What is Umoja and what does it mean to staff as the end user?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Umoja is an initiative for the United Nations Secretariat that includes a thorough streamlining of UN business processes. It is an implementation of SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. The system changes the way we do a wide variety of administrative and management activities and puts the focus on the staff member to be responsible for initiating actions and managing their own personal information.   It will transform the way staff and managers work, which will require a change in behaviours.

All staff (as end users) regardless of where they are working in the world will use the new Umoja Employee Self-Service portal. Umoja will simplify the way we process HR transactions and will reduce the amount of manual paper based processes that we currently have.

By having a single way of delivering administrative services using a single source of data, there will be more coherence and increased consistency across the Organization and in various duty stations. With Umoja staff members can focus on strategic work and spend less time on routine, fragmented administrative tasks.