Independent review of the United Nations Office for Project Services

The Executive Board

1. Recalls its decision 2002/22 in which it decided to carry out an independent review of the business model and related issues of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS);

2. Regrets that the joint note of the Management Coordination Committee (MCC) and the Executive Director of UNOPS on the independent review pertaining to the business model and related issues of UNOPS (DP/2003/CRP.4), which provides a revised budget proposal for the independent review, was submitted late;

3. Approves the budget for the independent review up to the amount of $255 000 (DP/2003/CRP.4);

4. Requests that UNDP pre-finance the study and arrange appropriate modalities for reimbursement from interested Member countries;

5. Calls on all countries in a position to do so to contribute expeditiously towards the cost of the independent review and not later than 21 February 2003;

6. Decides that the independent review should be undertaken by a consultancy firm selected through an open and transparent tender and requests that the MCC initiate the process without delay, including the arrangement of appropriate contractual modalities for the execution of the study, bearing in mind paragraph 16 of the terms of reference set out in document DP/2003/CRP.4, as amended below;

7. Decides that paragraph 16 of the terms of reference be amended as follows: The duration of the review is estimated at 90 calendar days. The core team will require expertise in organizational restructuring in international public administration, service delivery in public- and private-sector management, corporate governance and accounting. The team should be able to draw on specialized expertise as required. One member of the team should be familiar with current and potential markets within the United Nations system, in particular development cooperation, peacekeeping and humanitarian activities;

8. Requests that a preliminary report, for information purposes, on progress and recommendations of the review mission be presented to the Executive Board at its annual session in June 2003 and requests further receipt of the final report of the review mission, including the comments by the Executive Director of UNOPS, through the MCC, prior to the second regular session 2003 of the Executive Board.

23 January 2003