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The Umoja team is working on multiple tracks to move the organizational transformation forward to enable high-quality and cost-effective service delivery to the Organization’s beneficiaries around the world.

The Umoja pilot may have just successfully deployed, but Umoja colleagues have their eyes also on the horizon and are planning for future milestones. One of the most complex tasks is to ensure that UNHQ, the Offices away from headquarters and the regional commissions  are fully prepared for the deployment of Umoja next year.

A dedicated team known as the Business Re-engineering Group (BRG) has been established to help make this happen. The BRG will drive the adoption of Umoja in order to migrate from different operating models around the world to one single, common approach.

The UN Department of Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Alexander Barabanov as Director of the Umoja Business Re-engineering Group. Mr. Barabanov commenced his new duties on 15 July 2013 and reports directly to the Project Director of Umoja, Assistant Secretary-General Ernesto Baca. His functions will necessitate his working in close collaboration with the Umoja Project and Process Owners.

As Director of the Umoja BRG, Mr. Barabanov will be responsible for the alignment of all the business re-engineering efforts with the guidance issued by the Process Owners. He will also provide advice to the Process Owners, the Umoja Project Director and managers involved in improving and refining the new operating model. He will be supported by a small team of highly qualified professionals assigned by the Umoja Process Owners, Offices Away from Headquarters, Regional Commissions and the existing Umoja team. 

Mr. Barbaranov is a 24-year veteran of the United Nations Organization. He joined the United Nations in 1990. After serving in the Office for Human Resources Management from 1990 to 1994 and in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Guatemala from 1995 to 1996, he oversaw the establishment of the then-new UN Office at Nairobi in 1996. He has served as the Director of Administration at UNON for the past 17 years.

While Mr. Barabanov will remain based in Nairobi as the new Director of the Umoja BRG, he stepped down as Director of Administration for UNON effective 15 July.  An officer-in-charge of Administration at UNON will be designated in the next few days.