UNOPS must stop lying and remove all its fraud-enabling Senior Leadership Team

8 June 2022 – Mukesh Kapila

Finnish Government Director General Titta Maja addresses the UNOPS Executive Board

My previous article described the UNOPS Executive Board briefing on 16th May. It also referenced strong criticisms made by many Member-States who have belatedly recognised the mismanagement, misconduct, and potential fraud at UNOPS. 

Finland was particularly outraged because it was conned into hosting the office of S3i  – the ill-judged UNOPS venture at the centre of the scandal that lost around US $60 million. My article  also quoted Finland’s key questions to which UNOPS’s Acting Executive Director Jens Wandel  responded on 2nd June, to Ms Titta Maja, Director General for Development Policy at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

“When were UNOPS senior leadership informed about the wrong-doings and misconduct? Could you share the records of the UNOPS senior leadership and Engagement Acceptance Committee and other documents?”  

Mr Wendel did not answer the fundamental Finnish government question on when the “UNOPS senior leadership” were informed.  He side-stepped by saying that UNOPS’s Internal Audit and Investigations Group (IAIG) were notified in March 2019 by the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) of “a brief anonymous complaint without any evidence”.  

Mr Wandel is being misinformed by his own team, or he is lying.  UNOPS received its first complaint regarding WATO in 2017, the second complaint regarding Worldwide Renewable Energy (WWRE) in 2018 and the third one regarding Sustainable Housing Solutions (SHS) in 2019. As no action was taken by the UNOPS IAIG (directed then by Paul Lucas who is now at the World Bank), the whistleblower went to OIOS in 2019. OIOS staff  took the complaint more seriously, undertook an initial assessment, and recommended a full investigation. However, their boss, Assistant Secretary-General Ben Swanson, decided  to shut down the investigation and “refer the matter back to UNOPS”  i.e., the very people who had failed their duty to examine the original complaints.

Meanwhile, the UNOPS senior leadership ignored this and  proceeded with S3i investments via its oddly-designed ‘special purpose vehicles’. Thus, it is abundantly evident that UNOPS top management were aware of substantial concerns raised several years earlier than what Mr Wandel now claims.

The Finnish government also requested UNOPS to share its records  around  S3i decision-making, but this is ignored by Mr Wandel in his response. What – potentially incriminating – evidence is  hidden in these documents?

Mr Wandel also claims in his letter that the IAIG is “an independent function”. This is disingenuous. UNOPS’s internal compliance functions do not meet recognised international standards, as Mr Wandel has himself admitted when the Board quizzed him. Furthermore,  it has been long recognised  that the IAIG function is appointed by, reports to, and controlled by the Executive Director.

Finland may also note that the same UN  OIOS that initially refused to investigate and then  limited its report only to Mr Vanshelboim is now being invited to Copenhagen to examine UNOPS’s audit and accountability systems. How ‘independent’ and credible will they be? The same concern  applies to the UN’s Office of Legal Affairs charged with the task of recovering the lost money.

“Which date did UNOPS internal audit initiate its investigation on the matter? How does the investigation timeline correspond with the negotiations with Finland? Were the wrong-doings already known by the UNOPS leadership while negotiating with the Finnish government related to the funding to the S3i Helsinki office?

Mr Wandel responds that  an IAIG audit  was proposed in 2020 “to more substantively evaluate S3i investments.”  He explains that  “complaints into WATO/Oceans Generation and Worldwide Renewable Energy/Myra SHS Renewable Energy Srl (an entity owned by the same person as Sustainable Housing Solutions”) led to formal IAIG investigations. In December 2020, the scope of this work widened to include an external forensic audit of SHS affordable housing projects, and a subsequent wider IAIG investigation into all SHS activities commenced in March 2021”.  

Mr Wandel  doesn’t explain why UNOPS commenced the audit exercise only in June 2020 when the alarm was raised much earlier?  He also does not explain why the UNOPS leadership continued to enter commitments with S3i partners that it had started investigating.

Furthermore, Mr Wandel does not say why its audit report has not been published in line with its own information disclosure policy that requires all audit reports to be available on the UNOPS website. Also, why had the vendors under investigation not been  referred to its Vendor Sanctions Committee?

