Area of support:
- Project services
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.
Mr. Mikko Lainejoki – Director & Representative
With more than 30 years of experience working for the UN, Mr. Lainejoki was appointed in 2013 as the Director and Representative of UNOPS in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, one of the organization’s largest operations globally.
Before joining UNOPS, Mr. Lainejoki worked for WHO in Zimbabwe where he supported vaccine cold chain distribution systems for 15 countries in eastern and southern Africa and in the Indian Ocean. Mr. Lainejoki then returned to the private sector in significant project, sales and business line management roles.
After joining UNICEF Ethiopia in 1991 to support the immunization programme, Mr. Lainejoki was transferred to UNICEF Copenhagen to work in different capacities under the Supply Division for 15 years, until he was given to the opportunity to briefly head UNICEF’s Tsunami Recovery Programme in India. In 2007, Mr. Lainejoki joined UNOPS Myanmar to lead the Three Diseases Fund as Chief Executive Officer for four years.