The RMU: What We Do

Somalia's seaport bustles with business as trucks come to offload ships of their cargo. Credit: UN Photo/T. Jones.

Somalia's seaport bustles with business as trucks come to offload ships of their cargo. Credit: UN Photo/T. Jones.

Database and Information Sharing
Our core tool for information sharing is the Contractor Infromation Management System (CIMS) - an online database platform designed by the RMU. CIMS is intended to ensure greater transparency concerning all UN contractual arrangements. It hosts a range of tools to minimise and manage risk, support due dilligence, and identify issues of concern. 

The RMU engages in systematic and in-depth dialogue with partners about information sharing, based on the principles of reciprocity and due regard for confidentiality.

Risk Analysis
Utilising the ISO 31000 Risk Management Standard, the Risk Management Unit takes a systematic approach to risk analysis to generate risk assessments and reports for the UN Somalia System. These products assist in enabling UN agencies to make more informed decisions in managing risk. Upon request, the RMU can also provide tailored advice and reviews of organizational due diligence processes in order to enhance effective risk management approaches.

An important goal of the RMU is to promote risk management across the Somali humanitarian community. To assist with this, the RMU has developed an online training module that provides an introduction to risk management principles and practices that is available to UN entities, donors and NGOs. Tailored, class-based trainings are also available upon request. 

Upon request, the RMU conducts monitoring activities to provide real-time progress reports or confirmation of aid delivery on behalf of UN entities and partners. These activities are regulated by established standard operating procedures to protect staff, sources, and use of information. Additionally, the RMU is further developing tools to foster information sharing and collaborative monitoring to enhance transparency and accountability, harmonize efforts, and reduce monitoring transaction costs.

Development of Common Approaches and Best Practice Dissemination
The RMU facilitates, designs, and promotes common risk management standards and best practices on a range of issues, including due diligence, information sharing, third party monitoring, and fraud reporting. The RMU convenes regular meetings both within the UN, and between the UN and other partners, to encourage risk management related dialogue, collaboration, and the use of common approaches.

The RMU also develops and disseminates research on risk management best practices, from within the aid community and beyond.

Management Support for the MPTF
In collaboration with the World Bank, the RMU supports the Somalia Development and Recovery Facility (SDRF) and UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) in particular in the design and implementation of a comprehensive risk management strategy for the fund’s operations.