Established in 1995, the Kenya Operations Centre manages more than 60 projects in 15 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa.
UNOPS in Kenya helps clients achieve their project goals in the following key sectors:
For Liberia’s Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and with funding from the Government of Sweden, UNOPS in Kenya is constructing or rehabilitating five local administration buildings equipped with solar panels in Grand Kru, River Gee, Rivercess, Margibi, and Montserrado counties.
The District-based Peace Building & Reconciliation Project in Somalia (DBPB), designed by Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and funded by the Government of Italy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is an important resource for Transitional Federal Institutions as it promotes reconciliation efforts for the Somali population. Despite a challenging political situation the DBPB project has helped facilitate the democratic election of district and regional authorities in three regions to date, and is active in an additional three regions.
Working closely with UNICEF, UNOPS in Kenya has also built a unique, multi-purpose Peace School complex on the "Green Line" in Galkayo, Somalia, a town divided by inter-clan conflict for many years. The Peace School planning process has contributed to reconciliation by bringing clans together for construction decisions and to establish a joint Community Education Committee. The school comprises teachers and students from both clans.
In 2007 KEOC worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to rehabilitate the Out Patient Department of Baidoa Hospital in South-Central Somalia. The work, completed in only 45 days, improved health services in Somalia’s Bay Region and helped reinforce the peace process. UNOPS in Kenya is now also rehabilitating the Baidoa Hospital and the Galkayo Hospital, and has conducted a technical assessment of two hospitals in Mogadishu which are to be funded for rehabilitation in 2008 through the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP).
In partnership with Wetlands International and BirdLife International, and with funding from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNOPS is managing the largest ever international wetlands and waterbird conservation initiative in the Africa-Eurasia region: the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project.
UNOPS supervises loans, and implements and administers grants for IFAD projects across Africa. It oversees compliance with funding agreements and establishes rules and procedures for the withdrawal of funds and subsequent procurement activities. KEOC currently assists IFAD in Angola, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
UNOPS in Kenya manages agricultural, pastoral, social development and microfinance projects for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in eastern and southern Africa. Using a participatory approach UNOPS is rehabilitating feeder roads to improve access to markets and subsurface/sand storage water dams, thereby addressing food and water supply problems.