What was the reason why Finland was not informed about these matters and investigations until April this year [2022] despite the obligation to do so in our co-operation agreements?

Mr Wandel acknowledges that the agreement with Finland was signed by UNOPS in May 2020 i.e., before the start of the June 2020 audit exercise. But  UNOPS continued to hide pertinent information from Finland (and other governments) until the potential fraud became widescale media and public knowledge this year.  Mr Wandel could hardly deny such obvious facts and apologises ”for the lack of proactive, timely and transparent information”. 

The person responsible for negotiating with the Finnish government included UNOPS Chief Legal Counsel, James Provenzano, and the person responsible for communicating was Kelley Swift. Both are still employed by UNOPS. Then why does Mr Wandel lie when he says that “as the persons responsible for negotiating and informing the Government of Finland of relevant matters are not available to UNOPS, it would be inappropriate to speculate as to the reasons for them not having  shared the information with you.”  

His response makes no sense when, in the same breath, Mr Wandel also admits that the “previous Executive Office were fully aware of ongoing processes detailed above.”  The Executive Office includes the Senior Leadership Team who regularly met with then Executive Director, Grete Faremo. (See my 16th May article detailing all SLT meetings between  August 2019 and April 2022).   It is fully evident that the SLT were well-informed on all S3i matters  and appear to have deliberately conspired with hiding decision-shaping information from the Finnish government.  

To repeat: Why does Mr Wandel say that “responsible persons are not available” when the SLT members who had their own formal decision/ approval roles are still there: Honore Dainhi, Marianne de la Touche, Nick O’Regan, James Provenzano, Peter Browne?   They are individually and collectively culpable not just for enabling the original mismanagement and fraud around S3i, but also about hiding information around it.

Were the decisions taken by the former Executive Director regarding the WATO initiative based on the advice and recommendations of the senior management team and engagement acceptance committee?

Mr Wandel’s letter ignores this question. Why? Perhaps to protect the SLT members who are still in position, and now part of his own cabinet?  Meanwhile, Finland will recall that today is World Oceans Day,  on which occasion exactly five years ago, the previous UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo sang an expensively-made WATO song to an empty UN General Assembly chamber in New York.

The Finnish government’s letter goes on to say that “we emphasise the need to ensure that all involved in the decisions carry their responsibility and are held accountable.”   The Finland representative (speaking also on behalf of Sweden, Norway, Denmark) reiterated this at the Board’s 6th June session. This was also echoed in powerful statements from others, especially by the United States who spoke for 25 other countries  as well as Kenya and several others.

Mr Wandel’s 2nd June letter  is, therefore,  deeply insulting to Finland that had asked reasonable questions but got  prevarications and untruths in response. The matter will not rest there as public and politicians demand full answers, thanks to some fine investigative reporting by Finnish media with English translation here.

How Mr Wandel is handling the UNOPS crisis is baffling. He was initially projected as  UNOPS’s  saviour  thanks to his reputation for personal integrity and expertise in UN reform. He is also refreshingly blunt-spoken and, certainly, he has said the right things at Board meetings. For example, at the Board’s 6th June session. Mr Wandel promised several fundamental changes to rectify the most egregious abuses that accumulated under his predecessor, such as profiteering and excessive reserves, transparency lack, non-independent compliance and oversight arrangements, and full whistle-blower protection. On the face of it, if Mr Wandel is sincere, he deserves to succeed.

But the exchange with Finland shows that how Mr Wandel is going  about his business is troubling.   His most serious vulnerability comes from the flip side of his strengths. He is, at the core, an UN insider – a pillar of the establishment and embedded in its practices and rituals. He appears to be a stranger to boldness. Instead, ingrained in him is the impulse to do the minimum he is pressurised to do, while doing everything to protect the system where he has himself  prospered.  And that may mean hiding the truth or even lying if that would better serve the wider institutional interest. Of course, he is wrong if he does that and, in that sense, Mr Wandel’s values and ethics raise serious concerns.

This is demonstrated in the way he basks in the company of his compromised team – even at Executive Board meetings. He is constantly accompanied there by Chief Legal Counsel James Provenzano who co-designed and gave legal blessing to the original S3i and then approved the dodgy contracts issued under it.  

