The publication summarizes progress of the UN System in Barbados and the OECS towards achieving the outcomes of the UN Development Assistance Framework and charts out the work plan for 2013.
About UNDP in Barbados and the OECS
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been operational in Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), since 1980 (see Standard Basic Agreement between the Government of Barbados and UNDP). Our multi-country office works across ten countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to address common development challenges.
Our corporate context defines the work of UNDP Barbados and the OECS as a component of UN’s global development network, which advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.
UNDP Barbados and the OECS, during 2012 – 2016 will be implementing its new five-year Subregional Programme, through the implementation of a Multi-Country Programme Action Plan 2012 – 2016. The primary focus will be to support initiatives and programmes to help close the gaps identified in the Caribbean MDG Report 2012, including support for improvement in the management of natural resources and adapting to climate; and to address the priorities articulated by countries through consultative processes of the United Nations System for Barbados and the OECS.
UNDP Barbados and the OECS’ new programme for the period 2012 to 2016 was developed in line with the UNDP corporate priorities, and the elaboration of national and subregional development priorities identified through the consultative processes which defined the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2012 - 2016 and the National Development and Sectoral Plans of the subregional governments.
UNDP operates within the UNDAF in an overarching five year plan for the UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, operational in Barbados and the OECS. In addition to the UNDAF, the UN Subregional Team produced a Subregional Analysis, commonly known as the Common Country Assessment (CCA), which assessed development within the subregion, to identify key development issues that could be best addressed at the subregional level.
In addition, UNDP operated within its Multi-Country Programme Action Plans (MCPAP), which also spans a five year period. In December 2011, UNDP Barbados and the OECS, submitted the draft MCPAP, as outlined in the 2012 – 2016 Subregional Programme Document for review and endorsement.
In the subregion, all of our activities are undertaken in close coordination with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, operational in Barbados and the OECS. UNDP works in partnership with the Governments of Barbados and the OECS, civil society, community based organizations, the private sector, academia, regional institutions and international development partners. At the national level, UNDP works with nationally appointed focal points and line ministries.
What do we want to accomplish?
Within our multi-country context, our aim is to create an enabling environment where our national governments have the capacities for inclusive and sustainable human development; meet their regional commitments, and internationally agreed goals including the Millennium Development Goals. To accomplish this, UNDP works in partnership with Governments of Barbados and the OECS, civil society, community based organizations, the private sector, academia, regional institutions and international development partners.
What are our results?
Within each of UNDP’s four practices, UNDP Barbados and the OECS advocates for the protection of human rights and especially the empowerment of women. Through regional and global networks, UNDP Barbados and the OECS shares ways to promote gender equality as an essential dimension of ensuring political participation and accountability; economic empowerment and effective development planning; crisis prevention and conflict resolution; access to clean water, sanitation and energy services; the best use of new technologies for development purposes; and society-wide mobilization against HIV/AIDS.
UNDP Barbados and the OECS supports the strengthening of democracy and governance and the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable human development for its 10 country programmes.
The first of the Millennium Development Goals, seeks to achieve a 50% reduction in those living in abject poverty by 2015, and UNDP Barbados and the OECS is working with partners, governments and communities to achieve this. UNDP recognizes that in order to address poverty problems directly, it is only logical to involve those who are directly affected by it. To this end, UNDP Barbados and the OECS Secretariat have sought to implement initiatives to facilitate poverty reduction and social policy formulation.
UNDP’s work in crisis prevention and recovery helps countries prevent armed conflict, alleviate the effects of natural disasters and built back better and stronger after crises. The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Portfolio of the UNDP Barbados and the OECS falls within the Crisis Prevention and Recovery Practice Area. This project supported the implementation of a post disaster assessment, formulation of recovery plans and programmes in St. Lucia as well as St. Vincent and the Grenadines after Hurricane Thomas.
Energy and environment are essential for sustainable development. The poor are disproportionally affected by environmental degradation and lack of access to clean energy services. These issues are also global as climate change, loss of biodiversity and ozone later depletion cannot be addressed by countries acting alone. UNDP Barbados and the OECS Environment Assistance Portfolio is designed to protect and regenerate the environment and natural resource asset base for sustainable human development.
Who are the decision makers?
The Resident Coordinator, Mr. Stephen O'Malley, heads the UN System in Barbados and the OECS and is also the Resident Representative for UNDP Barbados and the OECS. Our Resident Representative is assisted by Ms. Lara Blanco, Deputy Resident Representative whose primary focus is with Programmes, and Mr. Henry Mangal, Operations Manager. There are four programme units in the Country Office: Energy and Environment and Climate Change, Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction, and Crisis Prevention and Recovery - each headed by a Programme Manager.
How many are we?
Service Contractors - Barbados and the OECS
||Job Title||Project Title||Amount of contract (USD)/contract duration|
|Consultant 1||Finance||General Management
||$32,400.00 / 12 months
|Consultant 2||Subregional Programme Associate||GEF/SGP||$39,900.00 / 12 months|
|Consultant 3||National Coordinator||GEF/SGP||$36,750.00 / 12 months|
|Consultant 4||National Coordinator||GEF/SGP||$49,000.00 / 12 months|
|Consultant 5||Project Coordinator||Poverty Reduction||$71,400.00 / 12 months|
|Consultant 6||Project Officer||Regional Risk Reduction Initiative (R3i)||$56,230.00 / 12 months|
|Consultant 7||Project Officer||Enhancing Resilience to Reduce Vulnerability in the Caribbean||$38,842.00 / 12 months|
|Consultant 8||Project Coordinator||R3i||$77,600.00 / 12 months|
|Consultant 9||National Coordinator||GEF/SGP||$37,630.00 / 12 months|
|Consultant 10||National Coordinator||GEF/SGP||$37,630.00 / 12 months|
|Consultant 11||National Coordinator||GEF/SGP||$58,800.00 / 12 months|
|Individual Consultants||Project Title||Amount of contract (USD)/contract duration|
|Consultant 1||Preparation of Land Degradation Assessment||$56,000.00 / April - June 2012|
|Consultant 2||Farmers Training in Sustainable Land Managment||$59,700.00 / April - June 2012|
|Consultant 3||Public Awareness in Sustainable Land Management Project Report||$50,000.00 / April - June 2012|