Expression of interest (EOI) Partnerships with Academic Institutions – CPG-EOI-non-commercial-15002


United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)


Expression of Interest due February 23, 2016 by 11:59 PM Copenhagen time


With more than 30 years of experience, UNOPS is an operational arm within the United Nations system, and a proven service provider implementing large-scale, complex efforts throughout the world, supporting peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects based on partnerships. UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the UN, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement operations in a sustainable and efficient manner in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

Our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations by providing high level technical and advisory services.

We provide support our partners in three main areas:

  •  Sustainable project management:At the core of UNOPS competencies is a proven capacity to manage peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations, while ensuring the highest standards in quality, speed and results.
  •  Sustainable infrastructure:UNOPS designs, constructs, rehabilitates and maintains infrastructure in some of the most challenging environments across the globe, from roads and bridges, to schools, hospitals and other public buildings.
  • Sustainable procurement: UNOPS is a central procurement resource for the United Nations system and its partners. Emphasizing efficient, transparent and cost-effective delivery of goods and services, UNOPS brings international best standards to its procurement activities.

With this Expression of Interest (EOI), UNOPS intends to gather information and expressions of interests from academic research institutions with the objective of establishing non-commercial agreements with UNOPS.

The scope of this Expression of Interest is limited to non-commercial services. For the purpose of this EOI, non-commercial agreements should be interpreted as collaborative arrangements in which all parties involved agree to work together for a defined period of time to achieve a common purpose or undertake a specific task while sharing risks, responsibilities, resources and benefits in a transparent and accountable manner. The academic partners may collaborate with UNOPS differently depending on their size, structure, geographical range and core capabilities.


The types of institutions this EOI is targeted at includes universities, research centres and think tanks that have the resource, technical and professional capacity to work with UNOPS across one or more of the partnership areas outlined in 4.1.

Specifically the organisation should have:

  • Not-for-profit status
  • Accreditation from a relevant higher education body
  • Capacity to dedicate the required resources to the partnership
  • Experience and expertise in one or more of the partnership area (outlined above)
  • Experience of working in relation to developing, low income and / or fragile states (preferred)

Available Funding:

No information on funding is available at this time.

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