This is not just bad optics but a serious indictment of the sincerity of Mr Wandel. That is because Mr Provenzano is now in charge of  implementing the recommendations that he had rejected earlier while when he created  his own laws and regulations that derailed UNOPS in such spectacular fashion. As Mr Provenzano  says jauntily in an internal email yesterday:  “Hi all… Jens has asked me to help in accelerating the implementation of all oversight recommendations – UNBOA, IAIG, ACABQ and JIU…. I am looking for a solid analyst who could be available through the summer into the early fall to assist [me].  If you have someone… please let me know. Thanks and best, Jim”.

it appears that Mr Wandel is depending unquestioningly on the same senior UNOPS Senior Leadership Team that brought the agency down. Some of them like Mr Provenzano are his very close associates from before That is a potential conflict-of-interest and risk to Mr Wandel’s personal integrity.  He needs to jettison them by sending all the SLT on administrative leave while getting independent advisors to support him. Otherwise, he is already being dragged down by the coterie who failed  in the first place.

UNOPS has already lost its biggest donors and its reputation among partners is at rock bottom. Its misbehaviours have tainted the whole of the UN system as graphically indicated by Finland suspending all funding to all UN agencies.  Ultimately it is the world’s poor that pay the cost of  the misdeeds of the UNOPS SLT.

Mr Wandel must understand that there is no recovery for the agency without all itsSenior Leadership  Team being held accountable.  Mr Wandel must stop pandering to them and get his reform agenda hijacked by them.  It remains to be seen whether Mr Wandel will clean-up or cover-up at UNOPS as he struggles to nurse this sick organisation.

Published by Mukesh Kapila

See http://www.mukeshkapila.org

118 thoughts on “UNOPS must stop lying and remove all its fraud-enabling Senior Leadership Team

  1. THERE IS SOMETHING ROTTEN IN UNOPS GENEVA TOO. ONE EXAMPLE (there are many issues but let’s start from here): THE SANITATION AND HYGIENE FUND. The Swiss national TV uncovers UNOPS dirt in Geneva in this report that was broadcast in Switzerland on 21 June – same day, quite incredibly, of another interesting report on UN-Whistleblowers by BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0018ljw/the-whistleblowers-inside-the-un – and an article on the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/jun/21/the-whistleblowers-inside-the-un-review-a-horrific-tale-of-misogyny-and-10000-deaths – so the 21st of June kicks off a hot summer where accountability, transparency and the protection of whistleblowers within the UN (finally!!!) become HOT TOPICS THAT NEED TO BE DEALT WITH.

    Of course it looks like UNOPS is negatively distinguishing itself even in the middle of these other UN scandals – the Swiss documentary shows how Grete Faremo and Jim Provenzano enabled the SHF scam to be set-up despite an IAIG investigation on multiple illegalities reported by a group of whistleblowers (including the corruption of board members, mismanagement and waste, recruitment abuses of all kinds, harassment, discrimination).

    All whistleblowers and plenty other staff were sacked by the former WSSCC senior management who had grossly mismanaged funds and were unable to raise a penny – andf who despite their failure, found themselves retributed by juicy jobs as directors within the SHF- Sanitation and Hygiene Fund – at the D2, D1 levels for a micro-team where there are more directors than staff, and zero activities going on – 18 months after the set-up, the SHF has not released any report of activity, or financial report.

    Plus, they are LITERALLY HIDING – as you will see in the Swiss report, the address they published online leads to an empty office – no one is there. So, if the S3I is the story of 63 M USD given to a private and his daughter at a mundane cocktail to build social houses that were not built and to have Grete Faremo sing a nice song before an empty UN room, the UNOPS SHF promised to ‘fund government at scale’ to address their sanitation and hygiene priorities and to do so, they were talking about raising billions of dollars, but instead they were abandoned even by 2 out of the 4 traditional donors – Norway and Sweden dropped them because they did not consider their fund a feasible thing – but two donors Holland and Switzerland decided to anyway fund their salaries although in February 2021 IAIG admitted that multiple whistleblowers’ allegations were SUBSTANTIATED.

    But the guys in charge at that time (both British, as it seems) are the same in charge now, meanwhile 90% of the staff was sacked in the middle of the pandemic by UNOPS. So the SHF is broke, UNOPS knew it, yet Grete and Jim Provenzano both covered up.

