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You may have seen a recent news article published by Fox News which was critical of the Umoja project, its budget and progress.

We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that the article was both misleading and inaccurate and invite you to read the official letter from the Spokesperson to the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Editor-in-Chief of Fox News, in direct response to their article.

We assure UN Staff around the world that the Umoja project is proceeding on schedule and has gained renewed faith from UN Senior Management as well as the Member States, thanks to the efforts and talents of the many colleagues involved in this project, its restructured governance and deployment plans. With just 130 days to go before the Pilot of the Umoja solution at UNIFIL Lebanon, we are confident that the Umoja project is now on a path to success.

The Umoja solution includes core implementation of the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning software (ERP) and a thorough streamlining of all UN administrative processes. By 2016, the UN Secretariat as a whole will have transitioned to Umoja as its central administrative tool, leaving behind multiple and fragmented IT legacy systems, promising a simplified and real-time approach to the Organization’s management of finances, resources and assets.

Umoja Foundation will be deployed first at UN Peacekeeping (DPKO) Missions supported by the Department of Field Support (DFS) by the end of 2013. The first deployment will be in Pilot form at the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) on 1 July 2013, followed closely by an additional fifteen UN Peacekeeping Missions on 1 October 2013 (including UNMISS, UNISFA, UNAMID, MONUSCO and UNMIL, among others). 

As we have learned from studying ERP implementations at other diverse public sector and governmental organizations, it is clear that a well-executed training plan is a major factor for a successful transition at any large organization to a new administrative process using new software.

A “Train-the-Trainer” approach will be key to addressing the challenges of the large-scale deployment of Umoja. This will begin in Peacekeeping in 2013. By training local trainers at each Mission to deliver Umoja end-user training to Staff at their sites, Umoja will be able to reach and train approximately 2,500 end-users by the end of 2013. This approach will be replicated for the rest of the global Secretariat as Umoja’s deployment proceeds in scope and functionality beyond Peacekeeping in 2014. 

The Umoja Foundation Training Curriculum is comprised of approximately 60 courses, including such titles as “Umoja Overview”, “Umoja Requisitioning”, “Umoja Goods Receipt”, and “Umoja Funds Management”. Courses will be delivered using a combination of computer-based training (using the web-based uPerform software), instructor-led training workshops held at training hubs (such as the UN Global Support Centre in Brindisi) and quick-reference handouts. Umoja training courses will familiarize end-users with SAP (the software at the core of the Umoja solution), the technical specifications of the new solution and how to execute UN and Mission-specific transactions.

Umoja would like to thank our colleagues at the Department of Field Support for their hard work and invaluable collaboration on the Umoja deployment and training efforts. We look forward to a successful implementation at the Missions in 2013!

To learn more about the Umoja project please visit our site http://umoja.un.org, where you can also find the February 2013 edition of the Umoja Times newsletter.

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 Originally published on iSeek in English and French on 22 February 2013, New York

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