Contract types

UNOPS currently uses four types of construction contracts, similarly structured but at differing levels of complexity.

This flexibility allows UNOPS to accommodate works of varying scale and scope, and to adapt to varying capacities of contractors and governments, while providing world-class standards. All four contracts are based on the contract templates of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), tailored by UNOPS for use in the development context. 

These contracts help ensure quality performance, better control of the process and reduced risk for partners – protecting the interests of donors, governments, UNOPS and its contractors, in a professional and transparent way. They offer four key advantages:

  • Simplicity: Each contract combines all documents into one legal instrument, removing the problem of conflicting information and discrepancies between documents.
  • Efficiency: UNOPS contracts were developed to simplify document management and contract administration, leading to lower risks and improved efficiency.
  • Flexibility: UNOPS contracts are adapted to different levels of complexity and can be adjusted to the particular requirements of each project.
  • Built-in dispute resolution mechanisms: While preserving the privileges and immunities of UNOPS, these contracts incorporate a multi-tiered dispute resolution mechanism that promote the amicable resolution of disputes at the project level.

UNOPS is also developing contract templates for design services.