Date: March 2017
This Business Operations Strategy supports the realization of the 'One UN' commitment to reduce institutional barriers, utilize shared data, analyses and advocacy to support integrated solutions, and improve standards and common operating systems through taking a strategic, results-oriented approach to planning, management and implementation of harmonised business operations in support of the Lao PDR – UN Partnership Framework 2017 – 2021.
The UN Country Team is committed to transparency, results and accountability, avoiding duplication and ensuring that coordination, synergies and reduced transaction costs are achieved. The Business Operations Strategy is based on a thorough business operations analysis, comprising a stocktake of the existing common business operations; a needs and opportunities analysis and a cost-benefit analysis. It provides a strategic and results-oriented outlook on business operations in five key areas: common procurement; human resources; information and communication technologies; finance; and logistics and facility services, including common premises – with a strong focus on cost effectiveness and improved quality of services across the UN agencies. The BOS estimations forecast savings of around US$ 2 million, of which US$ 1 million through new initiatives, over the five-year programme period.