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August 2012

July 2012

  • ‡‡Chef de Cabinet informed Heads of Departments that the 2012 Senior Manager's Compact would include three performance measures to support Umoja's implementation

June 2012

  • ‡‡Steering Committee endorsed entity-by-entity deployment approach
  • ‡‡GA (A/RES/66/263) decided that the position of Umoja Project Director shall be at the level of Assistant Secretary-General, with effect from 1 July 2012

May 2012

  • ‡‡Under-Secretary-General for Management assumed roles as Chair of Steering Committee and Project Owner

April 2012

  • Steering Committee named Process Owners (Assistant Secretaries-General for OHRM, OPPBA, OCSS, and DGACM, and the Director of Logistics Support, DFS) as the principal change agents for their end-to-end, cross-functional processes

March 2012

Late 2011

  • Procurement of vendor for "build" phase began

Third progress report of the Secretary-General (A/66/381) reported delays and a new timeline with a revised implementation approach. The system would be rolled out in two releases:

  • Umoja Foundation – Deployment: 2013 - 2014
    • Support IPSAS requirements
    • Business processes include: finance, assets, procurement, property, equipment, and inventory management
  • Umoja Extension – Deployment: late 2014 - 2015
    • HR and travel, budget formulation, results based management, force planning, demand planning, logistics execution, conference and event management, document production and distribution, full grants management, and commercial activities
  • ACABQ (A/66/7/Add.1) and the GA (A/RES/66/246) reinforced the importance of Umoja's successful implemenation and called for greater accountability

June 2011

  • ‡‡Under-Secretary-General for Management resigned as Steering Committee Chair
  • ‡‡Deputy Secretary-General was requested to serve as Steering Committee Chair, ad interim

May 2011

  • ‡Project Director departed upon deciding not to renew his contract
  • The Umoja Steering Committee approves a revised implementation approach.

Late 2010

  • Final Design Phase kicked off
  • Process presentations – Executive Solution Summaries (ESS) – developed, setting the foundation for completion of final design

Second progress report of the Secretary-General (A/65/389) is published:

  • Brought two issues to attention of the GA:
    • Prolonged negotiations to procure preferred ERP software package
    • Prolonged recruitment and difficulty finding certain skill sets
  • ACABQ (A/65/576) and the GA (A/RES/65/259) welcomed project progress

June 2010

United Nations and SAP Public Services signed a contract for the provision of the core software for Umoja.

Late 2009

First progress report of the Secretary-General (A/64/380) on Umoja is published:

  • ACABQ (A/64/7/Add.9) and the GA (A/RES/64/243) endorsed the "pilot-first" implementation approach and provided for a budget of 315 million USD

Early 2009

  • Full-time project team formed
  • Multi-year budget account established
  • Current policies, procedures, and processes reviewed by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
  • GA progress reporting framework developed

January 2009

Steering Committee endorsed the name "Umoja" (Swahili for "unity").

December 2008

GA Resolution 63/262 established the mandate for the UN's administrative reform initiative with seed funding of 20 million USD.

December 2007

Detailed functional requirements completed (as they were understood at the time).

March 2006 – December 2007

As approved by the General Assembly (GA) in Resolution 60/283, small core team of 16 UN staff began fundamental activities (i.e. resourcing, functional requirements, business process re-engineering).

  • Representative staff from Headquarters (HQ), Offices Away from HQ (OAHs), Regional Commissions and Field Missions contributed to requirements-gathering
  • Requirements for cost accounting, IPSAS, recruitment, procurement and associated management reporting
  • Scope refinement and business process re-engineering activities commenced

March 2006

Secretary-General proposed replacing the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS), Galaxy and other stand-alone IT systems with a single, integrated platform to support full range of UN management administrative functions (A/60/692 and Corr. 1, Proposal 10).