20 January 2014
The two-part annual winter session of the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) was held on 3-4 December 2013 and 14-16 January 2014.
New JIU Chair and Vice-Chair elected for 2014
During the session, the eleven JIU inspectors elected Inspector Cihan TERZI (Turkey) as Chair and Inspector Jorge Flores Callejas (Honduras) as Vice-Chair for the year 2014.
Inspector TERZI has been with the JIU since 2006 and has worked on over 15 reports as coordinator and co-author; covering different areas including, inter alia, procurement, risk management, offshoring and human resources issues. He is a former inspector and head of department in the Ministry of Finance of Turkey, and a certified public accountant. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.
Inspector Flores Callejas, since joining the JIU in 2012, has undertaken two reports, two feasibility studies and one note as coordinator and co-author. He has close to 20 years of professional experience with the United Nations through various positions. He was a member for six years of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and former Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Honduras to the United Nations. He holds a Masters in Economics from Long Island University.
2014 Programme of Work
Other major outcomes of the session included the adoption of the JIU Programme of Work for 2014. The latter includes the inspection and evaluation of a variety of strategic topics that are expected to improve management and operations of the organizations. It was designed with an objective to address critical system-wide risks and reform issues. It includes both administrative and programmatic as well as development oriented inspections and evaluations, such as a review of safety and security of UN personnel and premises world-wide; a review of UN system-wide implementation of policies regarding productive employment and decent work; and a system-wide review of contract management and administration.
Note to Editors
The Joint Inspection Unit is the only independent external oversight body of the United Nations (UN) system mandated to conduct system-wide evaluations, inspections and investigations. It seeks to ensure the optimum use of available resources by the UN system, and to enhance the efficiency of its administrative and financial functioning. The Unit also seeks to identify best practices, propose benchmarks, and facilitate information-sharing across the system.
The curricula vitae of all JIU inspectors are available on the JIU website (www.unjiu.org). The website also contains information on the Statute of the Unit, its purpose, reports issued in the past and other relevant material of interest.
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