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

​ ​Using limited resources effectively

Resources for peacebuilding, 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 the 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 and access all our operational and financial data.

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.

Many of UNOPS processes and services have already been independently certified by these outside bodies, including:

Empowering high performance

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

  • UNOPS project management certification programme
  • PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner certification
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants certification
  • CIPS certification
  • United Nations System Staff College training ​

UNOPS belief in the importance of excellence means that we have well-trained and committed people on our teams, robust processes and tools, and the financial stability that allows us to invest in improving the services we offer.

Read more about UNOPS reforms and achievements.

Managing health and safety, social and environmental aspects at UNOPS

UNOPS makes a substantial contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals by running a solid corporate Health, Safety, Social and Environmental (HSSE) management system.

UNOPS commitment towards safeguarding occupational health and safety and social and environmental aspects across all UNOPS projects and facilities is outlined in our po​licy on HSSE management.

UNOPS has been implementing an environmental management system since 2013 and a health and safety management system since 2014, and has successfully certified to international standards a number of countries: our offices in Afghanistan, Ghana and Sri Lanka 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.

The UNOPS health and safety management system guarantees the occupational health, safety and welfare of all individuals involved in UNOPS projects and facilities, and helps manage associated risks and opportunities throughout UNOPS operations and in each of the delivery stages of our projects.

The UNOPS social and environmental management system helps identify social and environmental impacts across all of our activities and facilities around the world, so that appropriate mitigation activities can be implemented. ​

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