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29. Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA), September 13th, 2018

The POPP subprocess for DSA (para 31 c) reflects the elimination of AI issuance and the abolishment of IC's on the topic. Specifically, the special DSA rates for NYC, GVA, and VIE which are available in the ICSC circular and no longer promulgated through an AI.

28. Furniture and Equipment: Property, Plant and Equipment (PPandE), June 12th, 2018

The updated Property Plant and Equipment (PP&E) section clarifies the nature of NGO involvement in Asset Management processes in response to the newly revised Programme and Project Management (PPM) chapter and also reflect the change to the asset certification process approved by the Senior management as part of the recent business streamlining initiatives.

27. Property, Plant and Equipment, June 12th, 2018

The updated Property Plant and Equipment (PP&E) section clarifies the nature of NGO involvement in Asset Management processes in response to the newly revised Programme and Project Management (PPM) chapter and also reflect the change to the asset certification process approved by the Senior management as part of the recent business streamlining initiatives.

26. Furniture and Equipment: Disposal and Write-Off, June 12th, 2018

The updated PP&E section clarifies the nature of NGO involvement in Asset Management processes in response to the newly revised Programme and Project Management (PPM) chapter and also reflect the change to the asset certification process approved by the Senior management as part of the recent business streamlining initiatives.

25. Plant and Property: Acquisition and Maintenance, June 12th, 2018

The updated Plant, Property and Equipment (PP&E) section clarifies the nature of NGO involvement in Asset Management processes in response to the newly revised Programme and Project Management (PPM) chapter and also reflect the change to the asset certification process approved by the Senior management as part of the recent business streamlining initiatives.

24. Leasehold Improvements: Acquisition and Maintenance, June 12th, 2018

The updated Plant, Property and Equipment (PP&E) section clarifies the nature of NGO involvement in Asset Management processes in response to the newly revised Programme and Project Management (PPM) chapter and also reflect the change to the asset certification process approved by the Senior management as part of the recent business streamlining initiatives. 

23. Leasehold Improvements: Depreciation, Reconciliations Reports and Centralized Functions, June 12th, 2018

The updated Plant, Property and Equipment (PP&E) section clarifies the nature of NGO involvement in Asset Management processes in response to the newly revised Programme and Project Management (PPM) chapter and also reflect the change to the asset certification process approved by the Senior management as part of the recent business streamlining initiatives.

22. Authorizing Official Business Travel, May 11th, 2018

One of the duty travel responsible party roles changed from "certifying officer" to "travel processor" to better reflect their duties. 

21. Post Travel, May 11th, 2018

One of the duty travel responsible party roles changed from "certifying officer" to "travel processor" to better reflect their duties.

20. Route, Mode of Transportation, and Standard of Accommodation, May 11th, 2018

One of the duty travel responsible party roles changed from "certifying officer" to "travel processor" to better reflect their duties. 

19. Authorizing Official Business Travel, January 1st, 2018

The policy's 'Templates and Guidelines' section features the latest Atlas Travel and Expense Guidelines.

18. Other Travel Allowances and Expenses, December 1st, 2017

The updated terminal benefits are in line with ST/IC/2001/43/Amend 4 in the policy when a vehicle is not provided.

For travel occurring 1 December onwards, the terminal allowance with respect to each authorized journey for each trip by public transport to and from the air terminal or other point of arrival or departure to the hotel or other place of dwelling has increased:   

Rates apply to:  

NEW YORK RATE  

For each trip  

Elsewhere Rate

For each trip  

Staff member or non-staff member when the travel is paid by UNDP unless otherwise expressly provided in the terms of their contract  From $63 to $78  From $38 to $47  
Family Member (if authorized to travel at UNDP expense)  From $21 to $26From $13 to $16

No terminal allowance is provided when a vehicle (government or otherwise) is provided or when transportation is made available.  

17. Other Travel Allowances and Expenses, October 26th, 2017

Updated terminal benefits to align with ST/IC/2001/43/Amend 4.

16. Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA), July 24th, 2017

The policy has been updated to reflect the replacement of the schedule in ST/IC/2015/25 with revised rates for the daily subsistence allowance in New York, Geneva and Vienna:
 
31 c) After 120 days, normally at 60 percent of the first-60-days rate. The after-120-days DSA rates for New York, Geneva and Vienna, are published separately in the annex to UN circular ST/IC/2017/20. 

