2014, the International Compact for Timor-Leste, the 2007 National Recovery Strategy and other relevant documents.

The UNDAF translates these into a common operational framework for development activities upon which UNDP and other UN agencies are basing their programmes for the period 2009-2013.

UN agencies in Timor-Leste