UNOPS

Accountability

UNOPS is committed to operating in a transparent and accountable manner, and to communicating openly and clearly with all stakeholders in order to build trust between the organization and its member states, partners and the general public.​

Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB)​ ©WIPO/Emmanuel Berrod​

UNOPS governing bodies

UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board

The Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS is the governing body of UNOPS. The Executive Director is accountable to the Secretary-General and the Executive Board for all phases and aspects of UNOPS financial activities and day-to-day management.

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. In UNOPS case, the ACABQ submits comments and recommendations on UNOPS budget to the Executive Board prior its review and approval.

Coordination and advice

UNOPS is committed to enhance coherence and effectiveness in the UN system, therefore the Executive Director coordinates with UN peers and takes external advice from different senior level bodies.

Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB)

The CEB provides broad guidance, coordination and strategic direction for the UN system as a whole in the areas under the responsibility of executive heads. Focus is placed on inter-agency priorities and initiatives while ensuring that the independent mandates of organizations are maintained. The CEB carries out its role through three mechanisms:

  • High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP)

  • High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM)

  • United Nations Development Group (UNDG)

Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)

The overarching purpose of the PAC is to provide the Executive Director of UNOPS with senior-level advice and support regarding the organization’s strategic business objectives within the UN context.

Audit Advisory Committee (AAC)

The AAC assists the UNOPS Executive Director in fulfilling his/her responsibilities regarding the organization's oversight, financial management and reporting, internal audit and investigation, external audit, risk management, and systems of internal control and accountability. The primary role of the Committee is to advise the Executive Director.

Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE)

The SAGE provides external, independent, expert, non-binding advice and guidance on the application of relevant best practices and industry standards to assist the Executive Director in fulfilling her/his responsibilities for developing and implementing the organization's strategy.

Current members of AAC and of SAGE include:

  • Anni Haraszuk is a state authorized public accountant in Denmark, with previous leadership experience at Deloitte. She currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of K2P, which develops and provides artificial intelligence software for valuation and financial analysis. She also holds the role of Executive Director at the Compliance Consortium, a global business and research forum for strategic compliance and business models in the age of digital disruption.

    Ms. Haraszuk has worked with multinational companies, focusing on China and the US, as well as artificial intelligence, and the value of big data in leadership, business models and audit. Her experience includes finance, valuation, strategy and strategic risk management, governance services and auditing activities. She specializes in audit committees and holds several board positions.

    Ms. Haraszuk is also a part of a private equity forum focused on accelerating companies globally within the food and health sectors.  ​

  • Bente Svensson is currently developing the Olympiatoppen (Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee) High Performance Cluster, a collaboration for extraordinary achievements and development of high-performance culture in sports, dance, opera, music, academia, public- and private-sector businesses. Ms. Svensson was a Global Partner in Accenture from 1986 to 2014, serving global clients, as well as leading the quality assurance and risk management, and building and leading its group for strategic advisory, high-performance development and sustainability services.  

  • Mads Øvlisen is an advisor to the UN Global Compact Board and 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).

  • Robin McPhail is a former partner at Deloitte, and currently serves as an independent advisor to boards, companies and governments on international, sustainable economic and business development. During his career with Deloitte, based in Europe, the United States and Africa, Mr. McPhail co-founded and managed the global management consultancy business, Emerging Markets Group, Ltd., which focused on private-sector involvement in economic and social development throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe. and Latin America. He is currently based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and serves clients and boards in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

  • S. Bhaskaris the Chief Internal Auditor for Tata Capital Ltd., who is widely experienced in the fields of corporate governance, internal audit, enterprise risk management, supply chain, and finance and accounts. He has 30 years of work experience in diverse sectors, such as fast moving consumer goods, logistics and consulting. He is a member of the Global Institute Relations Committee of the Institute of Internal Auditors and former President of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Bombay Chapter. He has previously engaged in various operational roles, including Chief Financial Officer at Sical Logistics Limited, Head of Commercial for HPC Exports, and senior materials manager and commercial manager with Hindustan Unilever Limited. He is a chartered accountant (India) and has attended the Advance Management Program at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Sheila Khama is a Practice Manager in the Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice at the World Bank, where she focuses on East and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South and Central Asia, and Europe, as well as the Extractives Global Programmatic Support Trust Fund. She joined the World Bank after serving as Director of the African Natural Resources Center at the African Development Bank. Sheila has 20 years of experience as public policy advisor, sustainable development practitioner, and former mining industry executive in and outside of Africa. She has performed several functions, including as a compliance officer for 20 subsidiaries of the Anglo American Corporation, Chief Executive Officer of De Beers Botswana and extractives policy advisor to select regional governments. Sheila holds a Bachelor of Arts and MBA degrees from the Universities of Botswana and Edinburgh. She is a member of several committees, including the Technical Advisory Group of Oxford University's Natural Resource Charter and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment at Columbia University.

The Terms of Reference for both the AAC and the SAGE are available here.

External and internal oversight

UN Board of Auditors (UNBOA) – external oversight

The General Assembly established the BoA to audit 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 (ACABQ). The UNBOA is solely responsible for the conduct of external and independent audits of UNOPS. It also assists the Executive Director and Director of Finance in working towards certification of UNOPS financial statements, after ensuring compliance with legislation and internal control requirements.

The Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System external oversight

The independent external oversight body of the United Nations system, mandated to conduct evaluations, inspections and investigations system-wide aimed at improving management and methods, and at achieving greater coordination between organizations.

Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) – external oversight

The OIOS is an operationally independent office that assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his internal oversight responsibilities in respect of the UN resources and staff through monitoring, internal audit, inspection, evaluation and investigation. In specific cases and by request, the OIOS may also provide investigative support to UNOPS.

The Internal Audit and Investigation Group – internal oversight

The Ethics Officer – internal oversight

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