UNDP implements their projects and programmes primarily through partner organisations. In recent years, more and more emphasis has been put on the work of these partners, which had caused strains on the implementation capacity of the partners.
UNDP's partners had quickly grown in size without having had the opportunity to adapt organisational systems, processes and management practices. Particularly this was felt in their financial management, HR management, project management and M&E capacity.
MDF started with a participatory self-assessment of the five partner organisations, with inputs from the previously conducted OCAs. We then designed tailored OD journeys for each partner, including strategic planning, leadership, results-based management, report and proposal writing, finance, operational and HR management. All trainings were followed up with coaching. Due to Covid, all OD activities took place online sessions, despite limited online connectivity in Rakhine State.
The outcomes we harvested included the development of multi-annual strategic plans, with updated vision, mission and values statements. These documents were then introduced in the organisations. All partners adopted an M&E frameworks, stipulating systematic ways of working and clearer role division among staff. Lastly, most partners updated their financial, HR and operational tools and guidelines.