This Operation has been modified and extended in time until 31 December 2010 as per Budget revision 3 (see below).
In January 2007 the UN Secretary General formally endorsed Tanzania as one of eight Delivering As One pilot countries. Each pilot is expected to push the boundaries of UN reform and show results of One Programme, One Budgetary Framework, One Leader, and One Office by the end of 2009. The Country Management Team is keen to position Tanzania appropriately as a model where the complexities of integration have been adequately researched and solutions implemented.
In support of this, the UN ICT Working Group (“ICT WG”) in Tanzania has set its sights on enabling the UN in Tanzania to achieve the goals set in the Delivering As One initiative recommended by the Operational Management Team (“OMT”) and endorsed by the Country Management Team (“CMT”). The realizations of these goals are heavily dependent on how well information and communications systems are implemented, coordinated and managed. The development, deployment, maintenance and support of these systems are within the terms of reference of ICT. WFP has been appointed by the Country Management Team as the lead agency to manage the implementation of the joint ICT project.
For an initial investment of US$439006, which includes running costs for the duration of the Project, the ICT WG will establish the required technical foundation to achieve the ICT system-wide coherence and enhanced productivity. The project will bring country-level benefits such as:
- support for Staff mobility – you can work anywhere from any UN office, access to Virtual office and fostering a culture of One-UN;
- consolidation of telecommunications services - cost savings are realized by leveraging economies of scale for Internet and broadband satellite services;
- provision of technical services to all agencies – better-equipped agencies can share technical services such as telecommunications to other agencies;
- provision of business continuity services – telecommunications and access services are provided with redundant facilities;
- provision of collaboration space and UN-wide common directory;
- definition of a sustainable operational framework.
The breathtaking beauty of Tanzania makes it easy to forget that this East African country is categorised as a least developed and low-income food deficit country with more than 40 percent of the population living in chronic food-deficit regions, where irregular rainfall causes recurring food shortages.
Poverty remains widespread, and recent figures i...