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The policy and the procedures have been updated to reflect the following changes:Revision to approval requirements for direct payments in non-local currency has been added in paragraph 9 of the policy, where non-local currency payments to international suppliers engaged in line with the Letter of Agreement (LOA), the Responsible Party Agreement (RPA), the Performance Based Payment Agreement (PBPA), or similar contracts or agreements, as well as the project document or the annual work plan will be approved by Head of Office provided the contractual documents specify disbursements in non-lo ...

The policy and the procedures have been updated to reflect the following changes:

  • Revision to approval requirements for direct payments in non-local currency has been added in paragraph 9 of the policy, where non-local currency payments to international suppliers engaged in line with the Letter of Agreement (LOA), the Responsible Party Agreement (RPA), the Performance Based Payment Agreement (PBPA), or similar contracts or agreements, as well as the project document or the annual work plan will be approved by Head of Office provided the contractual documents specify disbursements in non-local currency.
  • Seeking UNDP HQ Treasury’s approval before non-local currency disbursement are made has been removed in paragraph 9 of the policy in line with the new changes to paragraph 9.
  • The explanatory notes in step 7 of the procedure have been updated to reflect the changes in the policy.

The policy and the procedures have been updated to reflect the following changes:Revision to approval requirements for non-local currency advances has been added in paragraph 9 of the policy, where payments for specifically identified activities and expenditures expected to be incurred in non-local currency in line with the Letter of Agreement (LOA), the Responsible Party Agreement (RPA), the Performance Based Payment Agreement (PBPA), or similar contracts or agreements, as well as the project document or the annual work plan will be approved by the Head of Office, provided the contractua ...

The policy and the procedures have been updated to reflect the following changes:

  • Revision to approval requirements for non-local currency advances has been added in paragraph 9 of the policy, where payments for specifically identified activities and expenditures expected to be incurred in non-local currency in line with the Letter of Agreement (LOA), the Responsible Party Agreement (RPA), the Performance Based Payment Agreement (PBPA), or similar contracts or agreements, as well as the project document or the annual work plan will be approved by the Head of Office, provided the contractual documents specify disbursement in non-local currency. Other non-local currency payments shall only be made, after seeking UNDP HQ Treasury approval.
  • Revision to paragraph 13 of the policy to include the requirement for UNDP HQ Treasury’s approval where the Partner maintains separate bank accounts for the project. If the project needs advances to make payments in local currency and non-local currency with applicable approval in line with the POPP, then two bank accounts matching the approved currencies of advances should be opened.
  • The explanatory notes in steps 8 and 9 of the procedure have been updated to reflect the changes in the policy.

The General Terms and Conditions for Contracts (for Goods and/or Services) have been updated to reflect the following changes:

  • Replacement of two hyperlinks inside the document;
  • Some changes to the data protection clause that are implemented across the board (Art 20);
  • Fixing some cross references inside the document; 
  • Small editorial changes.

In response to an audit recommendation, the Internal Control Framework policy has been updated to demonstrate a clearer alignment with the Three Lines Model of the Institute of Internal Auditors, issued in July 2020.

The Risk Appetite Statement, the Risk Appetite Statement Guidance, the Project Risk Register Template, the Risk Escalation Guideline, the Examples of Financial Quantification of Identified Risk and the Managing Risks Across UNDP Programming and Operations: Guidance Note have been translated into French and Spanish. Click on the respective link to access each document in the respective language:Risk Appetite Statement: French | SpanishRisk Appetite Statement Guidance: French | SpanishProject Risk Register Template: French | Spanish Risk Escalation Guideline: French | Spanish Examples ...

The Risk Appetite Statement, the Risk Appetite Statement Guidance, the Project Risk Register Template, the Risk Escalation Guideline, the Examples of Financial Quantification of Identified Risk and the Managing Risks Across UNDP Programming and Operations: Guidance Note have been translated into French and Spanish. Click on the respective link to access each document in the respective language:

2 February 2024

Implement

Following the 2023 OAI GEF audit’s risk management recommendation, the BPPS/Vertical Funds Programme Support, Oversight and Compliance Unit has updated the Risk Management Framework for Vertical Fund Projects to include the Vertical Fund (VF) programme specific risks to be added to the Programme Risk Register platform in Quantum+ by the relevant business unit (i.e. Country Office) based on the result of PIMS+ risk dashboard analysis, in addition to the VF project specific risks to be added to the Project Risk Register platform in Quantum. The Risk Management Framework for Vertical Fund Project ...

Following the 2023 OAI GEF audit’s risk management recommendation, the BPPS/Vertical Funds Programme Support, Oversight and Compliance Unit has updated the Risk Management Framework for Vertical Fund Projects to include the Vertical Fund (VF) programme specific risks to be added to the Programme Risk Register platform in Quantum+ by the relevant business unit (i.e. Country Office) based on the result of PIMS+ risk dashboard analysis, in addition to the VF project specific risks to be added to the Project Risk Register platform in Quantum. The Risk Management Framework for Vertical Fund Projects is published in the Monitor procedure, Step 2.4 of the Monitor policy page.

The Managing Risks Across Progamming and Operations Guidance Note is published as a related document in the policy page.

30 January 2024

Types of Leave

The Sick Leave policy has been revised to incorporate the relevant changes in UN Staff Rules. In particular, the conversion of approved annual leave days to certified sick leave, for illness during leave, no longer requires a minimum duration of five days (see paragraph 31).

Following the update of the GEF Project Document Template, the GCF Project Document Template has also been updated (version January 2024) to reflect the latest standard UNDP and GCF requirements.