ROLE OF THE JOINT PLANNING COMMITTEE (JPC) Mandate: The Joint Planning Committee (JPC) is constituted by the Declaration of Principles, signed by the Somali Transitional Federal Government and the United Nations on behalf of the members of the Coordination and Monitoring Committee (CMC) on 9 February 2005, as a joint mechanism, answerable to the CMC, with the mandate of translating agreed policy directives emerging from the CMC into operational policies and strategies. The JPC acts as the operational link between the technical level (the Joint Technical Committees) and policy level (the CMC). Central to the JPC mandate is its role in assessing compliance of all parties with agreed expectations. In order to construct, implement and monitor a positive direction for the transitional period at operational level, encouraging pursuit of peaceful coexistence, reconciliation and constructive engagement, and to permit greater leverage for both the Somali and International partners to work more effectively and flexibly but accountably, the JPC shall discharge this mandate through the following terms of reference: Be regarded by all partners party to the joint co-operation mechanism as the highest authority at the field level in matters of planning and co-ordination stipulated in the DoP and relevant documents. Focus its role and discussion on planning and co-ordination at strategic level of rehabilitation and development interventions. Information on the humanitarian assistance and protection needs shall also be available to the JPC for consideration in terms of the DoP. At the technical level, establish and coordinate joint sectoral and thematic committees and sub- committees. Be responsible for, and direct, regular and periodic analysis and processing of data and prepare concise reports in this regard including recommendations for the attention of the CMC. Prepares regular co-ordinated operational briefs for the attention of the CMC. Develop an operational work plan for approval by the CMC and subsequently coordinate its’ implementation Actively recognize and support the strategic leadership role of the Somali Transitional Federal Government and promote the participation of Somali Transitional Institutions and civil society in operational planning and coordination in the areas of humanitarian assistance, rehabilitation and development. The JPC shall inform the CMC on issues relating to operational access for appropriate discussion. Recommend to the CMC amendments to the Terms of Reference of the JPC when deemed necessary. Membership: Given its managerial role in operational planning and co-ordination at field level, the membership of the JPC will comprise senior level representatives (Ministers, country directors and senior managers) of operational institutions from both the Somali and International sides. The Co-Chairmanship and composition of the Joint Planning Committee will be periodically reviewed by the JPC and/or the CMC and, allow for flexibility and change should consensus be reached. The JPC will be chaired jointly by the Minister of Planning of the TFG, the World Bank and the United Nations The JPC membership will comprise senior level representatives of operational institutions: From the International Community’s side: 12 Committee members comprising: United Nations Resident Coordinator and 2 additional UN Agencies, World Bank, European Commission, IGAD, League of Arab States, African Union, INGO, and the Somali Donor Group, as represented by Sweden, Italy and the United Kingdom. From the Somali side: 12 Committee members comprising: Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation, Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Ministry of Lands and Settlement, Ministry of Women & Family Affairs, Ministry of Livestock, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Ministry of Social Welfare and Human Rights, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Treasury, a representative of: the Parliamentary Economic Committee, Chamber of Commerce and a Somali non- governmental organization consortium. Others: the JPC shall have the right to invite other individuals and organizations as deemed necessary. Rules of Procedure: The JPC shall draft its own Rules of Procedure addressing its operational modalities including frequency of meetings, location and by-laws including methodologies for decision making. The Rules of Procedure and Terms of Reference shall be recommended to and approved by the CMC. The JPC shall retain the right of reviewing its own Rules of Procedure by consensus and revisions shall require the approval of the CMC. The JPC shall be supported by the professional secretariat back-stopping the joint co-operation mechanism.
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