UNDOF – Budget performance report – SecGen report

Performance report on the budget of the United Nations

Disengagement Observer Force for the period from

1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 

  

  

    Report of the Secretary-General

 

 

 

Contents

 

 

Paragraphs

Page

  I. Introduction   

1–3

3

 

II.  Mandate performance   

4–7

3

III.   Resource performance   

8 

A. Financial resources   

8 

B. Other income and adjustments   

9 

C. Expenditure for contingent-owned equipment: major equipment and self-sustainment   

9

IV.   Analysis of variances   

8–21

10

V.   Actions to be taken by the General Assembly   

22

 

13

 

 

 


Summary

  The present report contains the performance report on the budget of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.

  The total expenditure for UNDOF for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 has been linked to the mission’s objective through a number of results-based frameworks, grouped by components, namely, operations and support.

Performance of financial resources

(Thousands of United States dollars. Budget year is from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.)

 

  

 

 

 

Variance

Category

Apportionment 

Expenditure

 

Amount

Percentage

Military and police personnel

19 326.8

19 397.8

 

(71.0)

(0.4)

Civilian personnel

8 678.1

7 166.1

 

1 512.0

17.4

Operational costs

12 897.2

14 256.0

 

(1 358.8)

(10.5)

 Gross requirements

40 902.1

40 819.9

 

82.2

0.2

Staff assessment income

1 175.4

1 073.9

 

101.5

8.6

 Net requirements

39 726.7

39 746.0

 

(19.3) 

(0.0)

Voluntary contributions in kind (budgeted)

 

 Total requirements

40 902.1

40 819.9

 

82.2

0.2

 

 

Human resources incumbency performance

 

 

Category

Approveda

Actual (average)

Vacancy rate(percentage) b

Military observers

Military contingents

1 047

1 031

0.6

Civilian police

Formed police units

International staff

42 

36

14.1

National staff

92

91

1.5

United Nations Volunteers

Government-provided personnel

Civilian electoral observers

a  Represents the highest level of authorized strength.

b   Based on monthly incumbency.

 

 

 The actions to be taken by the General Assembly are set out in section V of the present report.

 


 

 I.   Introduction

 

 

1.   The budget for the maintenance of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 was set out in the report of the Secretary-General of 22 December 2003 (A/58/662 and Corr.1) and amounted to $40,902,100 gross ($39,726,700 net). It provided for 1,037 military contingent personnel, 42 international staff and 92 national staff. The Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, in paragraph 32 of its report of 8 April 2004 (A/58/759/Add.7), recommended that the General Assembly appropriate $40,715,700 gross for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.

2.   The General Assembly, by its resolution 58/306 of 18 June 2004, appropriated an amount of $40,902,100 gross ($39,726,700 net) for the maintenance of the mission for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005. The total amount has been assessed on Member States.

3.   The General Assembly, in its resolution 58/295 of 18 June 2004, approved the creation of a Chief Security Officer post (P-3) in order to strengthen the security and safety of the operations, staff and premises of the Force. The staff costs relating to the post were accommodated within the approved budget for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.

 

 II.  Mandate performance

  

  

4.   The mandate of the Force was established by the Security Council in its resolution 350 (1974). The mandate for the reporting period was provided in Council resolutions 1550 (2004) and 1578 (2004).

5.   The Force is mandated to help the Security Council achieve an overall objective, namely, to maintain international peace and security.

6.   Within this overall objective, the Force has, during the reporting period, contributed to a number of accomplishments by delivering related key outputs, shown in the frameworks below. These frameworks are divided into operations and support components.

7.   The present report assesses actual performance against the planned results-based frameworks set out in the 2004/05 budget. In particular, the performance report compares the actual indicators of achievement, that is, the extent to which progress has been made during the period against the expected accomplishments, with the planned indicators of achievement and compares the completed outputs with the planned outputs.

 

  

 


Component 1: Operations 

 

 

Expected accomplishments 

  The parties acted in accordance with the Disengagement Agreement; reduced threat of mines in the Area of Separation and Area of Limitation

Planned indicators of achievement

Actual indicators of achievement 

Separation of forces and areas of limitation maintained

Achieved: zero serious violations of the ceasefire and 113 minor protested violations of the ceasefire agreement in UNDOF area of responsibility

Zero persons killed or injured by mines and unexploded ordnance

Three Syrian Arab Republic Armed Forces soldiers killed in a minefield on one side of the Area of Limitation

Planned outputs

Completed (number or yes/no)

Remarks

Biweekly high-level meetings with the Syrian authorities, meetings with local Syrian officials, as needed

34

 

 

Monthly high-level meetings with the Israel Defense Forces command

12

 

