Our approach

At UNOPS, meeting time, cost and quality targets for our projects is as important as delivering outputs. We use our implementation expertise and local knowledge to increase the impact and sustainability of our partners' projects.

In order to add value and ensure sustainability, we believe we must: consult and engage communities, empower those most vulnerable, manage environmental impacts, consider the total cost of ownership and provide training for continued maintenance.

By engaging communities, UNOPS ensures projects meet their needs and have a positive impact. Photo: UNOPS

Developing local capacity, promoting local ownership

Capacity development is core to all of UNOPS activities. We work to bring added value to each stage of project planning and implementation. Managing the construction of a school within time and budget, for example, is only part of the challenge; a successful project creates a usable learning environment, incorporating community needs, the local context and ongoing maintenance requirements.


Measuring sustainable success

Our work is in line with our core values and sustainability objectives, which target gender equality, the empowerment of women, national capacity development and environmental management. By considering the social, economic and environmental impacts of a project, we prioritize project sustainability.


In order to make a positive and sustainable impact, we engage local authorities and communities at all stages of a project and consider a range of potential outcomes and impacts. This is why UNOPS measures project success beyond time, cost and quality. We focus on incorporating lessons learned from tens of thousands of projects to find the best ways to contribute to the development goals of our partners.

Proven expertise

UNOPS employs highly qualified project managers with a commitment to professionalism and delivering results that matter. They have experience working in some of the most challenging environments on the globe and offer considerable local knowledge. This specialized knowledge helps us ensure our projects are adapted to the local context and weighed against measurable success criteria.

Building a knowledge base and sharing expertise

UNOPS is building a robust knowledge base of the most effective and efficient ways to manage projects based on PRINCE2® methodologies. By capturing this information in our systems, we ensure that project managers have an opportunity to utilize their expertise and learn from their peers. Our project managers are required to participate in comprehensive training courses and become PRINCE2® Foundation certified. In addition, project management tools are made available to assist in overcoming common obstacles during project implementation.


The UNOPS Infrastructure and Project Management Group provides an online PRINCE2® training platform to external partners, free of charge. ​

External recognition

UNOPS continues to strive for and achieve external certification, allowing partners to benefit from business practices that reflect leading international standards.

The following accreditations demonstrate the formal recognition of UNOPS project management approach by leaders in the field.

Project Management Institute (PMI) ®

  • Registered Education Provider


  • Accredited Training Organization

  • Accredited Consulting Organization

  • ​Consulting partner

These accreditations mean that the project management approach used by UNOPS is formally recognized by the leaders in the field, for excellence in both consultancy and training services. Read more


In addition, UNOPS gained the prestigious ISO 9001 quality management system certification in 2011, the first UN organization to do so.

Read more about the UNOPS commitment to excellence


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