UNOPS is committed to operating in a transparent, accountable manner and to communicate openly and clearly with stakeholders in order to build trust between the organization and member states, partners and the general public.

The UNOPS accountability framework and oversight policies, prepared pursuant to Executive Board decision 2008/13, provide a comprehensive overview of UNOPS accountability and oversight practices. Among other things, the framework sets out the UNOPS oversight mechanisms and processes, and the roles and responsibilities of designated authorities both within and outside the organization.

The Executive Board reviews the reports of oversight bodies at its sessions. All reports and other documents submitted to the Executive Board are available on the Executive Board documents pages of this website. View recent accountability and oversight reports.

The main oversight bodies are:

The Internal Audit and Investigations Group

The Strategy and Audit Advisory Committee(SAAC)

SAAC provides the Executive Director with external, independent, senior level advice regarding the organization’s strategic, business, and audit objectives including any significant risk management issues. Current members include:

  • Robin McPhail: Robin McPhail is a former partner in Deloitte and currently serves as an independent advisor to boards, companies and governments on international, sustainable economic and business development. During his career with Deloitte, based in Europe, USA and Africa, he co-founded and managed the global management consultancy business, Emerging Markets Group, Ltd., which focused on private sector involvement in economic and social development throughout Asia, Africa, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. He is currently based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania serving clients and Boards in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.
  • Amalia Lo Faso: An international consultant in internal oversight and member of the PAHO Audit Committee. Served until 2009 as Inspector General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), responsible for designing, organizing and directing internal oversight.
  • Anni Haraszuk: A qualified State Authorized Public Accountant and Management Consultant in Denmark, working with Globalized Companies, including in Chinese and US contexts. Experience includes finance, strategic risk management, governance services and auditing activities.
  • Mads Øvlisen: An advisor to the UN Global Compact Board, being the chairman of its Advisory Group in Supply Chain Sustainability. He was also president and CEO of Novo Industri A/S (1981-1989) and Novo Nordisk A/S (1989-2000).

The Terms of Reference for the Strategy and Audit Advisory committee are available here.

The Ethics Officer

The Executive Board

The United Nations Board of Auditors (BoA)

The General Assembly established the BoA to audit of the accounts of the United Nations organization and its funds and programmes and to report its findings and recommendations to the Assembly through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions.

The Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System

The independent external oversight body of the United Nations system mandated to conduct evaluations, inspections and investigations system-wide.

The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) is the main committee of the General Assembly entrusted with responsibilities for administration and budgetary matters.

The Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ)

Among its tasks, ACABQ examines the administrative budgets of the specialized agencies and proposals for financial arrangements with such agencies. It also considers and reports to the General Assembly on the auditors’ reports on the accounts of the specialized agencies.

Recent accountability and oversight reports

Key reports submitted to the Executive Board:

From the United Nations Board of Auditors:

Secretary-General's bulletins

International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS)