UNOPS in Switzerland is based in Geneva and coordinates the office in Pristina, Kosovo. Collocated with more than 200 international organizations, UNOPS in Switzerland boasts excellent links with the international community.
Local and international clients call upon UNOPS in Switzerland's expertise in fund management, project management, procurement of goods and services, and human resources administration to ensure successful delivery of their projects.
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global multi-stakeholder partnership organization that works to improve the lives of poor people. WSSCC enhances collaboration among sector agencies and professionals around sanitation and water supply and contributes to the broader goals of poverty eradication, health and environmental improvement, gender equality and long-term social and economic development. UNOPS became host of WSSCC’s Secretariat in August 2009, providing services such as ensuring that WSSCC has robust legal, financial and administrative frameworks in place to carry out its work.
For UNEP in Serbia UNOPS in Switzerland organized bids and contracted international companies to remove hazardous waste from a bombed car factory in Kragujevac and a petroleum refinery in Pancevo, helping clean up areas of environmental concern.
The Global Fund Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) is an innovative financing mechanism set up in 2002 to attract, manage and disburse funding to fight the three diseases. To date the fund has committed more than $15 billion to support ground-breaking, targeted interventions in 140 countries. As a financial instrument, GFATM has no in-country presence and so operates through local fund agents (LFAs) which oversee, verify and report on grant performance at the country level. Since the inception of GFATM, UNOPS in Switzerland has served as an LFA in challenging settings such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzogovina, Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.
The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is a joint initiative and partnership designed to reduce poverty and increase access to markets amongst the fifty Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The partnership includes the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the International Trade Center and the United Nations Development Programme. UNOPS in Switzerland is the designated fund manager for the EIF initiative and is expected to receive $50,000,000 per year over five years from donors and distribute this amount to the Least Developed Countries.
Human resources administration
UNOPS in Switzerland has extensive experience providing human resources services to complex and demanding projects in peacebuilding settings. Such services include recruiting personnel and expert consultants, and managing contracts and payments.
Interpeace, an international peacebuilding alliance, has been providing local and national authorities in conflict or emerging from war with tools to strengthen and rebuild their societies since 1994. UNOPS in Switzerland recruits project personnel and contractors for Interpeace, to help overcome the challenges of reconstruction and reconciliation in countries such as Cyprus, Israel, Liberia, Palestine and Somalia.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was established in 1997 and is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. Since then, UNODC became a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. UNOPS in Switzerland provides human resources management to the Global Programme against Money-Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism, the Anti Corruption Mentor Programme and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT), which was launched 2007.
On behalf of European Union, the Italian Government and Government of the USA, UNOPS provides project management and administrative support to the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) for projects such as the Appointment of Judges and Prosecutors project and the UNMIK Civilian Police and the Kosovo Police project. Further information can be found on the Pristina Project Centre webpage.