MOPAN Assessment of UNICEF

In 2021, MOPAN published its assessment of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This is the fifth MOPAN assessment of UNICEF, following previous ones in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015-16.




Founded in 1946, UNICEF's mission is to advocate for the protection of children's rights, help meet children's basic needs, and to expand opportunities for children to reach their full potential. In 2020, UNICEF faced formidable external challenges to its work on behalf of the world's children: sustainable development deficits, persistent humanitarian crises and fragility, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and environmental crises and climate change. Amidst internal challenges, such as translating programme results into gains at the outcome level, funding and resources, UNDS Reform, combatting sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and sexual harassment (SH), and making the best of opportunities, MOPAN finds UNICEF's performance to be strong and balanced across MOPAN's four main dimensions of multilateral effectiveness: strategic management, operational management, relationship management, and performance management.

Key MOPAN assessment findings

UNICEF is well-oriented towards its mission statement and mandate, able to capitalise on its main strengths.UNICEF is a forward-looking organisation which is evolving appropriately to address challenges to its operating model.Looking ahead, UNICEF’s ability to stay effective and fulfil its mission in such a complex global environment will depend on many factors. One of them is leveraging its comparative advantage in partnerships focused on accelerating results.

* For more key MOPAN findings on UNDP, read the report.

For UNICEF, the challenge of capitalising on its own strengths extends to leveraging its comparative advantage in relation to other actors at global and country levels.

This MOPAN assessment brings forward six areas for consideration by UNICEF, including reviewing the operating model, maximising national resources contributions at country level, and enhancing learning from monitoring and evaluation. By building on its strong organisational performance and addressing areas of challenges and ongoing reforms, UNICEF will increase its capacity to achieve strategic goals, drive systemic changes for children by 2030, and realise the rights of every child, especially the most disadvantaged.



Samer Hachem, Assessment Manager, MOPAN
Cara Yakush, Communications Manager, MOPAN

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