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  • WFP/EB.2/2011/8/2
    The Board approved on a no-objection basis country programme Ethiopia 200253 (2012–2015) (WFP/EB.2/2011/8/2), for which the food requirement is 319,020 mt at a cost of US$155 million, for a total cost to WFP of US$306.6 million.
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  • WFP/EB.1/2010/8
    The Board approved on a no-objection basis Country Programme Guatemala 200031 (2010–2014) (WFP/EB.1/2010/8), for which the food requirement is 21,160 mt, at a total cost to WFP of US$16.9 million.
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  • WFP/EB.2/2012/8/5
    The Board approved on a no-objection basis country programme Liberia 200395 (2013–2017) (WFP/EB.2/2012/8/5), for which the food requirement is 33,235 mt at a cost of US$17.6 million, the cash and voucher requirement is US$7.4 million, and the direct technical and capacity transfer cost is US$18.8 million, for a total cost to WFP of US$80.9 million.
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  • WFP/EB.2/2007/8/2
    The Board approved on a no-objection basis country programme Mali 10583.0 (2008–2012) (WFP/EB.2/2007/8/2), for which the food requirement was 29,787 mt at a cost of US$17.8 million covering all basic direct operational costs.
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  • WFP/EB.3/2003/7/4
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  • WFP/EB.3/2001/8/8
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  • WFP/EB.2/2010/5-A/1/Corr.1
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  • WFP/EB.1/2014/4-A/1
    Observing that WFP’s voluntary funding meant that decisions often had to be based on short-term needs and hence likely to give poor value for money, the Secretariat outlined the proposal to review options for providing more stable operational funding: i) increasing the Operational Reserve; ii) increasing the leverage ratio to reflect risk levels; and iii) advancing funds on the basis of overall country-level resources.The Board welcomed the proposal in principle, noting that the resulting reduction in lead times and efficiency improvements would be advantageous, but requested further information as to the ideal level of the Working Capital Financing Facility, the risk mitigation criteria when selecting countries for pooled advance financing, and the proposed leverage ratios in line with advice received from the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Finance Committee. Board members recommended a holistic analysis of possible allocations of available funds in line with WFP’s review of its funding framework, noting that the Forward Purchase Facility had recently been increased. They asked for clarification as to the proposed level of pooled advance funding for country offices.The Board emphasized the importance of receiving additional information to better evaluate the benefits, costs and risks associated with each of the options presented. Members welcomed the coming assessment by The Boston Consulting Group, and looked forward to further informal consultations, suggesting that technical issues could be handled by a working group or bilaterally. Full transparency was essential to ensure that the Board and donors were informed.The Secretariat welcomed the Board’s engagement, stressing that the discussions were part of an ongoing consultative process. The Secretariat agreed that a comprehensive risk analysis would be conducted, and assured the Board that additional supporting data would be elaborated in the coming months; to be presented during informal consultations and before the Board’s Annual Session. The overall aim of having adequate, timely, predictable and flexible funding while improving efficiency of WFP’s work remained a priority. A further report on the topic would be submitted to EB.A/2014.
    The Board took note of “Financial Framework Review: Working Capital Financing” (WFP/EB.1/2014/4-A/1), the objectives and timeline for further review of WFP’s financial framework in 2014, and the current utilization of advance financing. It welcomed further proposals for expanding the Working Capital Financing Facility. The Board also took note of the comments of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) (WFP/EB.1/2014/4(A,B)/2) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Finance Committee (WFP/EB.1/2014/4(A,B)/3).
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  • WFP/EB.A/2013/6-I/1
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  • WFP/EB.A/2006/5-A
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  • WFP/EB.2/2017/10-A/1

    150. Following the Secretariat’s presentation of the document, which noted the comments of the FAO Finance Committee and that the Secretariat had provided additional clarification on the indices used in the review and further detail on the real estate analysis, the Board approved a housing allowance of EUR 160,000 per year, inclusive of services and utilities, with effect from 1 April 2017 until further notice. Based on the review, the ceiling remained at the same level approved by the Board at its 2012 second regular session. The allowance would continue to be a reimbursement for the actual cost of a property and be reviewed every five years.

    The Board decided that the Executive Director’s housing allowance should be set at EUR 160,000 per year, inclusive of services and utilities, with effect from 1 April 2017 until further notice. Based on a security risk assessment, WFP would also provide and maintain necessary security equipment, which would remain WFP property.

    The Board further decided that the housing allowance should continue to be a reimbursement for the actual cost of a property, should continue to be indexed annually against the Italian retail price index and should be reviewed at five-year intervals by the Bureau and the Board, taking into account market rates and the allowances paid to the heads of other United Nations agencies in Rome.

    The Board also took note of the comments of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (WFP/EB.2/2017/4-A/2, WFP/EB.2/2017/5-(A,B,C)/2 and WFP/EB.2/2017/10-A/2) and the Finance Committee of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

    (WFP/EB.2/2017/4-A/3, WFP/EB.2/2017/5-(A,B,C)/3 and WFP/EB.2/2017/10-A/3).

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  • WFP/EB.A/98/4-A
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  • WFP/EB.A/2007/6-B/1
    26. The Secretariat presented the document on the funding of employee termination payments. The draft decision in the document had been amended to take account of concerns expressed by ACABQ and the FAO Finance Committee; the issue of short-term staff would accordingly be discussed at a later date. 27. Board members sought clarification, at the next regular session if necessary, of the authority under which termination payments had been made to date. Further information was requested on the current practice of termination payments; some members asked whether WFP was setting a precedent on the matter for other agencies. Other members suggested that any future document should explain the practice of applying different staff rules to different categories of staff. The Board hoped that once IPSAS had been implemented, the whole approach to the termination of contracts at WFP would become clearer. 28. The Secretariat took note of the requests for information, which would be supplied when the issue of short-term staff was discussed.
    The Board: (i) took note of the issue of unfunded termination payments; (ii) took note of the reports and recommendations of the FAO Finance Committee (WFP/EB.A/2007/6(A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J)/3) and the ACABQ (WFP/EB.A/2007/6(A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J)/2); (iii) authorized the Executive Director to utilize up to US$15 million released from the Self Insurance Fund for termination payments specifically provided for under staff regulations and ICSC rules; and (iv) requested the Executive Director to report to the Second Regular Session of the Board in October 2007 on the implications to WFP of staff employed under Special Service Agreements (SSA), Service Contracts (SC) and Assignment of Limited Duration (ALD) contracts.
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