United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.
UNOPS has over 30 years well-recognised expertise in project management, infrastructure and procurement and these can be deployed alongside any partner in any sector to deliver their objectives on time, on budget, and with high quality. In other words, we build roads, schools, hospitals, prisons, ports and airstrips, handle the human resources management and project administration of our partners, supply medicines and technical equipment, provide employment for local people andsupport the mine-clearance work.
At UNOPS, we have a very simple philosophy: we get things done. We have over 1,000 active projects and employ over 9,800 personnel in more than 80 countries. In 2015, we implemented over US$1.4 billion of peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects. In a nutshell, we are committed to delivery, forging partnerships, as well as the process and people excellence. You can learn more about our achievements by viewing our website, reading our Annual Report or engaging with us at UNOPS Engage.
UNOPS in Tajikistan
UNOPS’ work in Tajikistan commenced some 20 years ago. Specifically, UNOPS’ flagship activities in Tajikistan were in 1996-2003 as the executing agency for UNDP’s Tajikistan Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Development Programme (TRRDP). This was a largescale multi-sector programme with a central office in Dushanbe and four regional implementation offices in Kulyab, Garam (Rasht Valley), Khujand and Shartuz. Its objective was to support post-conflict reconciliation and peace-building.
In one region alone – Rasht Valley – UNOPS executed 407 projects valued at US$5.8 million and nationwide, several hundred others costed at around US$20 million. These included the rehabilitation and new construction of municipal water systems and public sanitation works, hospitals, schools, roads and bridges, electrical energy and coal mines, irrigation drainage systems, marketplaces, women and community centres, and other public facilities.
In addition, the TRRDP program supported the provision of training courses to upgrade the skills of health professionals, teachers and those employed in agriculture. Credit schemes for farmers and rural women were also supported as well as the establishment of small and medium enterprises through grants and credit.
Such practical schemes not only restored essential infrastructure for daily living but also created the enabling conditions for different communities to re-establish peaceful trading and social relations. A UNDP evaluation of part of the programme in 2003/04 concluded positively on the immediate impact in terms of disarming and re-integrating former combatants and returning refugees and IDPs, and generating productive and peaceful inter-community trading and livelihoods.
This was the basis of Tajikistan’s stabilization and subsequent journey towards poverty reduction and sustainable human development. TRRDP led to UNDP’s Communities Programme which continues to operate in the same regions today.
In the period between 2016 and 2020, UNOPS is contributing to the new National Development Strategy 2016-2030 of Tajikistan through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2016-2020.
UNOPS is currently a non-resident member of the United Nations Country Team in Tajikistan and has already signed up to the UNDAF, especially to Outcome 2 on sustainable and equitable economic development and Outcome 6 on resilience and environmental sustainability. As all the UNDAF outcomes are inter-connected and UNOPS is a cross-sectoral agency, it can provide support to sister UN agencies on the other UNDAF outcomes. In particular, UNOPS is well positioned to contribute to Outcome 3 on health, education and social protection systems and Outcome 4 on food and nutrition (i.e. including agriculture), water and sanitation and improved access to quality health care.
Intensive dialogue is underway to develop a UNOPS programme of collaboration with the Government of Tajikistan and sister United Nations agencies in the country, to advance the UNDAF outcomes in support of the recently presented National Development Strategy 2016-2030. As part of this work, UNOPS is endeavouring a physical presence in Tajikistan.
As a non-resident agency, UNOPS is represented at the United Nations Country Team in Tajikistan by Mr. Mukul Bhola, Partnerships Development Adviser for Europe and Central Asia.
Mr. Bhola is based in Geneva, Switzerland and can be reached by email at email@example.com, or by telephone on +41 22 91 78475 (office), and +41 78 857 2868 (mobile).