Project Management Report from Haiti: A Report on United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Haiti


By Shailesh Nepal

International Correspondent 

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations that helps a range of partners implement $1 billion worth of aid and development projects every year. UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peace building, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need. Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.

UNOPS has been working in Haiti since 2004 on a broad variety of projects in collaboration with the Government, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, multiple UN agencies, donor governments, NGOs, and international financial institutions.

The international development agenda in Haiti continued to be dominated by the response to the 2010 earthquake. Intensive recovery and reconstruction efforts are still continuing and though there is much more to be done, there have been a number of notable successes.

UNOPS has adopted an approach to help ensure that aid money spent on Haiti is spent in Haiti. UNOPS also believes that the relief and reconstruction Haiti needs can only be achieved in close conjunction with the Government. Therefore UNOPS has developed a strong partnership with the Ministry of Public Works in order to ensure national ownership, develop capacity and promote sustainability.

UNOPS work in Haiti can be classified into seven broad sectors:

General Infrastructure

  • Structural damage assessments

Since 2010, UNOPS has been providing technical support to the Ministry of Public Works for the assessment of structural damage to over 400,000 buildings, with funding from the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. Local engineers were trained to conduct the assessments and an office was established within the Ministry to manage the information captured during the assessments, in the form of a national infrastructure database


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About the Author

flag-nepalflag-haitishailesh-nepalShailesh Nepal 

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Kathmandu, Nepal 

Shailesh Nepal is an active member of IPMA, President of Young Crew Nepal, Fellow member of American Academy of Project Management (AAPM), MPMTM & CIPMTM certified from AAPM, member of International Construction Project Management Association (ICPMA), and a founder and Managing Director of the Institute of Project Management Nepal (IPMN) Pvt. Ltd. He has served as Project Manager in several construction companies in Nepal. His recent project is in the capacity of Deputy Contract Manager on behalf of China Railway Engineering Corporation, China and Tundi Construction Nepal, JV for Runway and Taxiway Overlay Works of Nepal’s only InternationalAirport.

Shailesh has been recognized internationally and awarded the IPMA International Young Project Manager of the Year Award for 2010. His specialism and innovative ground breaking techniques of project management have helped organizations to prosper and succeed in the challenging construction jobs in Nepal. In addition, he is dedicated to updating, enhancing and uplifting of the PM Profession through training and development as a Managing Director of IPMN Pvt. Ltd. in Nepal. Shailesh obtained his Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the Institute of Engineering, Central Campus, Pulchowk in 2001. Since then, he has been involved in the Project Management Profession in various construction companies for roads, highways and airport rehabilitation projects. He believes in Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for diversity and believes that success only comes with dedication and hard work in the field. He can be contacted at [email protected].