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United Nations - UNJLC

The United Nations Joint Logistics Center (UNJLC) is an humanitarian inter-agency facility reporting to the Humanitarian Co-ordinator within complex Humanitarian crisis. Its mandate is to co-ordinate and optimise the logistics capabilities of humanitarian organisations in large-scale or complex emergencies. project has been developed on Plone; the project included content migration from a proprietary closed CMS.

UNJLC main channel for information dissemination is the web and direct emails. The website is used as a central repository of logistics data and information from the crisis region providing regular updates from the field operation. This cover humanitarian corridor accessibility and supply chain data, road and railways information, fuel availability, air operation updates and practical information on cargo and passenger procedures, customs details and procedures, contact details and regular logistical Bulletins from the field. Emails and mailling list are used to disseminate brief and information bulletin up to the field level where low bandwidth and hard communication environment di not always allow web browsing.

The Project
The UNJLC is built to respond to crisis situations, to quickly get engaged, and to make clear decisions. The same held true for the crisis of losing their information system.

The UNJLC chose ZEA for integration, as a network that includes the founders of Plone and a number of  leading experts. Reflab acted as prime contractor of ZEA and was in charge of the customer relationship, project management and supervision of other ZEA partners involved in the project. The team, leveraging Plone and its many add-on products deployed the new site on time with all content migrated, and custom features implemented.

An international team :

    • Reflab (Italy) for development and deployment of the portal;

    • Zettai (UK, for technical hosting;

    • ZEA Partners (formerly Zope Europe Association).

Francesco Ciriaci, managing director of Reflab and project manager said: “Working with UNJLC has been a real pleasure and the team has always had a positive and flexible attitude. It has been a very challenging and interesting project not only because of the migration but mostly because of the short deadlines; once again Plone has proved an excellent platform for rapid delivery and custom solutions” .