Digital Certificate of Entitlement
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UNICC Joins UNJSPF as a Winner of UN Secretary-General Awards 2021

UNJSPF and UNICC collaboration on the Digital Certificate of Entitlement app

Every year, the UN Secretary-General recognizes the inspiring work of United Nations personnel who have gone above and beyond their duties, or have introduced new ideas with great potential. See the Winners of the 2021 UN Secretary-General Awards.

This year, he recognizes four worthy winners, including UNJSPF and UNICC in the Innovation and Sustainability category, for the Fund’s Digital Certificate of Entitlement (DCE) solution to replace paper-based pension verification processes. See news item from earlier in the year here.

The UN Joint Staff Pension Fund and the UN International Computing Centre won the Innovation and Sustainability category, for developing a Digital Certificate of Entitlement to replace the paper-based verification process.

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

The UN Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF), in partnership with UNICC, launched the Fund’s Digital Certificate of Entitlement (DCE) app in February 2021, which allows the Fund’s retirees and beneficiaries the option to complete the annual Certificate of Entitlement exercise by providing their annual proof of life in a biometric format. The DCE app is available for free download on Android devices and Apple devices. See the UNJSPF article.

We need to congratulate UNICC for its flexibility in navigating the challenges of implementing the application in the middle of the pandemic. The blockchain technology applied in this Digital Certificate of Entitlement brings about endless possibilities to automate other aspects of the pension distribution process and beyond.

Dino Cataldo Dell’Accio, CIO, UNJSPF

Innovation and sustainability

The Digital Certificate of Entitlement is a state-of-the-art mobile and web-based authentication solution that can verify the identity and location of retirees and beneficiaries, replacing a paper-based process.

It responds to worldwide COVID-19 disruption, is environmentally friendly, delivers organizational efficiencies, is user-friendly and secure and uses new biometric facial recognition, blockchain and global positioning technologies.

Read more about UNICC’s shared services and projects with Client and Partner Organizations.

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UNICC Presents Azure and M365 Services at Microsoft’s UN Tech Huddle in New York

UNICC attended and presented at the UN Tech Huddle event organized by Microsoft’s Tech for Social Impact (TSI) team at the Microsoft Technology Centre in New York on Wednesday 13 November. The goal of this day-long event was to bring together ICT experts from different UN Agencies and Microsoft leaders to share the latest cloud solutions for common challenges.

Paolo Valenza, Chief of Cloud Services and Gabriel Galati, Head of Azure and M365 Services unit presented UNICC’s Microsoft Cloud services to many of our UN Clients and other non-profit organisations.  They highlighted UNICC’s role in providing managed cloud services offering support for solutions that reside in the cloud.

Cloud services are building blocks at the base of many other UNICC services.

Paolo Valenza, Chief, Cloud Services

An example of a Data and Analytics service built on an Azure cloud foundation is the Data Lake that ICC developed for OCHA, a centralized repository to store the organization’s raw unstructured data from diverse sources in a properly secured and managed way.

Nitesh Kudva, Information Security Specialist; Leiming Yao, Information Security Specialist and Mikiann McIntosh, Intern in the Information Security team also attended the event. Other Agencies present included ICAO, PAHO, UNDP, UNFPA, UN OICT, and UN Women.

During the day, Microsoft shared the latest on comprehensive solutions and best practices. Other topics on the agenda discussed during the session were the UN’s digital transformation and cloud adoption, Terraform on Azure and the PowerApp Platform.

Our Azure Management Services provides a controlled and secure back-end for solutions that we develop on top.

Gabriel Galati, Head, Azure and M365 Services Unit

Microsoft runs UN Tech Huddles on a quarterly basis in Geneva and New York with the goal of sharing knowledge and expanding the impact of UN organizations. UNICC also attended the UN Tech Huddle in Geneva in October, where Gabriel Galati and Shashank Rai, Chief Technology Officer presented the implementation of OCHA’s Data Lake.

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UNICC Presents New ICT Services and Service Catalogue

UNICC, the go-to ICT and digital solutions provider for United Nations family, has released a new suite of services across its different areas, including Client, Professional, Software, Platform, Infrastructure and Cloud Integration services.

UNICC is meeting the challenges and drivers for organisations to move to new private, hybrid and public cloud offerings, offering its Clients assessment, migration and implementation as well as fully managed operational support and cost management for a number of cloud solutions.

UNICC has also developed strategic partnerships with three Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform vendors (UiPath, Blue Prism and Automation Anywhere) to offer the ‘best-of-breed’ and absolute fit-for-purpose RPA solutions, now that automation has become a logical step forward for organizations. Already five of UNICC’s Clients, including UNHCR, WFP and UNJSPF, are leveraging the new automation services to increase efficiency.

Another expanding area is Data and Analytics, with tools to direct and drive business insight. UNICC’s new solutions include data analytics visualisation, business performance management, data warehousing, dashboards and key performance indicators (KPIs).

UNICC services overview. Photo: UNICC

New services include:

  • Microsoft Office 365 Management: Comprehensive services to best use Microsoft’s public cloud capabilities with an emphasis on communications, collaboration, endpoint management, enterprise mobility and identity management.​
  • Microsoft Azure Management: Value options to host applications, platforms and infrastructure in the  Azure cloud, with varied services from Clients building and operating to UNICC building, deploying and managing services on behalf of Clients.​
  • Cloud Web Hosting: Varied options to host or extend web applications into the public, UNICC-managed cloud. UNICC offers required automation, scalability and reliability so that Clients are able to focus on mission delivery.​
  • ICT Communications: Services that include advisory, information/content design and delivery, campaign management website content management, social media, technical writing, editing, translations and more.​
  • Information Security Awareness: Strategic advisory to help an organisation set up a state-of-the-art, effective information security awareness strategy, from an industry-leading learning lab and platform to communications, events and training support. ​
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365: From licensing, configuration and custom development to integration, training and support to help organizations in their digital process transformations.
  • ServiceNow: Services to help Clients adopt a single cloud platform for IT services and management, simplifying complex webs of legacy processes and systems.​
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA): Digital enablement technology that leverages a combination of user interface and surface-level features to create scripts to automate routine, predictable data transcription work.​

UNICC’s mission is to provide ICT services, maximising the sharing of ICT solutions from innovation and infrastructure to systems and skills in order to generate economies of scale. UNICC is highly competitive with today’s technology marketplace, building synergies with industry partners as well as with its Clients.

Operational excellence, service level management and continuous service improvement are fundamental to UNICC, where the expert team brings decades of experience with United Nations programmes, funds, entities and related non-for-profit organizations.

For more information about UNICC’s services read UNICC’s Services Overview and ICC ICT Services Booklet, or contact us at business@unicc.org.

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