2nd Annual Joint Planning Workshop sets the course towards a sustainable year with sustainable results
Following last year's success, the second Zambia Green Jobs Programme joint planning workshop kicked off on February 9 in Siavonga and concluded on February 12, with final work plans for each of its composite eight technical assistance projects. More than 30 participants from the UN system, public and private sector and academia gathered at the Lake Kariba Inn to create plans and activities for 2016.
The planning workshop was divided into two parts with the first two days dedicated to team exercises involving the participating UN agencies, FAO, ITC, UNEP, UNCTAD and ILO as the lead agency. During the final two days of the meeting, the UN ZGJP team was joined by its external implementing partners including Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, National Council for Construction, National Association of Medium and Small-Scale Contractors, Zambia Association of Women in Construction, the Copperbelt University, Lafarge Zambia, Association of Building and Construction Engineers, National Pension Scheme Authority Pension Scheme, Worker's Compensation Fund Control Board, Zambia National Association of Sawmillers, Thorn Park Construction Training Centre, Copperbelt Sawmillers and Timber Growth Association, University of Zambia, Zambia Development Agency and Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Organization.
The planning meeting kicked off with motivational exercises to boost team work and morale. This was followed by an overview of the programme results chain given by ZGJP Chief Technical Advisor Mr Tapera Muzira to increase the understanding of the logical flow of results and how it relates to each project component.
The ZGJP Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Mr Tommy Mateo, gave an overview of the Donor Community on Enterprise Development (DCED) Standards for Result Measurements upon which the ZGJP revised log frame has been aligned to. The DCED standards are increasingly recognised as best practice in results measurement and allow for, amongst others, interaction with other programmes for exchange and learning in key skill areas around results measurement.
On the third day, the programme external implementing partners joined the workshop and were engaged in a rotational networking exercise allowing for all of the partners to gain a more enhanced understanding of the programme and its various components.
To further explain the programme's awareness-raising activities and communication channels, Communication and Publicity Officer Ms. Helene Thor gave an overview of the official ZGJP communication strategy, highlights achieved in 2015 and upcoming plans for 2016.
The remaining time was dedicated to collaborative work on finalising the 2016 work plans. The workshop concluded with presentations of the draft work plans by each component manager together with its implementing partners. During subsequent plenary discussions the work plans were finalised and ready for consolidation.
Some of the agreed outputs for 2016 include concrete activities and targets such as the official launch of the Sustainable Housing Guidelines and the Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines, the development of a business case for green technology, the continuation of Start and Improve Your Green Construction Business (SIYGCB) Training of Trainers, participation in the 2016 Zambia International Property Expo and the validation of the Code of Practice for the forestry sector.
The final consolidated work plan will be presented to the ZGJP Steering Committee for review and adoption.
Photo caption: Mr Christopher Chabala, Benefits Manager, Workers Compensation Fund Control Board and Patrick Chabwe, Actuarial Liability Manager, National Pension Scheme Authority, discussing activities and work plans for 2016.