Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Background Information - Job-specific
The United Nations Department of Operational Support, Office of Supply Chain Management, Logistics Division (UN DOS/OSCM/LD) is responsible for implementing Supply Chain Management in support of the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Operational Support (DPO/DOS) missions as well as Special Political Missions (SPMs).
The United Nations Department of Operational Support provides dedicated support to international peace operations, including to UN peacekeeping, special political and other field missions. Through its four divisions, it supports the requirements of the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Operational Support (DPO/DOS) missions as well as Special Political Missions (SPMs).
LD plays an integral role in the global operations of the field missions. It is one of the fundamental infrastructure components that support the substantive work and the delivery of peacekeeping and special political missions’ mandates. Efficient and reliable logistics support is a core strategic, operational and tactical pillar of field missions and the United Nations at large. Therefore, ensuring that a robust and fault-tolerant supply chain infrastructure is in place to sustain operations is a necessary and permanent consideration.
The division is currently implementing an ‘end-to-end’ integrated supply chain management with a view to achieving DOS vision of a well-managed and agile supply chain to support United Nations field missions with effectiveness and efficiency. The overall supply chain management process starts and ends with clients-development and management of consolidated demand/requirements of all clients and fulfillment of client’s requirements through strategic sourcing and delivery. The process is enabled by a robust performance management framework and supported by solution such as Umoja.
Umoja is the project approved by the General Assembly resolution 63/262 that aims at the transformation of the United Nations Secretariat by enabling high-quality, cost-effective service delivery to support the execution of evolving mandates everywhere the Organization operates.
Umoja, which means "unity" in Swahili, will unite the many support and administrative entities throughout the Secretariat, including in peacekeeping and field missions, through re-designed and common processes for the management of all financial, human and physical resources; a single integrated information system; and training of staff.
In February 2015, LD (previously LSD) was designated as Umoja process owner for logistics. As logistics process owner, LD led Phase 1 of the supply chain management deployment of Umoja Extension 2, also known as the Galileo Decommissioning Project that successfully completed the deployment of Umoja supply chain solution to peacekeeping and special political missions in September 2017, replacing the Galileo system. The project was implemented through a dedicated project team within LD. Since January 2017, that project team was merged with DOS IPSAS-Umoja team along with responsibility for coordinating an expanded portfolio of Umoja deployments. Known as the DOS Umoja Coordination Office, the team is responsible for deploying multiple project streams to peacekeeping and special political missions, including: UE2–Supply Chain Management (UE2-SCM) stream that include: demand planning, supply network planning, transport management, track and trace and material master transformation; the Strategic Planning and Performance Management stream (covering budget formulation and relationships with donors and implementing partners; conference and events management, force management and planning
UNOPS has been requested to assist in the implementation of this activity for DOS/OSCM/LD Umoja Coordination Service.
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, the ERP Change and Deployment Coordinator will perform the following duties: