Category

Funds and Programmes

HQ location

Copenhagen

Date established

1974

Resolution

GA res. 48/501 (1994)

Joined CEB

2016

Leadership

Executive Director

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.

On 20 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in which the 192 member states reaffirmed UNOPS mandate and the range of partners that the organisation can work with. ​

The resolution also endorsed a number of earlier decisions taken by the Economic and Social Council of the Gen​​​eral Assembly and UNOPS Executive Board regarding the organization.

The Assembly highlighted UNOPS role as a central resource for the United Nations system in procurement and contract management as well as in civil works and physical infrastructure development, including the related capacity development activities.

The resolution also recognized the potential for value-adding contributions that UNOPS can make in providing efficient, cost-effective services to partners in the areas of project management, human resources, financial management and common/shared services.

In the context of coherence and the furthering of United Nations objectives, UNOPS may act as a service provider to various actors in the development, humanitarian and peacekeeping arenas, including the United Nations, its agencies, funds and programmes, donor and recipient governments, intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, foundations and the private sector.

The Assembly also decided to rename the Executive Board to include UNOPS in its title, making it the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Services. It furthermore endorsed an earlier decision concerning the governance structure of UNOPS whereby the Executive Director reports directly to the UN Secretary-General and the Executive Board, and has the authority to sign host country agreements and appoint UNOPS representatives in the field.

The full text of the above legislative documents can be found in General Assembly resolutionA/RES/65/176,  adopted at its 65th session in December 2010, the ECOSOC resolution 2010/23 (July 2010) and the Executive Board decisions 2008/35 (September 2008), 2009/25 (September 2009), 2010/7 ( January 2010) and 2010/21 (June 2010).

Established as part of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in 1974, UNOPS became an independent self-financing organisation in 1995 under GA decision 48/501 (1994).

An updated governance structure for UNOPS was endorsed by the General Assembly in December 2010, confirming a series of decisions and policies developed by the Executive Board during the previous four years that have made UNOPS more accountable and transparent.

The General Assembly also decided to rename the Executive Board to include UNOPS in its title, making it the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Services. It also endorsed an earlier decision whereby the Executive Director reports directly to the UN Secretary-General and the Executive Board, and has the authority to sign host country agreements and appoint UNOPS representatives in the field.

Other key decisions by the Executive Board that have helped transform the organisation include the Financial Regulations and Rules, which govern the financial management of UNOPS, and the Strategic Plan 2010-13, which defines UNOPS' position in the UN and its goals.

The full text of the legislative documents can be found in GA res. A/RES/65/176 (December 2010), ECOSOC res. 2010/23 (July 2010) and the Executive Board decisions 2008/35 (September 2008), 2009/25 (September 2009), 2010/7 (January 2010) and 2010/21 (June 2010).

UNOPS is a self-financing organisation, operating on a full cost-recovery basis from fees earned for services rendered, with no assessed or voluntary budget funding. The management fees are determined on a case-by-case basis and take into account the level of effort, complexity and risk of the services delivered.

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PO Box 2695
DK-2100 Copenhagen
Denmark
Telephone: (+45) 3546 7500
Fax: (+45) 3546 7501
Email: info@unops.org