The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Supporting Syrian Refugees

Each day, war forces thousands of families to flee their homes. To escape the violence, they often leave everything behind. Since the beginning of the Syria crisis, UNOPS has supported individuals and families who have been affected. This World Refugee Day, we stand #WithRefugees.


Keeping refugees safe

In Azraq Refugee Camp, now home to more than 17,000 Syrian refugees, UNOPS worked hand-in-hand with the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate, on behalf of the Government of Canada, to build and equip the camp's security facilities, helping to protect the safety and security of refugees living there.

Getting children to school

UNOPS is working with Unicef to support its educational activities in Azraq and Za'atari Refugee Camps. On behalf of Unicef, UNOPS is managing the cash-for-work programme for Syrian teachers and school wardens in the camps. UNOPS is also supporting the construction of schools and warehouses, as well as helping to transport students to and from schools and exams.  

Giving people power

UNOPS has helped more than 120,000 families and 680,000 individuals living in 19 internally displaced persons camps in Iraq, through installing solar streetlights, giving access to electricity and light. UNOPS also installed solar water heaters, major photovoltaic solar electrical systems in schools, and clinics.  

Making Syria safer: destroying chemical weapons

UNOPS supported the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in Syria to destroy 12 chemical weapons’ production facilities in the country.

For more information on what we do in Syria visit our data site

A home away from home

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UNOPS has constructed security structures in both Azraq and Za'atari Refugee Camps, contributing to the safety and security of camp residents. UNOPS has integrated renewable sources of energy into these projects—in Azraq, UNOPS constructed what was at the time the largest off-grid photovoltaic system in Jordan, providing constant electricity to security facilities. In Iraq, UNOPS provided IDPs with solar-powered lamps and mobile phone charging kits, with support from the Saudi Humanitarian Fund for Iraq. Solar lights and water heaters were also installed in communal facilities.


With more than 30 years of specialized experience, UNOPS is a central procurement resource for the United Nations system. UNOPS has supported the humanitarian response in Jordan, Iraq and Syria by providing essential equipment, including vehicles and paramedic ambulances, which has helped to ensure the timely implementation of our partners' humanitarian response projects.

Human Resource Services

UNOPS provides a wide range of personnel management services, including the selection and recruitment of personnel, and the management of contracts, payments and performance. In response to the Syria Crisis, UNOPS is managing and administering over 1,000 personnel contracts in the region to help our partners to respond to the influx of refugees and IDPs in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.

Project Support

UNOPS also provides project management support to members of the UN family responding to the Syria Crisis—Unicef, UN Habitat, WFP, OCHA and UN Women.

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