Established in 1992 and based in San Salvador, UNOPS in El Salvador offers clients expertise in project implementation, that delivers projects more quickly and cost-effectively.
Besides project management, core UNOPS in El Salvador services include recruiting and contracting international consultants and experts, contracting firms, procuring goods and services, financial and fund management, and technical assistance.
The following are examples of UNOPS in El Salvador's support to clients in some key sectors:
The four-year Promoting Equity Through Economic Growth Programme, financed by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), seeks to improve living standards by raising economic growth rates. Efforts centre on interaction between the Government, donor agencies and the small-scale private sector to remove legal, institutional and physical impediments to business activity.
UNOPS in El Salvador executes the Programme, administering and monitoring resources, recruiting and managing programme personnel and contracting non-government organizations to conduct research and policy analysis.
Thanks to the programme, small- and medium-sized enterprises have improved their competitiveness and their access to local and regional markets.
UNOPS in El Salvador also administers the Government of Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid programme in El Salvador and Nicaragua, which assists economic development and rebuilding following Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and the earthquake of 2001. The grant aid goes to local businesses in the form of affordable loans that can finance imports of goods and equipment for manufacturing or resale in local markets, thereby generating employment and incomes. UNOPS in El Salvador is responsible for the grants, handling all aspects of procuring the imported goods.
As part of the European Commission’s Anti-Poverty Partnership Initiative/Territorial Integrated Participative Program (APPI/TIPP), UNOPS in El Salvador helped provide the people of San Francisco Gotera municipality in El Salvador with access to safe drinking water. In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNOPS in El Salvador planned, executed and supervised the construction work necessary to guarantee sustainable, 24-hour potable water supplies.
Human Rights Operations in Colombia is a comprehensive human rights programme jointly financed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and fourteen national governments. Activities include observing, reporting on and promoting human rights and international humanitarian law, as well as providing technical assistance and strengthening national authorities and civil society. On behalf of OHCHR, UNOPS in El Salvador handles day-to-day operations, such as administering and monitoring resources, and recruiting and administering office personnel.
For the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of El Salvador, UNOPS in El Salvador supervises rural development projects that are raising living standards, developing local capacity and increasing participation in community decision-making. An IFAD project in North-Eastern El Salvador addressed the needs of 12,000 families, 42 per cent of whom were living in extreme poverty. An ongoing project in the central region targets a further 13,500 poor, rural families.
On behalf of various international donors UNOPS supports the Regional Unit for Technical Assistance. The Unit helps the governments of the seven countries of Central America to develop sustainable governance, leading to more effective policies and a guaranteed supply of goods and services to public institutions addressing poverty mitigation and rural development.