The Second Independent Evaluation (SIE) concluded in 2009. Work continues to implement the agreed recommendations. This section includes all relevant SIE documentation.
(updated; originally posted 31 Jan 2012)
UNAIDS has published the much anticipated guidance for partnerships with civil society, including people living with HIV and key populations (pdf). The creation of this document was based on a decision point from the conclusions of the Second Independent Evaluation (SIE) of UNAIDS at the 25th PCB meeting in December 2009, which requested that:
Madam Chair, as the NGO Delegation, we continue to be aligned with ever-relevant sentiments of page 11 of the UNAIDS Getting to Zero Strategy for 2011-2015 that upholds that: “Partnerships give voice to the people who are infected and affected by HIV and act as a catalytic force for change and provide accountability for political commitments.” The NGO Delegation is committed to bringing the diverse voices of people living with and affected by HIV to UNAIDS and the Cosponsors. We are responsible for supporting and nurturing broader and more meaningful engagement of civil society. Opportunities to advocate for, to deliver, and to create change is tantamount to the HIV response at every echelon from the grassroots to the global.
We were pleased by the board decision to create a partnership guidance by the 29th PCB to provide guidance on how the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), its Cosponsors and Secretariat (working at national, regional and global levels) strengthens, operationalizes and provides a minimum package of standards for partnership work with civil society. We find this guidance to be an essential tool to enable the UN to deliver the targets and elimination commitments agreed in the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS.
Madame Chair, we take note of the internal transformation currently happening within UNAIDS, through the implementation of the Human Resources Strategy, issued in November 2010 and underpinned by a competency framework, aimed at strengthening the Secretariat’s ability to deliver on its mandate. We appreciate the report by the Staff Association as it provides a glimpse into the lived experience of the real capital of this institution: its people. We welcome the commitments we have heard to “change with a human face” as well the reports of dialogue between staff and administration, recognizing from our experiences on the ground, that dialogue creates commitment, accountability and solutions; we wish to see the transparent dialogue continue. We are encouraged by the progress we see to review non-staff contracts to ensure that everyone doing staff work has a staff contract and appropriate conditions of service, including health insurance. We look forward to continued reports on progress.
We take note of the functional review conducted, which aims to ensures optimal deployment of staff at headquarters, regional and country levels, to strengthen country focus, to maximise value for money and to lower overall operating costs.
The NGO Delegation commends the work of the Secretariat and Cosponsors to follow-up on the recommendations of the Second Independent Evaluation (SIE), particularly those with regards to partnership with civil society, issues of governance, the united budget and workplan, human resources, and technical support.
While we note significant progress on all recommendations, we look forward to seeing the work that remains on some activities related to various recommendations made by the SIE and taken forward to ensure that the intent of each individual recommendation is fully realised.
We can appreciate the need to finalise the implementation of the recommendations, but urge the Secretariat to afford the follow-up on the recommendations the attention that it deserves in order to ensure that the SIE is truly a platform for change as envisioned.
The NGO Delegation received the SIE recommendations very eagerly, as we saw it as an opportunity to improve the working of the PCB and the effectiveness and efficiency of the Joint Programme. We recognized that as good governance members, we needed to promote the principles of accountability, oversight, and transparency in the way that the SIE was handled. For our constituency, it also meant that we needed to ensure that any changes at UNAIDS have impacts in the daily lives of individuals living with, at risk of, vulnerable to, and affected by HIV.