 

Biweekly meetings with the Israel Defense Forces liaison staff

26 

 

 

10,950 mobile day and night patrols

15 081

3,342 foot, 8,463 vehicle, 1,337 standing and 1,939 night patrols

5,840 daily observation and checkpoint activities, as required (2 soldiers x 8 checkpoints x 365 days)

5 336

As a result of the new concept of operations, the number of daily patrols has increased while the number of static observation posts has decreased

Biweekly inspections in the Area of Limitation on both sides

26 

Completed inspections on both sides of the Area of Limitation

Reports of all protests and violations

113

 

 

2 reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council

2 

Reports submitted to the Secretary-General

Communication with the parties during crisis situations

0 

No crisis situations arose

Operational mines and unexploded ordnance cleared in the Area of Separation

259
40

Mines cleared
Pieces of unexploded ordnance cleared

Advice provided to mine awareness project of the United Nations Children’s Fund

No

Not requested

 

 

Component 2: Support

 

 

Expected accomplishment 2.1 : Provision of effective and efficient logistical and administrative support to the mission

Planned indicators of achievement 

Actual indicators of achievement

Improved living conditions of the remaining 26 per cent of troops owing to upgraded accommodation infrastructure upon completion of modernization programme

Achieved

Establishment of e-mail, Intranet and improved telephone facilities at all 19 military positions (442 military personnel), an increase from 12 positions in 2003/04 (308 military personnel)

Because of sanctions imposed on the Syrian Arab Republic, the equipment did not arrive on time; project estimated to be completed by December 2005

Reduction in the procurement cycle from requisition to award from 120 days to 90 days

Achieved; average processing time from receipt of requisition to the issuance of the purchase order: 46 calendar days

Reduction in percentage of total inventory value written off and awaiting disposal from 7 per cent as at 30 June 2003 to 2 per cent at 30 June 2005

Percentage of total inventory value written off and awaiting disposal was reduced from 7 per cent as at 30 June 2003 to 3.09 per cent at 30 June 2005

Planned outputs

Completed (number or yes/no)

Remarks

Modernization programme

 

 

1 central dining facility to be built at Camp Ziouani

10% 

Project delayed because of unfavourable climate conditions during the construction timeline; estimated completion February 2006

1 receiving and inspection warehouse to be constructed at Camp Faouar

Yes

Completed

1 radome to be constructed at the Hermon Hotel to replace microwave communications site

Yes

Completed

4 new shelters/bunkers to be established (Camp Faouar, shelter 103, Camp Ziouani-Polbatt, Area of Separation-Hermon south and position 12)

10%

Contract awarded; estimated completion October 2005; project delayed because of unfavourable climate conditions during the construction timeline

4 new water wells to be installed (positions 12, 27, 31 and 37)

20% 

Estimated completion October 2005; project delayed because of unfavourable climate conditions during the construction timeline

8 outdated positions to be dismantled/downsized (positions 17, 33, 63, 66, 67, 81, 82 and 83)

4

4 positions dismantled: 33, 66, 67 and 81; position 63 to be dismantled in July 2005, position 82 in August 2005 and position 83 in September 2005; position 17 is under review

7 microwave high-capacity voice and data links to be installed (positions 16, 22, 25, 31, 62, 69 and 80A) for a total of 19 operational positions connected to UNDOF wide-area network

1

Out of 7 positions planned, only the microwave link at position 16 was installed; in the other 6 positions implementation could not take place because of late delivery of Cisco equipment due to sanctions on the Syrian Arab Republic; positions 22 and 80A were completed in September 2005; remaining positions scheduled for completion by May 2006

1 back-up link to the representative’s office in Damascus to be established for data security/disaster recovery

1

Completed

Service improvement

 

 

4 bills of sale to be awarded on written-off assets (2 sales at Camp Faouar and 2 at Camp Ziouani)

24

It was estimated that 4 bills of sale would be awarded during the year; however, as bids received were for partial items from the catalog of items for sale, the number of awards of bill of sale was increased

Galileo system to be implemented

Yes

Galileo system implemented in October 2004

30 UNDOF staff to be trained in Galileo system

79

50 civilian staff and 29 military personnel trained

Military improvement

 

 

Emplacement, rotation and repatriation of 1,250 military personnel

Yes

Rotations completed

Rations and petrol, oil and lubricants to be supplied to 2 camps and 19 positions for 1,037 troops (average per month)

Yes

Regular supplies provided

Civilian personnel

 

 

41 international and 106 national staff contracts to be administered

Yes

39 international and 103 national staff contracts administered

Facilities and infrastructure

 

 

