UNOPS has had an office in Khartoum since 2005. We work closely with the Government of Sudan and international partners to support humanitarian response, recovery and development initiatives by contributing our delivery expertise.
After the separation of South Sudan on 9 July, 2011, the Juba office became the headquarters of a separate South Sudan Operations Centre.
UNOPS is the United Nations sector lead for the Basic Infrastructure Sector in Sudan. Our staff are experts in project implementation, specializing in post-conflict infrastructure construction and procurement services. We have a proven track record of using appropriate planning, local knowledge and specialized skills to respond to Sudan’s environmental and security constraints.
The following are examples of UNOPS support to partners in some key sectors in Sudan:
Water Resource Management
In Darfur, UNOPS is working in close coordination with the United Nations Environment Programme in the implementation of a drought mitigation project to repair and rehabilitate ‘water harvesting’ infrastructure in mainly rural areas, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
UNOPS is also implementing a major DFID-funded urban water supply improvement project in four cities of Darfur. This activity is carried out in close coordination with the three Darfur State Water Corporations and the Government’s Public Water Corporation.
As implementing partner for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kurmuk, Blue Nile State, UNOPS has rehabilitated an all-weather airstrip and a seven kilometre access road and constructed an airport terminal and warehouse.
In Darfur, through the Common Humanitarian Fund, UNOPS engineers provided UN, government and NGO partners with technical support to the humanitarian mission. Activities included assessments of proposed project sites, local companies, airstrips, dams and other infrastructure needs.
UNOPS rehabilitated 14 primary schools in coordination with the United Nations Children’s Fund in South Kordofan state between 2004 and 2007.
Census and Elections
Between 2006 and 2010 UNOPS provided support to Sudan’s $70 million census operation on behalf of the Multi-Donor Trust Fund. UNOPS procured a range of goods including prefabricated offices and computer equipment and also provided over 900 hours of training to government staff in logistics, operations and communications.
Human Resource Management
UNOPS provides human resources management services to partners around the world, ranging from recruitment and selection to contract and entitlement management. In Sudan, UNOPS is currently providing HR support to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The UN’s Mine Action Service in Sudan (UNMAS-S) clears mines and other explosive remnants of war, while also developing the capacity of national authorities to coordinate all mine action activities in Sudan. UNMAS-S is supported by the UNOPS Mine Action Cluster in New York.
Key achievements from 2005 to date include:
- More than 72 million square meters of dangerous areas cleared
- Around 25,000 kilometres of roads verified or cleared
- 1,473 hazardous areas cleared
- More than 10,700 mines, 43,000 items of unexploded ordnance, and 382,000 Small Arms Ammunitions removed or destroyed
- More than 1.8 million people received mine risk education
- 26 Victim Assistance projects developed and implemented in collaboration with Government agencies