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Please be informed that the following Fast Track measures, which previously required Fast Track requests through an online activation form, have been mainstreamed into relevant policies and streamlined the required processes for faster actions.
1st December, 2016
Based Pooled Funds (CBPF) are designed to support cluster coordination and stronger
humanitarian leadership. Such funds are made available to UN agencies and NGOs
that participate in the country’s consolidated appeals process (CAP) or
Humanitarian Response Plan (HAP). The Guidelines on Engagement with NGOs under
CBPF supplements OCHA’s Operational Handbook for CBPFs(2015), and
provides guidance to Country Offices acting or considering to act as Managing
UNDP Country Offices in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic
of Congo, South Sudan, and Sudan are Managing Agents for CBPF grants to NGOs.
This work is not only important in the context of the UN’s humanitarian
delivery in protracted crisis situations, but also advances an agenda where
local actors are at the forefront of this response. The capacity-building work
that UNDP does through the CBPF’s also contributes to programming that advances
better collaboration across the humanitarian and development nexus. For questions
on this process, please contact Taija Kontinen-Sharp at email@example.com , Programme
Specialist, the Crisis Response Unit.
9th June, 2016
(a) Country offices are authorized to directly administer all local Fixed Term Appointments (FTA) and Temporary Appointments (TA), including classification and creation of positions. This should be conducted in a manner that is consistent with the existing policy on TAs and FTAs.
(b) Vacancy announcement for FTAs is shortened to one week.
(c) Competitive desk review in lieu of interview for recruitments of TAs and FTAs. Offices are now authorized to conduct desk review in lieu of an interview for all positions up to P-5 level. The desk review would still need to be conducted by an independent panel which adhere to the recruitment principles as set out in Policy on Selection and Recruitment Framework.
(d) Reference checks by phone. Offices are now authorized to opt to conduct reference check by phone for all recruitment modalities. The hiring unit should document the result of the reference check by phone as part of the supporting document for the recruitment.
This authority is granted to facilitate urgent procurement actions where bureau assessed the risk as low;In exercising this authority, the Bureau should consult with the R/ACP chair person.
The above authorities can be further delegated by the Regional Bureau Director to RCPO or other managers in your Bureau. However, a record of such sub-delegation should be shared with the CPO for record. See Procurement Review Committee policy for more details.
For offices with micro-purchasing threshold of USD 5,000, the RFQ limit is US$ 5,000 – US$ 149,999.For offices with micro-purchasing threshold of USD 10,000, the RFQ limit is US$ 10,000 – US$ 149,999.
(c) As Responsible Parties (RP), whereby the NGO/CSO is
responsible for the implementation of project activities or specific
components of a project, including the provision of specific inputs
and/or delivery of agreed outputs. RPs receive funding against the
achievement of milestones or the provision of goods and services under
the specific components of a project, and may receive advanced funds as
per the applicable Financial Regulations and Rules governing prepayment.
When amounts exceeds $ 30,000, the applicable HACT policy (i.e.
micro-assessment and assurance activities) will apply. See NGO as a Responsible Party policy.