The proposed programme is aligned with national development priorities, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the UNFPA strategic plan. It builds on lessons drawn from the evaluation of the previous programme. The programme uses a human rights-based, participatory approach, and plays a catalytic role in promoting synergies, convergence, resource optimization and knowledge management. The programme will emphasize joint programming with other United Nations organizations, in particular the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNDP, UNICEF, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The UNDAF focuses on four outcomes, in the areas of systemic reform, social equity, youth and the environment. The UNFPA programme will focus on the first three UNDAF outcomes and on three UNFPA strategic plan outcomes through five outputs. The programme will seek to accelerate the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals, especially goals 4 and 5. It will increase the focus on advocacy and policy dialogue, with targeted pilot assistance centred on a few vulnerable groups in a small number of geographical areas.
UNFPA will complement the work of different international agencies working on reproductive health issues in Jordan. The programme will focus on social determinants, particularly gender dimensions, and on promoting an enabling environment for maternal health.
At the national level, UNFPA will generate data and operations research for improved policy advocacy, with the aim of increasing access to high-quality reproductive health services, promoting healthy lifestyles among young people, and protecting women from violence. Work at community and sub-national levels will be limited to piloting interventions that adopt human rights-based and gender-sensitive approaches. The focus will be on robust technical assistance and the sharing of experiences using various approaches, including South-South cooperation. UNFPA and the Government will undertake a rigorous risk assessment and stakeholder analysis to strengthen partnerships, coordination and results-based management.
UNFPA will focus on three main areas:
- Population dynamics
- Maternal and newborn health
- Gender equality and reproductive rights