    So these are the questions to the new DG Mr. Jens Wendel:

    1. For how long, Mr. Wendel, will you keep protecting James Provenzano and the rest of the directors who shamed UNOPS, instead of protecting UNOPS?

    2. How many more shameful articles will we and you have to read, how many shameful TV reports will we have to watch, how many more donors will UNOPS have to lose, before the entire UNOPS SM Team is disbanded to make space for new people, with the necessary qualifications and skills, and the indispensable integrity?

    3. For how long the law of silence will continue to protect the wicked, and punish the wisthleblowers, against the values of the UN charter and the basic rules of decency?

    Mr. Wendel, the time has come to REMOVE DIRECTORS AND STAFF WHO SHAMED THE ORGANIZATION – NOT THE WHISTLEBLOWERS WHO TRIED TO PROTECT IT.

    TRUTH and CLEAN UP at UNOPS

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    1. Tip of the iceberg! UNOPS Board should commission a full investigation on how all these so called funds are run. No work is going on there. These are clubs set up to recruit and pay their friends a lot of money.
      Investigators should zoom in to understand who owns the companies contracted by the so called funds.

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  2. The upcoming UNOPS GLM is an opportunity to continue brainwashing the UNOPS leaders in the field.
    A PR company was hired to draft Talking Points for all the SLT members to deny their involvement in authorizing funds to the Kendricks.
    PCG has instructed the company that is carrying out the People Survey to manipulate the results
    James be reminded that you are on our radar, and everything you are doing will be exposed.

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  3. UNOPS make time to watch that documentary about another self enrichment scheme for UNOPS. Donors should stop their funding immediately.

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  4. UNOPS reform is needed urgently. For the The EU IGAD project in Djibouti, the donor was over charged. Some personell were given 8 months contracts but the budget sent to to the donors was for 16 months. Us in the finance department are made to cook up reports to the donors and this unethical. EU and other donors should investigate.

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  5. It’s high time for real reforms at UNOPS not the ongoing cosmetics change. What is needed is a truly independent investigative capacity. In the absence of victim and whistleblower protection that is independent from UN entities, I encourage all UNOPS to use this platform or reach out directly to Mukesh.

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  6. Colleagues, the Swiss national TV focused on corruption, mismanagement, fraud at UNOPS Sanitation and Hygiene Fund in Geneva in this 29′ film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WQUIxlbuCs which was also broadcast for the TV news at 8 PM. It focuses on the fate of UNOPS whistleblowers and UN whistleblowers in general. The UNOPS officials at stake, Dominic O’Neill, Sue Coates, Jim Provenzano are in the film. Just give it a look

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  7. Thanks Mukesh for your tenacity. Today is the third day for UNOPS Global Leadership Meeting here in Bastad, Sweden. The SLT is replaced by the Global Leadership Team. However, we will not give up until the former SLT members are sent packing.

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  8. The basic assumption is that any UN official, the novice and the seasoned would understand that leadership starts with responsibility and accountability. Mr Wandel, don’t expect to have different results with the same leaders.
    The GLT is clear on what we want to see happening as next steps!

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  9. Karma will not forgive what Jim Provenzano did to the whistleblower for reporting his corruption. The people who were abused and wronged by their managers, internal grievance, PCG, and IAIG will continue to fight and wait for justice to be served. UNOPS employees shall NEVER report anything to internal grievance as long as Alejo is there. He will pick up the phone and call the abusers and work with PCG and HR legal to launch retaliation against you before you even blink. To think all these evils all have families and children, we feel bad for them to have these soul-less corrupts as parents. Jim Provenzano and his “confidants” will serve justice. An organization that abuses women needs to be shut down.

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    1. I am happy not to have ever behaved dishonorably like Eiriz Alejo and his accomplices

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  10. It’s darkest before the dawn. It’s not time to forget about people who are still suffering immensely, just because they didn’t compromise their integrity. The web is wicked.

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    1. *Shakespeare: “My fellow countrymen, lend me your ears – we are here to bury Ceasar, not to praise him, the evil that man does lives after them”*

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  11. Kudos to the brave women and men who spoke out against all injustices and UNOPS during the GLM. Wandel you have heard for yourself! We need action now.

