The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)


Organizational excellence, like sustainable development, is not a destination.

It is a journey in which knowledge and technology are adapted continuously, and multiple interests, components and efforts come together to achieve better outcomes.

Excellence is what drives us. We believe that continuously improving our knowledge, skills and processes leads to the best possible results for communities in need.

Empowering high performance

A great project manager, experienced engineer or skilled procurement expert can make the difference between a project failing and succeeding. Our commitment to excellence extends to all personnel, by providing continuous training at all levels. Every year we arrange for hundreds of UNOPS personnel to undertake high-level training programmes.

Using limited resources effectively

Resources for peace and security, humanitarian and development projects are often limited and need to be used effectively. For UNOPS, this means providing value for money and being transparent about how the money is spent and how results are achieved. It also means constantly watching our costs and looking for ways to deliver quality results in a timely manner.

Read more about UNOPS commitment to the transparency agenda.

Gathering best practice

UNOPS continuously benchmarks against external bodies, striving for relevant certifications and adopting internationally recognized best practices. This ensures that our processes actively increase the effectiveness of our partners' projects – again, helping donors and developing countries spread their limited budgets further.

Health, Safety, Social and Environmental (HSSE) management system

UNOPS commitment to occupational health and safety and social and environmental aspects across all UNOPS projects and facilities is outlined in our Policy on HSSE management.  UNOPS has implemented an environmental management system since 2013, and a health and safety management system since 2014. Several offices, including Afghanistan, Ghana and Sri Lanka have been successfully certified under ISO 14001, while our headquarters in Denmark, and our offices in Kosovo*, the State of Palestine and Myanmar are certified under both ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.


  • *all references to Kosovo are made in the context of UNSCR 1244.
  • EFQM

    UNOPS is recognized by the European Foundation for Quality Management for excellence in management practices.

  • International Federation of Consulting Engineers

    UNOPS FIDIC-based contracts are tailored for use by the UN and guarantee the interests of donors, governments, UNOPS and its contractors are protected in a professional and transparent way.

  • PRINCE2®

    PEOPLECERT Accredited Training Organization
    PRINCE2®  is the world's most widely adopted project management method. UNOPS is accredited by PEOPLECERT to deliver PRINCE2 training courses.

  • PMI Registered Consultant

    One of the world’s largest not-for-profit membership associations for the project management profession.

  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

    Ensuring procurement best practice, UNOPS is a recognized global leader in sustainable procurement, having achieved the gold certificate.

  • Global Reporting Initiative

    An independent standards organization helping businesses, governments and organizations understand and communicate their impact on a range of issues. As a Gold Community member, UNOPS is shaping the future of sustainability and reporting.

  • ISO 9001 System Certification

    UNOPS gained the prestigious ISO 9001 quality management system certification in June 2011, making it the first UN organization to be globally certified

    Source: SGS

  • International Aid Transparency Initiative

    An initiative seeking to improve the transparency of aid to increase its effectiveness in tackling poverty. UNOPS was the first UN organization to publish data about its operations on the IATI registry.