15. Duty Travel-Route, Mode of Transportation, and Standard of Accommodation, June 15th, 2017

The policy has been updated in the following provisions;

a) A route should be most economical route;

b) Increase personal tolerance threshold to $500 at the discretion of the authorizing unit;

c) 'Cabin above economy' applies when there is no business class;

d) If the most economical fare does not include checked luggage, it is within the discretion of the authorizing unit to approve a higher fare including one piece of checked luggage; and

e) Revised advance purchase guideline from 21 days to 14 days when traveling in economy class.

14. Duty Travel-Other Travel Allowances and Expenses, June 15th, 2017

The reimbursement of the costs incurred by seat reassignment subject to an approval of authorizing unit subject to authorising unit. Policy provisions on the use of rental cars with provision of reduced Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) has been updated. 

13. UN Travel Documents and National Passport, June 1st, 2017

The application for United Nations Laissez-Passer/UN Family Certificates are now available in French and English as Word documents. (Procedure 1, Step 2).

12. Furniture and Equipment: Acquisition and Maintenance Policy, February 22nd, 2017

As per audit recommendations, responsibilities of regional bureaus/regional hubs and BMS have been clarified.

11. Property, Plant and Equipment (PP&E) policy, February 22nd, 2017

To adjust the changes on Furniture and Equipment: Acquisition and Maintenance policy which were made in Feb 2017 based on the audit recommendation, the following descriptions on Assets and closure of projects were added for clarification purpose.

Assets and closure of projects

  • No asset should be left in the closed project. Project cannot be closed if it has not completed disposal or transfer of its assets.
  • Well in advance of the project closure, project management should identify assets disposal methods taking into consideration respective provisions of the project document, UNDP Policy as well as local circumstances.

Assets disposal methods, requirements and procedures are described in details in the Disposal policy.

10. Asset Management, October 3rd, 2014

The asset capitalization threshold has increased from $500 to $1500 for UNDP and from $500 to $2500 for UNCDF. Additionally, the required number of years an asset should be depreciated (accounting useful life) has been updated and replacement useful life introduced.

9. Duty Travel, March 12th, 2014

A full review and revision of duty travel policies and procedures include the following changes:

1. Official air travel will be provided through purchasing the lowest fare in the applicable class of service, including restricted and non-refundable fares. Any changes or cancellations could require the re-purchasing of tickets, so travel plans should be confirmed prior to issuing tickets.

2. Tickets may be purchased for travel at any time during the travel day based upon business requirements, replacing the present practice of ticketing fares between the hours of 9 am to 9 pm. If security restrictions exist they will be communicated to the traveler by UNDSS during the travel security clearance process.   If the office deems they are unable to arrange appropriate transportation or are unable to address the staff member's personal security concerns due to the timing or flight arrival or departure, an exception must documented (e.g. TR at HQ) and approved by an authorizing official.

3. Eliminate cabin class downgrading for the purpose of personal side trips.

4. Leverage economies of scale: For groups of 20 or more, offices are required to secure preferential rates for participant's hotel accommodation. The benefits will be passed on to UNDP by establishing an ad-hoc DSA rate. Heads of Bureau shall review the location selection process and authorize the most economical option, including transportation, DSA and facilities costs.

5. Minimize the need for travel by requiring senior management approval for delegations of two or more staff in a similar substantive role, per Bureau, to participate in UN meetings, including for delegations led by ASG and above.

6. Strongly encourage the early purchase of tickets at least 21 days prior to travel to secure cheaper fares, and strongly discourage itinerary changes that result in change fees and higher airfares.

7. Consider Travel Alternatives/Go Green by a) strongly encouraging the use of virtual technology as a means of communication, and require the certification by managers that there are no alternative means which are feasible to meet the objectives of the proposed travel; b) strongly encouraging the use of public transport when the duration of the journey is less than five hours (e.g., train) when it results in cost savings; c) applying provisions of the sustainable procurement policy, when finalized, to the procurement of conference and hotel facilities for UNDP conferences; and d) encouraging staff to stay at "green" hotels, e.g. through local arrangement of corporate preferential rates in frequent destinations.

8. Withdraw the entitlement for overnight DSA while traveling on a plane, and commence paying DSA from the time that the traveler arrives at the destination. Early check-in fees are reimbursable for overnight fliers, up to a maximum of 50% of the applicable DSA rate for the location.

