Justice and security sector reform 

In post-conflict and post-disaster situations, re-establishing conditions of security for the population and the rule of law are preconditions for sustainable peace and development.

UNOPS offers partners a comprehensive set of implementation support services that reduce risks; improve speed, quality or cost-effectiveness, and allow our partners to focus on their policy-oriented mandates and core competencies.

Support services that UNOPS provides to partners include:

Partners include the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank and national governments.

Security sector reform

On behalf of the European Union, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the Government of the United States of America, UNOPS provides project management and administrative support to the Appointment of Judges and Prosecutors project. The project supports establishment of an independent and professional judiciary and prosecution service to administer Kosovo’s justice system.

The Government of Bangladesh, UNDP and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development launched the Police Reform Programme aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Bangladesh Police. The programme is being implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Bangladesh Police. The European Commission is also a major partner in the programme with UNOPS providing project support.

Physical infrastructure

In Afghanistan, UNOPS has been involved in several prison construction projects for UNODC since 2005, including the Pol-e-Charki High Security Prison, the Kabul Female Detention Center, the Kabul Juvenile Detention Center, and the Gardez Medium Security Provincial Prison. UNOPS is currently rehabilitating the Central Prison Directorate headquarters in Kabul.

UNOPS is assisting the implementation of support to the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) coordinated by the European Union Police Coordination Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS). The upgrade of the existing Police Training Facility in Jericho is part of this assistance. The facility is being refurbished and upgraded in order to expand the capacity from 150 officers and cadets to 620 personnel. The upgrade project is funded by the European Commission as well as by the Governments of Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden.


UNOPS procured uniforms for the Peruvian National Police as part of a project to support the modernization of the Peruvian Ministry of the Interior. The procurement of the uniforms has been conducted within the framework of the Management Services Agreement signed between the Peruvian Ministry of the Interior and UNDP.

Humanitarian mine action and the removal of unexploded ordnance

UNOPS helps clients such as UNDP and UNMAS to plan, implement, manage and monitor their Mine Action projects and programmes. UNMAS often employs UNOPS to deliver fast procurement, recruitment and operational management to facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid and launch emergency mine clearance.

Disarmament, demobilization, reintegration of ex-combatants

In Nigeria, the reintegration of former militants and vulnerable youth into the community has been identified as a critical factor and necessary component for the sustainable peace and development initiative in the Niger Delta. UNOPS has developed a reorientation programme to address the social challenges affecting former militants and support their reintegration into wider society.

Return and reintegration of internally displaced people

Working in partnership with the Government of Iraq’s Ministry of Displacement and Migration and with the funding of the United Nations Development Group Iraq Trust Fund, UNOPS supported a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) initiative aimed at enhancing the capacity of Iraq’s national, regional and local authorities to support internally displaced people (IDPs).

In order to gain more information about the needs of IDPs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an inter-agency profiling project funded by UNHCR and executed in close collaboration with the World Food Programme was launched in the IDP camps in North Kivu Province. Since February 2009 the project has been implemented by UNOPS.

National capacity development

UNOPS support to EUPOL COPPS has also included helping to establish a training fund to support more than 50 training courses in areas such as criminal investigation, traffic management, Italian language skills for tourist police, and family protection for Palestinian Civil Police.