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January 29, 2021 - The updated Direct Payments policy is now available. The summary of the major changes and their implication on UNDP Offices are as follows:
- Clarification has been made in para 2 that direct payments must be performed through an approved FACE form, requesting UNDP to make payment directly to the vendor on behalf of the Partner, and the Implementing Agent code must be the Partner’s code;
- Clarity has been added for non-local currency denominated payments to national implementation projects in para 8 which should be submitted to UNDP HQ Treasury for appropriate approval in accordance with UNDP Financial Regulations and Rule 125.06;
- Clarification has been added on reviews of FACE form, including the list of red flags in para 12 and 13 that potential signs of fraud or misuse of funds shall be observed, reviewed, investigated and documented. Direct payment should not be processed until the potential red flags are fully investigated and confirmed to be valid;
- Procedures offices should take to address unsupported payments reflected in assurance reports, including audits and spot checks, has been added in para 14.
April 06, 2018 - The Direct Payment policy is now available in Spanish. To access the document, click the Spanish language tab.