Paint 7 buildings at Camp Ziouani: buildings 232-236 and Camp Faouar: Austrian battalion building

Yes

Completed

7 shelters to be renovated: 6 at Camp Ziouani, shelters 0, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8, and 1 at Area of Separation position 27

20%

Contract awarded; estimated completion September 2005; project delayed because of unfavourable climate conditions during the construction timeline

2 central heating systems to be replaced (Camp Faouar buildings 7 and 23)

2

Completed

102 generators to be operated, maintained and repaired

102 

Completed

8 km of roads to be repaired

Yes

Completed

11 water purification/filtration systems to be maintained in 10 locations

Yes

Completed

Ground transportation

 

 

373 vehicles, including 28 Nyala and 4 M113 armoured personnel carriers to be maintained

Yes

Completed as planned

Communications

 

 

10 telephone exchanges to be supported and centrally managed

10 

 

 

Information technology

 

 

391 desktops, 40 laptops, 37 servers, 132 laser-jet printers and 25 scanners in 22 locations to be supported, maintained and repaired

Yes

Over 95 per cent system uptime

Wide-area network to be supported using 132 workstations for 529 users

Yes

Continuous data support services provided to the Force; over 95 per cent system uptime

Medical

 

 

3 level-1 medical centres to provide service to 6,800 patients

8 508

Patients treated

 


 III.   Resource performance

 

 

 A.   Financial resources

(Thousands of United States dollars. Budget year is from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.)

 

 

 

Variance

 

Apportionment

Expenditure

Amount

Percentage

Category

(1) 

(2)

(3) = (1) – (2)

(4) = (3) ÷ (1)

Military and police personnel

 

 

 

 

Military observers

Military contingents

19 326.8

19 397.8

(71.0)

(0.4)

Civilian police

Formed police units

Subtotal

19 326.8

19 397.8

(71.0)

(0.4)

Civilian personnel

 

 

 

 

International staff

6 825.1

5 287.6

1 537.5

22.5

National staff

1 853.0

1 878.5

(25.5)

(1.4)

United Nations Volunteers

Subtotal

8 678.1

7 166.1

1 512.0

17.4

Operational costs

 

 

 

 

General temporary assistance

193.9

224.3

(30.4)

(15.7)

Government-provided personnel

Civilian electoral observers

Consultants

Official travel

300.7

217.8

82.9

27.6

Facilities and infrastructure

5 573.9

6 564.4

(990.5)

(17.8)

Ground transportation

2 986.5

3 507.4

(520.9)

(17.4)

Air transportation

Naval transportation

Communications

1 840.7

1 795.0

45.7

2.5

Information technology

887.7

973.8

(86.1)

(9.7)

Medical

291.9

307.4

(15.5)

(5.3)

Special equipment

203.9

76.6

127.3

62.4

Other supplies, services and equipment

618.0

589.3

28.7

4.6

Quick-impact projects

Subtotal

12 897.2

14 256.0

(1 358.8)

(10.5)

Gross requirements

40 902.1

40 819.9

82.2

0.2

Staff assessment income

1 175.4

1 073.9

101.5

8.6

Net requirements

39 726.7

39 746.0

(19.3)

(0.0)

Voluntary contributions in kind (budgeted)  

Total requirements

40 902.1

40 819.9

82.2

0.2

 


 B.   Other income and adjustments

(Thousands of United States dollars)

 

Category 

Amount

 

 

 

Interest income

594

Other/miscellaneous income

638

Voluntary contributions in cash

Prior-period adjustments

(2)

Savings on or cancellation of prior-period obligations

671

Total

1 901 

 

 C.   Expenditure for contingent-owned equipment: major

equipment and self-sustainment 

(Thousands of United States dollars)

Category

 

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

Major equipment

 

 

Military observers

 

Military contingents

 

289.2

Formed police units

 

Subtotal

 

289.2 

Self-sustainment

 

 

Facilities and infrastructure

 

 

Catering (kitchen facilities)

 

137.1

Office equipment

 

Electrical

 

Minor engineering

 

81.2

Laundry and cleaning

 

Tentage

 

Accommodation

 

Miscellaneous general stores

 

120.0

Unique equipment

 

Field defence stores

 

 Communications

 

 

Medical services

 

82.7

 Special equipment

 

 

Explosive ordnance disposal

 

45.4

Observation

 

0.4

Identification

 

Nuclear, biological and chemical protection

 

Subtotal

 

466.8 

Total

 

756.0

 

 

 

 

Mission factors

Percentage

Effective date

Last review date

Applicable to mission area 

 

 

 

  Extreme environmental condition factor

  Intensified operational condition factor

 

 Hostile action/forced abandonment factor

 

Applicable to home country

 

 

 

  Incremental transportation factor

0.0-2.75

 

 

 

 IV.   Analysis of variances

 

 

 

Variance

Military contingents

($71)

(0.4%)

 

 

8.   The additional requirements of $71,000 resulted mainly from the settlement of troop-reimbursement claims relating to prior years and from the increased requirement for the travel and rotation of contingents caused by an increase in the aircraft charter costs due to a raise in the fuel prices during the period. The additional requirements are offset by savings on rations due to favourable contract prices.

