NG CARES Program Development Objectives
To Expand access to livelihood support and food security services, and grants for poor and vulnerable households and firms
The Programme will utilize the existing platforms of the identified three (3) Results Areas at the Federal and State levels. The Federal CARES Support Unit shall be supervised by Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP) without creating any add-on project implementation structure. Responsibility for day-to-day implementation support function shall be delegated to the FCSU. In this regard FMFBNP will empower the FCSU to have the operational autonomy and flexibility which it requires to effectively carry out this implementation support function.
The Federal CARES Steering Committee (FCSC) will provide overall policy direction to the Programme. The Steering Committee at the federal level will comprise key decision-makers from relevant MDAs. The FCSC will be chaired by the Federal Minister of State for Finance, Budget, and National Planning, and include minister of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; Federal Minister of Women Affairs; Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment; Federal Ministry of Environment; Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development; Federal Ministry of Education; Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Permanent Secretaries for Budget and National Planning, FMF, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the representative of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), as further detailed in the Program Implementation Manual. Among key role of the FCSC will be to:
The Federal CARES Technical Committee (FCTC) will be responsible for Programme oversight, overall technical guidance, strategic direction, review and approval of the Annual Work Programme and budget of the FCSU. As a subcommittee of the FCSC, the FCTC will be responsible for:
The Chairman of the Technical Committee serves as the secretary of the FCSC and the FCSU serve as the secretariat.
The Federal CARES Support Unit (FCSU) will be responsible for Programme management, day-to-day Programme support at the federal level, supporting the States (in conjunction with other Delivery Platforms) on technical and capacity issues, financial management, M&E, and peer learning. In this capacity, the FCSU will be responsible for ensuring that World Bank guidelines and procedures are followed on issues of procurement, disbursement, audit, overall financial management and ensure that the E&S guidelines are followed across the Programme implementation delivery units. The major subcomponents of the responsibilities of the FCSU are as follows:
The specific roles and responsibilities of the FCSU include the following:
The FCSU in providing technical support to the States shall work in collaboration with the following Institutions:
National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO)/National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO)
NASSCO leads in the development of the National Social Register (NSR). The State Delivery Platform shall use the State Social Register (SSR), URB in the North Eastern States and State Register of IDPs and other register of beneficiaries available at the State level for selecting beneficiaries as may be agreed with the World Bank. The NASSCO shall provide technical support to the States platforms to ensure that the SSR meets national standards. NASSCO is currently funded through a World bank assisted Programme – NASSP and so will not be funded from the NG CARES IPF resources in performing its role on State Social Registry.
National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO)
The NCTO shall provide technical support to the States on Results Area 1, specifically DLI 1 which is Social Transfer and DLI 1.3, livelihood support grants. NCTO shall guide the States on the use of the mined data of potential beneficiaries from the SSR, URB in the North Eastern States or SRB and the actual implementation of social transfer and grants to beneficiaries. NCTO is currently funded through a World bank assisted Programme – NASSP and so will not be funded from the NG CARES IPF resources in performing its role on supporting State Cash Transfer Units.
National Fadama Coordination Office (NFCO)
The National Fadama Coordination Office (NFCO) shall provide technical support to the States and FCT implementing Result Area 2 which is specifically focused on increasing food security and safe functioning of food supply chains for poor households. The NFCO shall liaise closely with the FCSU in the discharge of their responsibilities to the States and the FCT. The NFCO will deliver on its role through:
The BOI-GEEP Platform
As part of the Federal CARES Support Unit, the Bank of Industry (BOI) will provide technical support and guidance for Programme implementation of Result Area III (RA3) for all States.
Interface with the FCSU will be done through the BOI Delivery Lead, who will be supported by 1 Project Assistant. Within BOI, there will be two main branches established to support project implementation at the Federal and State levels. A description of the overarching responsibilities of the Federal Team is detailed below:
The BOI-GEEP platform will be responsible for delivering centralized support to ensure that all participating States have the same standardized tools for project execution and delivery. Capacity building for the States shall be provided by the BOI-GEEP Federal Team under the IPF funding window.
Some of the specific responsibilities for BOI will include:
Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF)
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) shall be responsible for the peer learning and experience sharing component of the NG-CARES Project with its proposed activities funded by the IPF. This support will ensure documentation of best practices across specific Result Areas to enable replication across other states. Knowledge Management will be at the centre of the support services provided by the NGF to ensure that relevant data and knowledge materials developed are properly utilized to support peer learning and advocacy. Activities will mainly include:
The Peer Learning Specialist shall be recruited by the NGF and will be the main interface with the FCSU, collecting data and materials generated by the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) unit of the FCSU for use by the NGF to drive peer learning and the distilling of good practices identified across the selected delivery platforms in the 36 States and FCT. The Peer Learning Specialist (Project Manager at the NGF) shall manage the activities as it relates to peer learning to support the effective delivery of the Programme objective; with an assistant and leveraging on backstop support from the other members of the NGF Secretariat and a pool of technical experts supporting peer learning interventions in the 3 Result Areas.
The NGF will be represented on the Federal CARES Support Unit, the Federal CARES Technical Committee and the Federal CARES Steering Committee.
To realize its considerable potential and to fulfil Federal Government’s commitment to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over a period of ten (10) years, Nigeria is determined to make tangible progress on multiple fronts, at both the Federal and sub-national levels. A large proportion of the citizens are however poor and hence the need for the mobilization of community and government machineries to provide required infrastructure for Human Capital Development on a sustainable basis.