The twice extended UNICEF medium-term strategic plan (2006-2013) will conclude this year. The next plan for the period 2014-2017 synchronised with UNDP, UNFPA and UN-Women strategic planning cycles will be discussed in draft form during the annual session of the UNICEF Executive Board and adopted at the Second Regular Session in September, 2013. The preparation of the plan is informed by the End-of-Cycle review of the current plan that was presented at the February session of the Executive Board.
The end-of-cycle (EoC) review of the MTSP 2006-2013 (summarized in E/ICEF/2013/4) provided an opportunity to analyse the progress made towards the child-related Millennium Development Goals; assess the effectiveness of each programme strategy to achieve results; and review the changing context as a key input to the planning of the next MTSP. The next MTSP will include limited but strategic shifts in the substantive emphasis of the plan as well as more significant modifications in the mix of programme strategies to support countries to achieve results while retaining enough flexibility to enable UNICEF to develop country programmes of cooperation that respond to the specific needs of each country context.
Click on the chart for the time table for the current strategic planning process.
The EoC review of the plan was informed by several analytic and strategic reviews including the following:
1. In-depth thematic reviews on each of the focus areas and humanitarian action:
2. Survey of UNICEF country offices and
3. Survey of Member states and UNICEF National committees
MTSP and Executive Board
The UNICEF Executive Board in its decision 2011/12 requested UNICEF to present, at the first regular session of 2012, for approval by the Executive Board, a "roadmap" towards the medium-term strategic plan for 2014-2017, including the results-based management framework and indications of how this work relates to the integrated budget of UNICEF.
Additional consultations are held with the Executive Board from time to time.
Peer Review Group on Results Based Management in next MTSP
UNICEF has established a peer review group of experts on Results Based Management drawn from Member states and UN agencies to a) identify ways to strengthen linkages of the strategic plan results frameworks with country programmes of cooperation and global and regional priorities; b) establishing targets and benchmarks; c) exchange ideas and experiences on good practices; and d) agree on principles of applying RBM in the next plan.
The peer review group met in May, 2012 and followed up its consultations virtually through half day consultations in November, 2012 and in February, 2013.
Consultation with Member states, UN agencies and INGOs
UNICEF will organize a consultation workshop on 22nd March 2013 for member states, UN agencies and INGOs to review various elements of the strategic plan that is under preparation.
UNICEF presented the outline of the new MTSP at the first regular session of the Executive Board in 2013. UNICEF in the new MTSP for 2014-2017 is proposing seven high level results. Early versions of the draft result frameworks as work in progress are available below:
The workshop discussed the strategic orientation of the MTSP; the proposed integration of the normative principles of human rights, gender and environmental sustainability and the approach to programme strategies including benchmarks for measuring and reporting. It was also an opportunity to review the link with the Results and Resources Framework in the Integrated Budget.
The session-wise presentations at the workshop are available here:
The draft summary of this workshop is available here.