Inter-agency partnerships

ILO and UNOPS to increase cooperation in fragile situations

The ILO and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering several areas of cooperation, especially in fragile situations.

Press release | 11 December 2015

The agreement includes managing and procuring the performance of works, for example in the construction and/or rehabilitation of sustainable infrastructure and utilities like public buildings, roads, water and sanitary installations.

Other areas of cooperation include the issue and administration of personnel contracts to project personnel, including consultants and experts, and/or associated recruitment services.

The two UN organizations will also cooperate on the sustainable procurement of services, goods or equipment, as well as fund management, the provision of advisory services, training, capacity building and management, and supervision, oversight and evaluation services.

The MoU is guided by the ILO’s international labour standards regarding freedom of association, the prohibition of forced labour and child labour, equal remuneration for men and women for work of equal value, and equality of opportunity and treatment in respect of employment and occupation without discrimination.

The MoU was signed by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and UNOPS Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General Grete Faremo.