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Manage Change


These single-page guides offer overviews of all key roles, documents and guidance for managing change in a programme or development project. They are usable on- and offline as a checklist and roadmap to help you manage tasks efficiently and securely.



1.0 Relevant Regulations and Rules
Staff regulations and staff rules, including provisional staff rules, of the United Nations

2.0 Policies
Main Policy
Manage Change
3.0 Procedures
Main Procedures

Programme Revision

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Programme Extension

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Programme Suspension

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Project Revisions

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Language English | Español | Français
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Focal Point
Mamadou Ndaw,Teuku Rahmatsyah
Effective Date
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Summary of Changes/Comments
January 26, 2023 The policy and procedures have been updated to reflect UNDP's transition to its new cloud-based management platform Quantum in January 2023, replacing its previous ATLAS system.

December 1, 2022 - Step 3 of the Project Revisions procedures have been updated with the UNSDG-endorsed Guidance on the New Generation of Joint Programmes. The guidance defines joint programmes within the UN development system reform context and articulates governance and management arrangements at the country level. The guidance note is linked in Step 3.0 under explanatory notes.

June 17, 2022 - The policy has been updated to add a new section on “Making changes to the evaluation plan” (paragraphs 26-30). This section provides the process of making any adjustments to the plan including date changes, deletions and additions that need to be clearly supported with a detailed rationale validated and approved by the regional evaluation focal point as per UNDP Evaluation Guidelines. 

January 13, 2022 - New Standard Operating Procedures for the development of UNDP management actions for Vertical Fund projects escalated for action to the Executive Coordinator – Environmental Finance have been uploaded. The purpose of this SOP is to outline roles and responsibilities in UNDP to develop management actions for a Vertical Fund (VF) project (i.e., projects financed by the GEF, GCF or AF) that has been escalated to the Executive Coordinator – Environmental Finance for action. These management actions will be agreed with the Deputy Director of Regional Bureau and the Resident Representative (for NIM executed projects) and will be carefully documented using a standard Management Action Plan template. Note that management actions can occur in parallel to independent action undertaken by the Office of Audit and Investigation (OAI). This SOP applies to VF projects only to ensure compliance with the relevant VF policies and reporting requirements.

January 29, 2021 - The management actions to the OAI GEF Audit that have been completed to date have been uploaded to the POPP. This includes the RACI, the Delegation of Authority Letter and Guidance on GEF Project Revisions.

December 03, 2019 - Updates were made across the programme and project management chapter of the POPP to reflect the shift from the UNDAF to the UN Cooperation Framework. Updates were also made under programme appraisal to reflect the shift from the HQ PAC, which quality assured completed CPDs at the end of programme design, to the IPAC, which assesses the programme’s theory of change closer to the start of the process as a learning function.

The Manage Change policy and procedures are now available in French. To access the content, click on the French language tab.

March 20, 2019 - The Manage Change policy and procedures are now available in Spanish. To access the content, click on the Spanish language tab.