Professor Arthur Goldberg
Created in 1995, the United Nations Office for Project Services
(UNOPS) helps to translate the goals of the United Nations into
effective action by providing a range of high quality, cost-effective
project management and operational services to the United Nations,
Bretton Woods institutions, regional development banks and governments
(the latter in the areas of infrastructure and public works only). Our
services are also available to governments, to bilateral and
multilateral donors, and to non-governmental organizations, through the
United Nations system.
UNOPS is a self-financing entity in the United Nations system and earns
its fees from services rendered to its clients.
Proposal: Develop a Redesign of the UNOPS Intranet Using Microsoft Sharepoint
UNOPS is organized into two services lines: Corporate Services and
Client Services. Corporate Services includes several divisions,
such as Finance, HR, Procurement and Information and Communication
Technology. Client Services consists of Regional Offices located
in Africa, Asia and Europe. UNOPS is spread across the globe with
about 300 employees in 6 locations (Latin America, East Africa, West
Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific, and global –which is in NYC). UNOPS has
major on-going projects in 140 countries, and a large presence in
Naturally, the organization needs to share digital information within
and between departments and locations. And, as expected, the
organization must also control access to information. Digital
information includes stored objects like files, e-mails, and real-time
interaction environments like chat systems, whiteboards and conference
The goal of this project is to develop a design and begin the
implementation of a new UNOPS Intranet using Microsoft SharePoint
Portal Server 2003. The Intranet portal will become the primary user
interface to shared files and other resources. It should support at
least these features:
- Satisfactory performance for global
- Collaborative departmental, project
and ad-hoc spaces
- Integration with existing systems and
Other needs will be identified during the project's requirements
stage, which will be assisted by a detailed requirements list provided
The Project will contain the following parts:
The project will use a "lightweight methodology" for development that
emphasizes flexibility, client collaboration and simplicity. Rapid
Prototyping and early tests in a quasi-production environment are
wanted to ensure a useful outcome of the project.
- Analysis and Conception (UML and other specification tools):
Development of Use Cases, as
Development of a Static Object
Development of a Collaboration
Development of Activity Diagrams
- Prototyping of Intranet Components
- Prototyping of Migration Tools
- Given the tight schedule, it is open whether operation
qualification tests will take place in the end.
- Unit testing and code inspection will be done during prototyping
The architecture of the system will support browser access to the
portal. It will run in an IIS web server, on a Windows 2003 server.
Working at UNOPS is both challenging and exciting. Being in a team
of highly motivated internationals, moving at near-private-sector-speed
and following UN values add up to an unforgettable experience and will
contribute to the professional development of each participant.
4th floor of Chrysler Building, at Lexington and 42nd
Mic Gruber, Associate Business Relations
Specialist Change Management, Knowledge Networking and Internal
Communication, 212-457-1898, MichaelG@unops.org
Resources that will be made available to students
UNOPS will provide workstations students can use.
There will be a test server with Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server
2003 and software development Kit (SDK).