On 31 May 2018, all 193 countries agreed to take forward the most ambitious and comprehensive change process of the UN development system to make the UN fit for purpose to support the 2030 Agenda. To effectively deliver on the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda, a new generation of strategic, flexible, results- and action-oriented UNDAFs is needed at country level. The revitalized UNDAF should reflect the UN’s contribution to real improvements in people’s lives while respecting the choices and opportunities open to them and is integral to a UN’s role that is more focused, relevant to the agenda at hand, and invested in the value-add that the UN brings together to a country. The revitalized UNDAF Guidance was adopted by UN SDG to promote a full transition to a new generation of UNDAFs as a single and primacy UN document for the UN support on the 2030 Agenda, including in the humanitarian and crisis contexts.  


The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development has developed a course to enable the UN staff at country level and those in respective oversight and support roles at regional and global level to design more flexible and impactful medium-to-long term strategic frameworks for the UN, governments and other stakeholders to improve people’s lives with leaving no one behind. The course offers a mix of knowledge and skills to build the capacities of the UN for designing news UNDAFs as a vehicle for leveraging financing and investment, an advocacy strategy, an enabler for greater efficiencies, and a compact for mutual accountability and transparency. Participants will gain an enhanced knowledge of UN programming tools and instruments and their practical application in UN development work.



Upon successful completion of this course, the participants will:

  • have a common understanding of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its implications for the effectiveness of UN System work at country level;
  • have a common vision of the new generation of UNDAFs as a partnership framework for delivering the UNDS’ collective response in support of the country’s sustainable development needs and priorities;
  • understand how UNDAFs will aim at accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda implementation by addressing bottlenecks with a focus on those left behind;
  • understand how UNDAFs will serve as a vehicle to leverage and channel financing and investment in the country’s sustainable development priorities;
  • be able to use the revised UNDAF Guidance and the accompanying Companion Pieces, and the Standard Operating Procedures to effectively support national efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

The course is interactive in nature and will use real-life examples and exercises to offer opportunities for participants to learn and internalise critical elements of the training programme. It uses a blended format of instructional sessions, experience-sharing and peer-to-peer learning.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

Day 1: Global context, imperatives of the 2030 Agenda and implications for the UN.

Day 2: UNDAFs as an instrument for accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda: design criteria for UN common country analysis and new approaches to data and evidence in the new generation of revitalized UNDAFs.

Day 3: Scope and content of UNDAFs as a partnership framework. UNDAF as a vehicle to leverage and channel financing and investment in the country’s sustainable development priorities. UNDAFs and agency specific instruments.

Day 4: UNDAF as a mutual accountability framework for results. UNDAF as an advocacy strategy.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

Regional and Country Office staff, field level managers, UN strategic planners, Chairs/members of UNDAF groups/task teams and UN Coordination officers/advisors.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of 2,500 USD will cover the following:


  • four days of training with a balance of presentations and group work on case studies and exercises;
  • exclusive access to UNSSC online social learning environment with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues;
  • all course materials, resources and contacts.


Participants are expected to cover all travel costs related to their attendance in the course.


Certificates from the UN System Staff College will be awarded to participants upon completion of the course.

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