The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a “game changer” that requires more than a mere harmonization of terminology or coordination of parallel efforts. It calls for integrated, interdependent and multidisciplinary outcomes by the UN system for collective impact.
One of the most powerful resources at the disposal of the UN development system is results-based management, commonly defined as “a management strategy by which all actors ensure that processes, products and services contribute to achieving a set of results.”
Results-based management starts long before the logical frameworks traditionally associated with RBM. It begins with a causality analysis that lays sound foundations for the Theory of Change to address deeply interrelated and interdependent development challenges.
Making the UN response to national priorities more results-oriented, integrated and aligned with the 2030 Agenda is what all countries expect from the United Nations. These expectations can be met by using the full potential of results-based management.
This course offers a mix of knowledge and skills for advancing the applications of RBM principles and tools, and strengthening the quality of UN programming at the country level. Participants will become fully knowledgeable of RBM and its practical application, innovative ways and approaches to support the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UN sustainable development programmes.
Upon the successful completion of this course, participants will:
- have a common understanding of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and UN Reform, and of their implications for UN system effective country-level interventions;
- define the UN system approach to results-based management;
- be able to use specific RBM tools (theory of change, results frameworks) in planning, project/programme proposal drafting, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation.
The course will adopt a blended format of instructional sessions and practical application. Participants will complete mini-RBM projects starting from identifying a development challenge, elaborating its theory of change, risks and assumptions, creating its results framework, formulating results, targets and indicators to strengthen learning retention and application.
Course enrollment will be limited to 25 participants to maximize interaction with course instructors and derive the greatest benefit from small group work.
Day 1: 2030 Agenda, UN Reform, UN Integrated Programming and Overview of RBM.
Day 2: Theory of Change (from causality/problem tree to solution pathway), RBM for strategic planning, risks and assumptions.
Day 3: Results chain, indicators, results-based budgeting.
Day 4: Managing for results, monitoring and evaluation, results reporting.
UN strategic planners; chairs/members of programme management teams /results groups/task teams; UN Coordination officers/advisers; UN staff involved in project/programme management
Cost of participation
Cost of participation:
The course fee of $2,500 covers the following:
- Four days of training with a balance of presentations and group work on case studies and exercises.
- Exclusive access to a UNSSC online social learning environment with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues.
- All course materials, resources and contacts.
Participants are expected to cover all travel and lodging costs related to their attendance at the course.
Certificates from the UNSSC will be awarded to participants upon completion.
Special Discount for UN staff working in UN Resident Coordination Offices (RCOs)
This course is part of the UNSSC Sustainable Development Learning Package offered to RCO staff. We are offering a special discount of $1,000 to UN staff working in RCOs as part of UNSSC’s targeted support to the UN reform process through sustained and facilitated learning and leadership development programmes.
Clearly indicate in your motivation statement how this course can benefit your work in responding to country-specific needs in implementing the 2030 Agenda.