Contingent Owned Equipment
United Nations Member States contribute military personnel and police units to serve in peacekeeping missions around the world. Not only do these countries contribute troops and police units to an area, they also deploy the major equipment and provide self-sustainment services required to operate in challenging conditions. Contributing countries are financially reimbursed for their contributions by the Secretariat.
The Electronic Contingent Owned Equipment (eCOE) system provides a solution for the effective and efficient inspection of major equipment and self-sustainment in peacekeeping missions. Field missions use eCOE to manage inspections and generate Verification Reports which are later used by the Secretariat to ensure contributing Member States are reimbursed for services and equipment that are in working order.
This system is in use in a total of 17 peacekeeping operations and special political missions managing COE, except for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UMAMI), and at United Nations Headquarters.
eCOE works on the basis of the information from the Annex B (Major equipment) and the Annex C (Self-Sustainment Services) of each Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the United Nations and the contributing country to provide input to the contingents Claims Recalculation and Reimbursement processes. The system tracks the lifecycle of all major equipment and self-sustainment services related to contingent units—from arrival at the mission area until repatriation. In addition to including a configurable approval workflow of verification reports, advance reporting capabilities were recently added to improve informed decision-making by management.
eCOE is a single-instance database and web-based enterprise application. The system is hosted in the Enterprise Data Centre in Valencia, with Brindisi as the disaster recovery site to ensure business continuity.
eCOE on the go
eCOE Mobile complements eCOE to simplify and streamline the inspection process. Inspectors in the field can use eCOE Mobile to capture major equipment serviceability and self-sustainment service acceptability details—including pictures. They can also use the paperless concurrence mechanism to generate signed inspection worksheets reviewed by the contingent representative while still in the field.
eCOE Mobile can be used offline, minimizing data re-entry and clerical errors by automating data synchronization with the central database. It is Android-based and only runs on OICT-recommended and supported hardware.