MOPAN Assessment of UNOPS

In 2021, MOPAN published its assessment of The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). This was the first MOPAN assessment of UNOPS.


Founded in 1973, The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is different from other UN agencies in many ways. Classified in the United Nations (UN) system as an “other entity,” not only does UNOPS’ governance and legal status set it apart from programmatic UN bodies, but also its mandate, business and funding models are different, and result in certain key performance features and requirements for UNOPS. As a demand driven organisation, the foundation for UNOPS’ operations is to understand its operational context, respond to demand for its services and solutions, and remain relevant by demonstrating its understanding of wider global issues. This includes identifying where, how and why it can or should respond to global issues, i.e., the business opportunities it has to be aware of. UNOPS overall has a clear and robust architecture and financial framework to help guide its future growth path.

Key MOPAN assessment findings

  • UNOPS’s non-programmatic operational mandate offers UNOPS the flexibility to engage in a wide spectrum of sectors and country contexts.

  • UNOPS has a strong management capacity, and is on a continuous improvement journey.

  • Innovation and change imply risk; carefully managing and mitigating that risk is essential for UNOPS.

* For more key MOPAN findings on UNOPS, read the report.

UNOPS’ history is one of continuous change and adaptation, something that has resulted in a culture that values and rewards innovative thinking and informed risk-taking.

Looking ahead at UNOPS future trajectory, demand for its services is strong and so is its delivery capacity, as evidenced by the organisation’s excellent performance in operational management. With new innovations, improvements, and partnerships, UNOPS could be in a strong position to further flex and evolve its service lines to meet ever changing demand and maintain its quite unique position in the development architecture.



Samer Hachem, Assessment Manager


Cara Yakush, MOPAN Communications Coordinator


Share this report