UNOPS was established in 1974 as part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and became an independent organization in 1995.
UNOPS transparent, accountable management services meet the highest international standards. Partners are assured consistent performance to agreed standards of quality, timeliness and cost, and safeguards against implementation risk.
UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.
Values and principles
UNOPS values and principles are based on several sources, notably the UN Charter, the Millennium Declaration, and the Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review decision of the General Assembly. UNOPS commits to the following core values:
1. Accountability for results and the efficient use of resources: Timely and thorough reporting of financial and operational results. Transparency, unsurpassed ethical standards and the maximum contribution to UN peacebuilding, humanitarian and development goals.
2. Respect of national ownership and capacity: Serving governments directly or indirectly via work for the UN family, international financial institutions or non-governmental organizations.
3. Harmonization within the UN and beyond: As a system partner, playing by shared rules and contributing to the whole.
4. Service to others: Providing services, with no other agenda than to contribute expertise to implement agreed goals.