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  12. We urgently a new body to deal with Internal Grieveances. PCG has lost its credibility because of Alejo. It is an open secret in UNOPS that his investigations are never objective. He hardly takes advice from IPAS HR and he is used as a tool for retaliation.

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  13. To all the lawyers at UNOPS, law can be perceived as technical. We’ve all seen devil’s advocate – the movie. But how many people can truly live consciously knowing you used technicality to help a rapist to win his case? So on Tuesday when you have to look at the two people you are reporting to- Jim Provenzano and Hafida Lahiouel – who are devils themselves, is it really what you spent hundreds of thousands dollars to get a law degree and to pass the Bar for?

    To the Executive Board, look at the very same people who have been having coffees with you to sell S3i projects in your countries over the past few years and secretly calling you “suckers” at team meetings in their New York office, are you really so blind that any of you will continue to answer any calls or emails from these people who are now vowing they will be more transparent with you? They were lapdogs of Grete Faremo for years with no integrity and you think they will change?

    Just shut down UNOPS a.k.a the con artist collective and let UNDP do the job.

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  14. Considering V Campbell for a PCG Director would be suicidal for UNOPS. That position requires someone with high integrity. Someone who can work for the interest of the organization.

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    1. It really depends on who is considering it, isn’t it? Right now who really has integrity at UNOPS that can make any such decisions? Wandel is starting to show signs of wagging his tails in front of the corrupts. And to think V Campbell has 4 children but still have all the tim to get her hands dirty at so many wrongful termination and retaliation files. Who else isn’t disgusted with all this?

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  15. Fellow UNOPS colleagues, you must have learned that the whistleblower who revealed the S3i corruption was put on Admin Leave and let go by now right? Jim Provenzano has instructed his muppets to start attack the whistleblower’s character falsely and Hafida immediately wagged her tails to do whatever it takes to get rid of her. It’s the same usual tactics against any women ever worked in Jim Provenzano’s units who dared to speak up against abuses and corruptions.

    Unfortunately, to all the women who refuse to suck up to Jim Provenzano’s ego and corruption, you absolutely cannot report anything to internal grievances. You absolutely cannot use “Speak Up” platform. You will be retaliated against unless you are one of these senior managers’ girlfriends.
    However, report them directly to missions, Executive Board Members, SG’s office and OIOS and here on this platform.

    How many people have to continue to reveal crime committed by Jim Provenzano and Hafida’s legal group for them to serve justice?

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  16. The mistake Victoria has been doing was delegating her work to someone with no integrity.

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  17. Honore Dainhi is busy backbitting Grete and decampaigning Nick O’regan. We all know that Nick may not have the required academic qualifications but he has over 25 practical years of experience of project management gained in humanitarian and development contexts.
    Honore is a Master of the divide and rule tactic, a very corrupt individual and a habitual liar. He manipulated the recruitment of the Director of Partnerships to give it to someone with no clue of how the UN works. Just like he gave the Team leader position at PLG to someone who faked her work experience at Global Fund.

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    1. I have never seen a confused fellow like Honore Dainhi. If he can admit that the SLT is responsible for high delivery since 2019, he should also take the blame for any shortcoming during the same period. In his own words, in UNOPS publication ‘Hidden Champions’ he said his role is to support Vitaly implement S3i initiatives in Africa. Who is he fooling by claiming that he objected S3i?

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    2. What do you expect ? There is no honor among thieves? One minute he is saying Grete picked the best brains to run UNOPS. Hence high delivery in the last 3 years, the second minute, Grete was addicted to parties. How can you trust such an individual?

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  18. To be able to clean up the mess created at UNOPS , former SLT members must step down. They have proved that they are bunch of thiefs.

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  19. Where can one report the ongoing corruption at the EU project which is managed by the Ethiopia hub? IAIG has been ignoring all the reports.

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    1. IAIG should be ashamed of themselves. They put all their energy abusing authority to intimidate and punish those in vulnerable groups, but on the other hand, they can suck asses just so they continue to live their high lives. They are a bunch shitheads following Jim Provenzano’s corruption.

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      1. IPAS was in Addis last week for an assessment. But since when do IPAS conduct investigations? Another attempt to cover up massive fraud and corruption happening in the Ethiopia Hub.

