The Secretary-General’s management reform agenda “envisions a United Nations that empowers managers and staff, simplifies processes, increases accountability and transparency and improves on the delivery of mandates.” The new UE2 Strategic Planning, Budgeting and Performance Management (SPPM) solution will provide capability to achieve this vision. SPPM has significant potential to transform the Organization through its results-based management capabilities for better planning, execution, monitoring and reporting on programme delivery.
SPPM will add programme and project planning and monitoring capabilities to Umoja (see graphic). In SPPM, strategic plans and results frameworks of different types and durations can be created and linked to one another hierarchically, if needed. Budgets can be formulated at activity-based level, or at an aggregated level, depending on the specific needs of the execution phase. SPPM will also link different elements of the strategic plans/frameworks to resources, enabling the Organization to report comprehensively on accomplished results as well as the corresponding use of resources.
As both programmatic and financial data will be captured in one system, new dashboards will provide visibility of such data and will help managers monitor programme delivery in real time and align financial and physical progress and visualize the link between their entity’s work and the larger goals of the Organization, such as the Sustainable Development Goals. As programme performance information and results of self-evaluation and lessons-learned exercises become available, Member States will also benefit from such dashboards.
SPPM is also aligned with the Secretary-General’s commitment to publish comprehensive, real-time and easy-to-access information about the United Nations operations and achievements, including compliance with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).
SPPM and other UE2 projects will expand the scope of Umoja’s functions, as planned, and will begin the diversification of user-base, which will include strategic planners, programme and project managers, resource mobilization officers and implementing partners.
The SPPM solution will have an initial focus on planning for the peacekeeping budgets for 2019/20, to be followed by planning for voluntary-contribution funded activities for 2019 and the ‘annual’ programme budget for 2020. Organizational performance management functionality will become available in 2019 when the execution of the plans begins. For more information, visit the Umoja website.