UNOPS gets four top project management certifications


Reported by Sailesh Nepal in Haiti

UNOPS awarded four of most prestigious project management certifications available

22 October 2013 – Port-au-Prince, Haiti – UNOPS is a central resource for the UN system, providing project management, infrastructure and procurement services. These range from managing the construction of roads in South Sudan to building shelters in Haiti or procuring educational computers in Argentina.

Following a rigorous audit of its Sustainable Project Management Practice Group, UNOPS has now been certified by APMG, the group behind the PRINCE2 methodology, as an Accredited Consulting Organization and Accredited Training Organization and by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Registered Education Provider and Registered Consultant.  The four accreditations mean that the UN organization’s project management approach is now formally recognized by the leaders in the field, for excellence in both consultancy and training services.

131022-pmwj16-unops-IMAGEThe certifications are a strong endorsement of UNOPS ability to provide excellent project management services and ultimately to support the development of national capacity worldwide.

Photo: Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nicaragua

“These accreditations demonstrate that UNOPS works at the same high standards as other leading organizations worldwide,” said Ricardo Vargas, director of the Sustainable Project Management Practice Group.

“We combine this efficient approach with a focus on creating sustainable results for the beneficiaries of all the projects we support, so that we can offer real value to our partners. I think this combination is what the development sector is seeking,” he added.

A focus on high-quality results is built into the culture of UNOPS, with the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability core to its work. The organization has a strong belief in national ownership and works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased sustainability for the projects it supports.

For this reason UNOPS measures project success beyond time, cost and quality. The organization focuses on incorporating lessons learned from tens of thousands of past projects to find the best way to contribute to the development goals of its partners. During the implementation of development projects UNOPS ensures local authorities and communities are engaged and all potential outcomes and impacts are considered, to make a real, sustainable and positive difference.

For more information about UNOPS, visit http://www.unops.org/english/Pages/default.aspx