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: One of the founders and currently a senior adviser with Emerging Markets Group.
- 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.
- Luis Gomez-Echeverri: Presently Associate Director of the Global Energy Assessment at IIASA, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. He has worked for the United Nations for over 30 years in a variety of positions, countries and regions.
- 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).
- Ibrahim Assane Mayaki: Currently the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency.
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:
International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS)