This operation has been modified as per budget revision 2 (see below).
This Special Operation (SO) is established to provide safe, reliable, effective and efficient air transport services to the humanitarian community in Niger in 2015. Insecurity and poor infrastructure make land transportation impracticable for prompt implementation of humanitarian projects in Niger. As commercial airlines present in the country do not meet international standards, the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) is vital for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), United Nations (UN) agencies, donor representatives and Government counterparts to access project implementation sites. In 2015, UNHAS will provide services for approximately 165 humanitarian actors to at least eight destinations with a fleet of two aircraft.
UNHAS Niger was established in 2008 and has since been essential to the overall humanitarian response in the country. The SO 200792 will be managed by the WFP Niger Country Office from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015 at a budgeted cost of US$ 7,867,513. The budget requirements will be raised through donor contributions (approximately 75%) and partial cost-recovery (25%) in the form of ticket sales.
Fleet composition and operational routes have been determined after needs assessments and consultations with relevant stakeholders. The project will be regularly reviewed in accordance with standard procedures in order to minimize risks and ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Budget Revision 02 to Special Operation 200792 seeks to extend the project in time for 12 months to ensure continued provision of air transport services to the humanitarian community until 31 December 2017, with a subsequent budget increase of US$ 7,839,168.