HR management 

UNOPS provides high quality human resources management services to United Nations organizations, international financial institutions, governments and non-governmental organizations.

UNOPS human resources services can range from one-off, customized solutions to long-term HR management support.

As a United Nations organization with more than 30 years experience in development settings, UNOPS sources experts and field personnel to work in every operational sector, including physical infrastructure, mine action, environmental rehabilitation, security and public order, census and elections, education and health.

HR services catalogue

UNOPS has released a new guide to the human resource services it offers as a way of expanding its support to partners in humanitarian and development projects. The catalogue covers recruitment and selection, pre-employment screening, contract administration and more. To find out more about these services, read the full catalogue.

Recruitment and selection

UNOPS can manage the selection and recruitment process from start to finish, including designing terms of reference, writing and publishing vacancy announcements in web-based and print media, screening and interviewing applicants and negotiating contract terms on behalf of partners. UNOPS collaborates closely with partners throughout, giving them freedom to participate in the process.

Human resources advice

With a network of five regional offices and a further 20 operations and project centres worldwide, UNOPS human resources experts offer partners immediate and localized guidance on all aspects of HR management. That includes information on United Nations rules and regulations, appropriate contractual modalities and up-to-date techniques and standards for managing performance, developing talent and guiding organizational change.

Managing contracts and entitlements

By handling all aspects of personnel contracts and entitlements, UNOPS allows partners to focus on achieving their project goals. UNOPS services include administering salaries, medical insurance, international relocations and other relevant benefits and entitlements. UNOPS can also handle disciplinary issues and appeals.

Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)

UNOPS is leading HR reform in the United Nations system with the introduction of the Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA). This flexible and all-encompassing contract modality engages personnel in an individual capacity and replaces the complicated system of different contracts that existed before. In this way, the ICA has simplified and streamlined the recruitment process for many personnel.

Where appropriate, UNOPS can also offer other contract modalities to meet specific partner needs. Fixed-term appointments are granted for a period of one to five years at a time and temporary appointments are granted for less than one year to meet seasonal or peak workloads and specific short-term requirements.