United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the operational arm of the UN. Its mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the UN, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
UNOPS began operations in Pakistan in 1999 and significantly scaled up activities after 2005 to support populations affected by and vulnerable to earthquakes. In 2010, UNOPS opened a permanent office in Islamabad to support the Government of Pakistan and other partners to undertake humanitarian and reconstruction services following the most devastating flooding in the nation’s history. UNOPS Pakistan has been implementing early recovery and community infrastructure reconstruction projects, project management, community development, and procurement.
Area of support:
- Project services
Ms. Samita KHAWAR – Country Manager, Pakistan
Ms. Samita KHAWAR joins UNOPS Asia Region as the Country Manager, Pakistan starting from 1 May 2018 onwards. Working closely with the Country Managers and Directors in the Region, Samita will play a vital role in strengthening the UNOPS team in Pakistan. She will support UNOPS to further enhance the delivery capacity in Pakistan building on the existing projects, programmes, and partnerships.
Samita’s educational background is in Business and Project Management. Her career started in 1991 and her work span extends to South Asia, the Middle East and North America.
Over the 27 years of professional exposures, Samita has focused on developing and delivering strategy-based solutions particularly in infrastructure planning and development areas. From managing varied and complex tasks in these challenging business areas, she acquired business knowledge and skills in leadership, strategic planning, client management, and business development.
During her career, Samita has demonstrated skills in building organizations’ capabilities, institutional development, change management and team building. She has diverse experience working with private sector, governmental organizations, and international organizations.
In her recent role as Country Head in Pakistan for an international firm, Samita has built the brand from scratch and established relationships with federal and provincial governments in Pakistan while working on numerous infrastructure projects.