The European Defence Agency (EDA) has provided a new form of HR management software to the EU operation in Central African Republic (EUFOR RCA).
The system, known as the Human Resource Management Functional Area System Demonstrator (J1-FAS), was deployed to the mission’s headquarters in Larissa, Greece on 6 October 2014. EDA developed the system and also provided assistance with installation, training, and transfer of personnel data into the system’s data base. The tool, available free of charge, collects all information needed within an HQ, including data that can be used in a Personnel Recovery situation.
Speaking about the event, Commander Paschalis Gkounidis, the HQ Assistant Chief of Staff for Human Resources said “the installation of this new system represents a big step forward in managing our personnel and will provide useful lessons for the improvement of the system in the future.”
The software will significantly accelerate the whole process of activating an EU HQ with augmented personnel including personnel rotations. This is the first time that this new capability has been used in an operation, following testing during exercises “European Endeavour 2012” and “Multi-Layer 12”.
The EDA Officer in charge of the project, Udo Lang, commented “this is just one example of how we are supporting EU missions and operations, it is a real success story and hopefully we can build on this collaboration in the future.”