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OCS training in Bogor

posted Oct 19, 2015, 5:32 AM by Caroline Nzui
The OCS team from HQ travelled to ICRAF Bogor to conduct User Acceptance Training (UAT) for staff from Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East and Central Asia. Participants from the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, India and China, as well as field staff from Sulawesi in Indonesia, converged at CIFOR where the Southeast Asia Regional as well as the Indonesia Country Offices are hosted, from the 24th August to 14th September 2015. During the first week, participants went through the common modules which comprised Introduction to UBW, Leave Application, Travel and Requisition. On 31st August 2015 while participating in the training workshop, Dr. Ujjwal Pradhan, the Regional Coordinator for Southeast Asia expressed strong support for the One Corporate System initiative that is anticipated to enhance internal controls and cut across all participating CG Centres. Acknowledging that OCS, if well implemented, would provide uniform and efficient access to valuable resources required for both technical and financial reporting, Dr Pradhan noted that ICRAF SEA would remain in the forefront in ensuring co-ownership of the system by providing all the support required for trainers, both from the region and HQ.

The trainers from HQ comprised OCS Project Manager, Linus Kabutha and two Process Experts, Beatrix Gacho and Francis Kinyanjui. They were accompanied by their KBUs namely, Richard Kaittany (HR), James Nyakundi (FSU), Betsy Ngugi (FSU), Faith Murigi (MIS), Daniel Mwangangi (FSU) and Leah Kiura (Training Consultant). Hellen Ochieng and Isaac Ochieng, in partnership with the SEA team led by Ceres Pasamba, were in charge of the logistics. The training team was also assisted by Fikri Dewi, Vinny Iskandar, Indra Suteja, Marisha Tengku Sherly and Indah Fajarwati. After the training workshops, key experts were identified who will serve as the focal points for each of the modules. They comprise:
  • Procurement – Vinny Iskandar v.iskandar@cgiar.org
  • Travel – Sry Marta Manik m.manik@cgiar.org
  • Finance – Dewi Fikri r.fikri@cgiar.org
  • Human Resource – Indah Fajarwati i.fajarwati@cgiar.org
  • Technical Support – Donny Arisandi d.arisandi@cgiar.org & Robert Coombs r.coombs@cgiar.org
The Southeast Asia, South Asia and East and Central Asia teams have formed specific expert groups and are communicating on Whatsapp and other social media accounts to share experiences, concerns and seek clarification. From Southeast Asia the OCS training team will move on to the East and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa and Latin America Regions. (By Isaac Ochieng)