The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
The UNOPS Possibilities (UP) Programme aims to enhance the diversity of our supply base to ensure that the suppliers we work with share and reflect the values of the people and communities we serve. More than just a traditional supplier diversity programme, Possibilities is about enabling micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to explore and unlock their potential to do business with us.
Launched in 2016 and composed of three initiatives – the UP Forums, Portal and Toolbox – UNOPS Possibilities supports local MSMEs. With a focus on women and youth-owned businesses and other special interest groups, we strive to build their capacity as successful entrepreneurs through awareness campaigns, providing advice and support, and by developing tailored free online training tools.
UNOPS Possibilities Forums
In collaboration with local partners, UNOPS organizes inspirational virtual and in-person UP Forums in targeted countries, strengthening national capacity and inspiring business owners to develop and grow.
With this forum, I found that there are other people in the world like us that believe not just in teaching skills, but in teaching an attitude, and how to be socially and emotionally strong.
UNOPS Possibilities Portal
Through the Possibilities Portal, UNOPS engages with the private sector and the supplier community to identify new solutions and suppliers to challenges and projects in the field. A free and easy-to-use questionnaire, the portal enables suppliers to share fresh ideas and help us find new ways to tackle humanitarian and development challenges.
UNOPS Possibilities Toolbox
UNOPS recognizes that participating in public tenders – including UNOPS procurement processes – can be daunting. Our suppliers are critical to our success and that’s why we continue to develop free online training courses and other resources to help existing and potential suppliers build their capacity and enhance their opportunities of being awarded UNOPS contracts.