 

Variance

International staff

$1 537.5

22.5%

9.   The unspent balance of $1,537,500 is mainly the result of a higher than budgeted vacancy rate. The actual vacancy rate was 14.1 per cent compared to a budgeted vacancy rate of zero. The high vacancy rate during the period was caused by delays in the recruitment process and short-term assignments of international staff to other missions.

 

Variance

National staff 

($25.5)

(1.4%)

 

10.   The additional requirements of $25,500 are due mainly to increased requirements under common staff costs and an increase in the salary scales effective October 2004.

 

Variance

General temporary assistance

($30.4)

(15.7%)

 

11.   The additional requirements resulted from the higher than expected number of personnel required to execute the modernization programme and the electronic archiving and active directory services projects.

 

Variance

Official travel

$82.9

27.6%

 

12.   The unspent balance of $82,900 is due mainly to reduced requirements for travel of United Nations Headquarters personnel to the mission, achieved by combining trips to other missions in the same region.

 

Variance

Facilities and infrastructure

($990.5)

(17.8%)

13.   The additional requirements resulted mainly from higher than expected requirements under construction services and utilities.

14.   Under construction services, the additional requirements related to the improvement of conditions at several positions and at Camp Ziouani and Camp Faouar. The additional requirements under utilities are related to the implementation of the modernization programme.

 

Variance

Ground transportation

($520.9)

(17.4%)

 

15.   The additional requirements in the amount of $520,900 resulted mainly from the higher than expected cost of repair and maintenance of SISU and M-113 armoured personnel carriers and the increase in the requirements for their spare parts. The additional requirements under repairs and maintenance and spare parts were offset by savings under the acquisition of ground transportation, as the mission received 35 four-wheel-drive light vehicles for which provision was made in the budget at no cost from the United Nations Mission in Burundi.

 

Variance

Communications

$45.7

2.5%

 

16.   The unspent balance of $45,700 resulted from reduced requirements for commercial communications offset by additional requirements for communications spare parts and supplies.

17.   With regard to commercial communications, the reduced requirements arose from the improved Internet environment of the host country. The additional requirements under spare parts and supplies resulted from the acquisition of licensed software to run the mission’s main telephone exchange, the repair of the satellite transceivers and the repair of the microwave units damaged by lightning.

 

Variance

Information technology

($86.1)

(9.7%)

 

18.   The additional requirements of $86,100 are mainly the result of the acquisition of a digital imagery system for the mapping project, for which no provision was made.

 

Variance

Medical

($15.5)

(5.3%)

 

19.   The additional requirements resulted from the payment of claims for medical supplies relating to prior periods. The additional requirements were offset by reduced requirements under medical services, as the mission experienced a significantly lower number of hospitalizations than planned.

 

Variance

Special equipment

$127.3

62.4%

 

20.   The variance relates to reduced requirements for the replacement of observation equipment. Part of the unspent balance was used for the acquisition of safety and security equipment.

 

Variance

Other supplies, services and equipment

$28.7

4.6%

 

21.   The unspent balance resulted from reduced requirements for freight and related costs, miscellaneous claims and operational maps. As most of the procurement was done locally the requirements for freight and related costs were reduced. The unutilized balances under miscellaneous claims and operational maps resulted from lower than expected requirements. The unspent balance of $28,700 is offset by additional requirements for the acquisition of maintenance equipment reflected under the object code, “other equipment”.

 

 V.  Actions to be taken by the General Assembly

 

 

22.   The actions to be taken by the General Assembly in connection with the financing of UNDOF are:

 (a)   To decide that Member States shall waive their respective shares in other income for the period ended 30 June 2005 amounting to $1,901,100 and their respective shares in the amount of $19,900 from the unencumbered balance of $82,200 for the period ended 30 June 2005, to be applied to meeting the current and future after-service health insurance liabilities of the United Nations;

 (b)   To decide on the treatment of the remaining unencumbered balance of $62,300 for the period ended 30 June 2005.

 

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Document symbol: A/60/628
Document Type: Report
Document Sources: General Assembly, Secretary-General, United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)
Subject: Peacekeeping
Publication Date: 30/06/2005
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