Founded in 2003, the University of Missouri Assistance Program (UMAP) registered in Kenya as an International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) under the country's NGOs Co-ordination Act. On the 17th of June 2013, UMAP registered in Ghana as an International NGO under the Ghana Companies Code 1963 as a Company limited by Guarantee.
UMAP was originally established to provide administrative and logistical management support to technical advisors working on the implementation of USAID activities under the Southern Sudan Agriculture Rehabilitation Project. However, the UMAP portfolio has since expanded to include operation as an international development logistics management and consulting company.
UMAP provides access to a wide range of logistical support and development consulting expertise in Africa through the combination of an extensive database of technical assistance expertise and an established network of travel and hospitality systems. As a result, UMAP can provide technical and administrative assistance within the specified budget to development partners, governments, businesses, civil society groups and communities to efficiently assist in the timely achievement of organizational objectives. UMAP also has the capacity to manage the implementation of development assistance projects and projects in its countries of operation, which currently include Kenya and Ghana.
UMAP assists clients to achieve their stated objectives by offering the following capabilities:
Legal Status – UMAP is legally registered as an INGO in Kenya and Ghana with the capability to work anywhere on the African continent.
Financial and Administrative Systems – UMAP has extensive expertise and knowledge of the policy, procedures and requirements necessary for working with USAID and USDA to ensure provision of sound financial and administrative systems to clients. UMAP is highly efficient in procuring goods and services that strictly abide by these established donor procurement procedures. UMAP is a good steward of donor funding with over 5 years of experience managing accounts in both the United States Dollar and the Kenyan Shilling. The accounts are well maintained with a consistent cash-flow to support activities and produce the necessary financial reports. UMAP conducts personal audits on an annual basis.
Management of Short- and Long Term Consultants/Employees – UMAP has substantial management experience and capabilities in sourcing and hiring competent administrative and technical staff as well as short/long term consultants. Key services include: drawing employment, consultancy and/or service contracts; maintaining payroll; and ensuring compliance of all government statutory requirements on withholding taxes.
Meeting and Conference Planning – As a result of our vast network, UMAP is able to facilitate and organize international/national conferences, e.g. booking venues, flights, transport, accommodation, payments of per-diems, etc. and manage other logistical requirements for international and local clients.
Logistics Management – UMAP has established exceptional relationships with hotels, tour companies, travel agents and courier firms to meet any logistical need. As a result, UMAP is able to open service and credit accounts to ensure continuous operation. We are therefore able to handle all travel needs: air-travel, ground and processing of travel documents efficiently.
UMAP is a USAID/USDA implementing partner and has provided assistance to a host of USAD projects. Most notably, UMAP provided technical advisors and administrative support to USAID in the implementation of the USAID funded Southern Sudan Agricultural Revitalization Project (SSARP). Under the SSARP, our primary management roles included hiring competent technical staff; maintaining a sound financial and reliable system to support all projects; and providing logistical support to our consultants and partners.
Activities Implemented through UMAP under the SSARP since 2003 include:
a. Agriculture and Natural Resources Management
b. Customary Land Security Pilot project: Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile State;
c. Support to Aerial Wildlife Survey
d. Support to key GoSS Ministries: Agriculture and Forestry; Animal Resources and Fisheries; Industry of Mining and Ministry of Cooperatives and Rural Development
e. Developmental of Mapping Capacity for the GoSS
f. Economic Food Security
g. Support to the Three Areas: Abyei, the Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile
h. Transitional Training
i. Support to Physical Infrastructure: Roads and Dykes Rehabilitation
j. Support to Land Commission: South Sudan, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile State
k. Support for the Southern Sudan Commission for Census, Statistics Evaluation
Logistics Management and Support (air-tickets, visa application support, hotel accommodation, workshop and conference venue bookings and per-diem payments):
a. August 2009 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum – Nairobi, Kenya
b. August 2009 CAADP Donors and Partners Meeting - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
c. Sept 2009 Strengthening the Seed Industry Workshop – Nairobi, Kenya
d. October 2009 AWAN Workshop - Accra, Ghana
e. Dec 2009 Peace Corps Conference - Dakar, Senegal
f. March 2010 Alliance for the Seed Industry in East and Southern Africa
g. June 2010 East Africa Phytosanitary Information Committee (EAPIC) Meeting Nairobi, Kenya
h. Sept 2011 Africa Lead: Feed the Future M&E Workshop – Nairobi, Kenya
i. April 2012 Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association (ESADA) Conference Nairobi, Kenya
j. Fall 2012 Templeton/Kenya Agricultural Research Institute Cassava Project
k. June 2013 Kenya Governor's Ag Sector Forum/USAID Feed the Future Launch
UMAP's ability to link technical assistance services with logistical support systems has demonstrated our uniqueness in service provision. UMAP can call on our extensive database of African and international experts to provide development consulting services including technical assistance, research, data collection and survey analysis, while also providing the necessary logistical and administration support.
For further information or to discuss specific needs, please contact:
United States Office
University of Missouri
Contact: Dr. William Meyers
Contact: Nancy Ngugi
Contact: Nana Koranteng