Agreement types for collaborating with civil society
UNICEF Mali Country Office, as all UNICEF country offices worldwide, has several options for cooperating with CSOs. These modalities, as well as the conditions for engagement, are described in detail in the document “Guidelines on UNICEF’s Programme Cooperation Agreements (PCAs) and Small Scale Funding Agreements (SSFAs) with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)” (December 2009).
Where the relationship between UNICEF and a CSO involves a transfer of resources, UNICEF guidelines state that CSOs must meet certain minimum standards regarding their managerial abilities, accounting systems and financial procedures, and must have a proven track record in project implementation.
Our modalities for formal partnerships with CSOs include the following types of agreements:
Special Service Agreements (SSA): A legally binding agreement between UNICEF and an external party, CSO or otherwise, recruited to fill a need identified by UNICEF, such as the provision of services or goods, against payment upon satisfactory delivery. There is no cap to the potential financial value of an SSA.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU): This is a non-binding agreement that articulates a common desire to work together at the global, regional or national levels to achieve shared objectives, with no exchange of resources among partners. An MoU is not applicable for transfers of cash or supplies.
Programme Cooperation Agreement (PCA): This is a legally-binding agreement to achieve common programme results through a jointly defined strategy, with shared risks, responsibilities, resources and results. Two forms of agreement: “light” and “more complex” - depending on the scale, nature, assessed level of risk and the complexity of the partnership). PCAs are subject to two financial formats: a "more complex" PCA format: greater than $100,000 and a "light" PCA format: less than $100,000.
Small Scale Funding Agreement (SSFA): A legally binding agreement to achieve common programme results through a jointly defined strategy, with shared risks, responsibilities, resources and results. Primarily used to strengthen the capacities of national CSO partners. Flexible, with highly simplified planning format and reporting requirements. Small scale funding agreements represent values of less than $20,000.