UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services)

UNOPS profile

  • Overview

    The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.

    UNOPS provides project management, procurement and infrastructure services to governments, donors and UN organizations, such as the Government of Haiti, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

    Projects

    Our partners currently rely on our proven expertise to increase the speed, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of over 1,000 projects, often in the most challenging environments. UNOPS builds the infrastructure needed for development, such as schools, hospitals and roads in post-disaster and conflict-affected areas, as well as in economies in transition. We provide expert procurement support to help governments buy the goods and services they need. We manage projects and programmes of every size, while simultaneously enhancing the capacity of developing countries to manage their own initiatives. Read more about the projects we are currently supporting or watch a video about UNOPS results.

    Mission

    To serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

    Vision

    To advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying ​or surpassing partner expectations.

    Areas of support

    UNOPS is concentrating its efforts in areas where we have a clear mandate and expertise:
    • Project Management
    • Infrastructure
    • Procurement

    UNOPS has over 30 years of experience working in these areas, and is committed to innovation and the incorporation of external standards. UNOPS is self-financing and our effective delivery allows us to help our partners spread their limited development budgets further.

    Levels of support

    UNOPS tailors its support to the needs of its partners, and can deliver one key element of a project, offer expert advice or manage entire projects or programmes. As such, UNOPS offers three main kinds of services:
    • Implementation – implementing partners’ projects efficiently and effectively, with the involvement of all stakeholders
    • Advisory – developing national capacity in our core mandated areas
    • Transactional – providing stand-alone human resource management and procurement services

    Locations

    With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it. A flexible structure and global reach means we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

    Preferences in private sector partnership

    When partnering with non-UN and non-state entities, UNOPS focuses on the following four broad categories, which are not mutually exclusive:
    • Product and Service development: Finding innovative approaches to address specific needs
    • Knowledge sharing and Capacity Development: Capitalizing on each other’s complementary skills and knowledge
    • Advocacy Campaigns and Communication: Jointly raising public awareness
    • Resource mobilization: Mobilizing resources, including from responsible social investment funds

    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Project funding; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel

    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 5. Gender equality; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Issue areas

    Anti-Corruption; Biodiversity; Child Labour; Climate Change; Energy; Forced Labour; Gender Equality; Health; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Labour; Migrant Workers; Peace; Persons with Disabilities; Poverty; Principle 1; Principle 10; Principle 2; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Rule of Law; Water and Sanitation; Women's Empowerment

    Regions / countries / territories

    Africa: 53 countries (click to show)
    Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Canary Islands; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo; Congo (Democratic Republic of the); Cote d'Ivoire; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mayotte (France); Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Saint Helena; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan (Republic of); Sudan; Swaziland; Togo; Uganda; United Republic of Tanzania; Western Sahara; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Americas: 44 countries (click to show)
    Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Bolivia; Brazil; Cayman Islands; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; El Salvador; Falkland Islands (Malvinas); French Guiana; Galapagos Islands (Ecuador); Grenada; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Mexico; Montserrat; Netherlands Antilles; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; Uruguay; Venezuela
    Asia: 36 countries (click to show)
    Afghanistan; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China; China - Macau (Special Administrative Region); China - Taiwan Province; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cyprus; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Georgia; India; Indonesia; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Maldives; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Thailand; Timor Leste; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan; Vietnam
    Europe: 5 countries (click to show)
    Aland Islands (Finland); Albania; Denmark; Serbia; The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
    Middle East: 19 countries (click to show)
    Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Morocco; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; State of Palestine; Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
    Oceania: 23 countries (click to show)
    American Samoa; Cook Islands; Fiji; Guam; Heard and McDonald Islands; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Nauru; New Caledonia; Niue; Norfolk Island; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Pitcairn; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu; Wallis and Futuna Islands

    Type(s) of services / business sectors

    Automobiles & Parts; Banks; Construction & Materials; Financial Services; Health Care; Industrial Goods & Services; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Insurance; Other; Technology; Telecommunications; Utilities

    Goods categories

    Computer hardware & software; Environmental; Home appliances & supplies; Industrial; Medical & scientific; Medicine & health; Personal care products & luggage; Shelter & construction; Telecommunications; Transportation