9. Reduce transit time currently included in determining business class entitlement from four hours to two hours.

10. Establish economy class as the mode of travel for learning and personal development, irrespective of the duration of the journey

11.  For staff at the ASG level, provide economy class travel for journeys of four hours or less within the same continent (excluding overnight travel when the traveler must work upon arrival).

12. Provide 100% travel advance for SC holders up to a maximum of one month's travel entitlements, provided the value of the advance does not exceed the remaining value of the SC contract. If the travel entitlement exceeds the value of the SC contract, 80% will be paid in advance.

13. Abolish the payment of terminal allowance when transportation is provided to the traveler.

14. Limit reimbursement for costs relating to obtaining a national passport to local staff required to travel outside of the country on official business travel.

15. Eliminate the requirement for purchase orders for business travel for Country Offices and Other Units Outside of HQ in New York.

8. Project Assets Management, February 24th, 2011

Assets Management section of Administrative Support Services chapter has been updated with the Project Assets Management.  The   process establishes procedures and systems to ensure compliance with the UNDP Financial Rules and Regulations and to ensure accurate reporting of all non-expendable (fixed) project assets. As stated in the UNDP Financial Regulations and Rules, the management of fixed assets includes all actions necessary for the acquisition and receipt, custody, maintenance and disposal of non-expendable assets which are controlled and safeguarded by UNDP. This includes the timely and proper location, tracking and record-keeping of all related transactions. The compliance with the procedures is an auditable requirement.

7. Closing local presences, November 3rd, 2010

Closing the local presences, the last element of the management of local presence corporate policy framework, is now available in ASD chapter. This section describes the process by which UNDP Country Offices may close presences outside the main office but directly dependent on it and located within the same country, and includes project offices, UNDP sub-offices and UN coordination offices.

6. Vehicles Management, Asset Management, more…, March 9th, 2010

The Administrative Services Management chapter has been updated to reflect procedures on day to day management/maintenance of vehicles and on the use of the UN flag on UNDP vehicles and UNDP premises.  The chapter now also provides guidance on usage of purchasing card for transactions valued less than USD 2,500.00 and details the associated approval process, including staff members' accountabilities and responsibilities.  

The asset management procedures previously located in Contract, Asset and Procurement Management chapter have now been moved into Insurance and Asset Management section of Administrative Services Management and establish systems for accurate reporting of all physical assets in compliance with the UNDP Financial Rules and Regulations.

5. Establishing UNDP-supported presences outside the country office, January 15th, 2010

Procedures on establishing UNDP-supported presences outside the country office have been finalized and published. Together with the corporate policy  and a guidance note  for practitioners, they constitute a comprehensive framework supporting and guiding UNDP country offices in establishing project offices, sub offices and UN coordination offices in post-crises, early-recovery and development contexts.
Located in the Administrative Services Management chapter with the Administrative Services Division being the content focal point, they include the following features:

  • Corporate key principles and processes guiding the set-up of local presences outside a country office;
  • Minimum requirements and approval processes for such presences;
  • Forms of HQ support to country offices seeking to set up local presences and
  • Tools and temples to conceive, plan and set-up local presence.

4. Policy for establishing a UNDP-supported presence outside the Country Office, August 24th, 2009

BOM and BCPR are finalizing procedures for the implementation of the Policy for Establishing a UNDP-Supported Presence outside the Country Office, recently endorsed by the Operations Group.  The policy and procedures aim to provide clear guidance to Country Offices establishing such offices outside the capital, and specifically:

  • Describes drivers for the establishment of local presences;
  • Defines different typologies for local-level presences, based on a delineation of functions and distinctive characteristics;
  • Clarifies requirements and accountabilities related to the establishment of local presences;
  • Identifies funding mechanisms and options for local-level presences.

The policy and accompanying procedures are scheduled to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2009.

3. HQ premises management, July 30th, 2009

HQs premises management covers the management of UNDP (office) space in its New York HQ .

2. Insurance management, July 28th, 2009

The Insurance process covers insurance policies and its practices in UNDP for the following:

  1. Shipment of Official Consignments/Goods (including UNDP HQ Furniture and Equipment);
  2. Unaccompanied Shipment of Personal Effects;
  3. Accompanied and Excess Baggage;
  4. Travel of Staff and of Staff's Recognized Dependents;
  5. UNDP Office Premises;
  6. UNDP Housing;
  7. Insurance of UNDP Vehicles

1. Travel (selection of route and unaccompanied shipment), July 3rd, 2009

Changes to the existing travel policy:

 

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