United Nations Department of Field Support

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United Nations Department of Field Support
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Abbreviation DFS
Formation 2007 [1]
Headquarters United Nations Headquarters
Head

Under-Secretary-General for Field Support

Atul Khare
Parent organization
United Nations Secretariat
Subsidiaries United Nations Global Service Centre
Regional Service Centre in Entebbe
Website [1]


DFS officials in Somalia in November 2014.

The Department of Field Support (DFS) is a department of the United Nations dedicated to the support of peacekeeping field missions and political field missions.

Area of responsibility[edit]

United Nations General Assembly report A/64/633 (26 January 2010) states the following about the DFS' role:

"Protecting and nurturing a fragile peace is a critical role of the United Nations. This endeavour depends upon a coalition of will and action on the part of multiple actors: the Security Council, in terms of setting mandates; the Member States, in their commitment of personnel and financial and material resources; the host countries, and their consent and cooperation; and the Secretariat and its own ability to stand up, support and sustain operations. Within this framework, the Department of Field Support was created to be primarily responsible for the mobilization all human, material and support services necessary to ensure that United Nations field missions are largely self-sufficient and can succeed under a wide range of post-conflict conditions."

DFS workers packing Haiti election ballots in 2011.

Organization[edit]

The Department of Field Support has been headed by Mr. Atul Khare since 2 March 2015, following the departure of Under-Secretary-General Ms. Ameerah Haq. [2] The Department has four main divisions: [3]

  • Field Personnel Division
  • Field Budget and Finance Division
  • Logistics Support Division
  • Information & Communications Technology Division

It also runs bases in UN Global Service Center (UNGSC) in Brindisi (UNLB) and Valencia (UNSBV), as well as Regional Service Center in Entebbe (RSCE). [4]

Founded in 2010, the UN Global Service Center's mandate is to "ensure efficient and effective peace operations through the core logistics, geospatial, information and telecommunications technology services it provides." [5]

Founded in 2010 as part of the Global Field Support Strategy (GFSS) in UNGA Resolution 64/269, the Regional Service Center in Entebbe's mandate is to "transform service delivery to field missions through a fundamental shift in the existing division of labor and a relocation of functions to improve responsiveness and address the needs of the field missions." [6]

Personnel[edit]

Field Service Officers are civilians assigned to support UN peacekeeping and political missions in the field. DFS provides support in the areas of security, finance, administration, human resources, logistics and technology.

History of the DFS[edit]

The origins of the Field Service go back to the beginning of the history of the UN's peacekeeping operations in 1948 when the Security Council authorized the deployment of UN military observers to the Middle East. The mission's role was to monitor the Armistice Agreement between Israel and its Arab neighbours – an operation which became known as the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). The office was created in 2007 to provide dedicated support to peacekeeping field missions and political field missions.

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