1. Effective programme management (UNDP password required)
Effective electoral programme management has several basic characteristics, but management structures also need to be tailored to country contexts. These include situations where UN peacekeeping or political mission structures are in place.
2. Execution and implementation options
DEX/DIM is currently the default modality for electoral assistance projects. The DPA-UNDP Note of Guidance on Electoral Assistance stipulates that special caution should be exercised in the selection of national implementation modality (NEX/NIM) in electoral assistance projects given the political and often sensitive nature of the electoral environment. It says that NEX/NIM should be limited to cases in which there has been full consultation with DPA, UNDP Regional Bureaus, UNDP/BDP and where an assessment reveals sufficient capacity and impartiality on the part of the executing agent. Discussion about implementation arrangements should be undertaken during the needs assessment process and reflected in its recommendations. The selection of implementation modalities will eventually yield to harmonized country programming.
3. Capacities for implementation
An assessment of UNDP’s internal capacities should cover those typically required for electoral assistance, including technical, managerial, administrative and financial capacities.
4. A sound procurement strategy (UNDP password required)
Drafting a procurement plan is now a mandatory step in project design. For an electoral assistance project, it should cover both election materials and expertise. Time and quality are crucial factors, since delays or shortfalls can have serious implications for the electoral schedule.