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  20. Nothing will change until current SLT is on board. Same is true about HQ and regional directors – hand-picked Raad, useless Victoria, PLG (well, better refrain from commenting on her “professionalism”), IAIG (incompetent director was Grete’s final attempt to hide the mess)…. they all must go! All of them are now pretentiously licking Wandel’s ass. Luckily, he’s temporary. We hope the new ED will clean the mess!

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  21. Backstabbers par excellence! It is all now Grete fault. Wandel just ruined his reputation by associating and protecting the crooks.

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  22. It is business as usual here. Wandel heard what the most of all the leaders have to say about Grete’s SLT but he decided to look away. The OIOS report still under the carpet. What does that tell you about the person at the helm of the UN?

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  23. The Board needs to take the oversight role seriously. I hope the company contracted to do a full audit of what happened will present its findings soonest.

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  24. How effective is the UNOPS whistleblower protection mechanism? I have the reported the fraudulent activities by senior management in the Ethiopia office. Instead of the investigators to talk to me to provide additional evidence, they are now conducting a fake assessment.

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  25. Thanks Mukesh for exposing corruption and massive fraud at UNOPS. It is obvious that UNOPS does not have check and balances to protect donors money from thieves.
    We are all ears to hear what will happen to the people who were responsible.

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  26. All the abusers and criminals in the organizations are approaching their twilight years. They were born without souls and they will die soul-less as well. Let’s just feel bad for their children. Their kids grew up without ever knowing examples of good and decent human beings and they definitely could use all of our prayers. Pity them but let’s pray for them.

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  27. @ Lacon,
    don’t put your hopes too high. From UNOPS or the UN internally, not much will happen but cover-up and all under the carpet.
    The only change can come if the board and the donors take their responsibilities serious and put the foot down.

    I can tell you exactly what will happen. Grete is gone and Vitaly will follow, so there are 2 scapegoats to be blamed and the rest will not be touched. During our last GLM, the SLT was “renamed” but the faces remain the same.

    Some couraguous colleagues voiced their concerns but Mr. Wandel just smiled and ignored it.

    The whistleblower was meanwhile let go from UNOPS (as some of you will have noticed) sending a chilling message out to all personnel “Don’t fuck with Jim P.” especially when his old buddy Wandel is the acting ED.

    Mukesh platform is a great step in the right direction but we can report as much as we want and be shocked about the revelations, nothing will change, UNOPS will dodge the bullets. What happened 20 years ago will happen again, history repeats itself.
    Only if we can report the fraud, the corruption and the nepotism directly to the board and the donors and to this platform, we may be able to bring hope of change.

    Otherwise, let’s keep our mouth shut, don’t fight the system, take our pay-slip and continue our mission to save the world “sarcasm off”.

    Sempre Fi

    John Derrel

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    1. @ John Derrel, we are not giving up just yet.
      As you may know, Wandel initiated some serious reforms. However, I don’t expect much changes to happen because former SLT members are doing everything to undermine his leadership. Honore is busy lobbying for the position of the Deputy Executive Director to be created.

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      1. @Enough is enough

        yes I know it, I hear and see it every day 🙂

        But you are right, not much change will happen. Almost 20 years ago, we also said we will not give up, we will fight and keep the work of UNOPS going to the highest standards and I appreciate and admire your spirit, BUT

        During the last 20 nothing has changed (yes changes occured on a technical level) it got worse. UNOPS transitioned from an organization that was established to support others and help make the lives of marginalized people better to an entity that is only concerned with “Profit” and more “Profit”.
        We became greedy and have sacrificed the original vision of the UN and exchanged it for pure monetary driven philosophy.

        We have become a “Don’t tell culture”. Young colleagues that come in and still believe in the fairytale of the UN, colleagues that trust the whistleblower protection and ethics officers, colleagues that dare to speak up, they are being eliminated by dark figures like Jim P. A character that does not care about UN values but operates with impunity and total disregard for any rules or morals.

        Jim has lost his way many years ago and represents the new stile of UNOPS leadership, a pure disgrace.

        So, let’s keep quiet, let’s wait for retirement and then let’s meet at the beach and have a drink.

        Sempre Fi

        John Derrel

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      2. I hope this disgusting Provenzano is reading these messages to know exactly what everyone thinks he is. Shame on him and on the others like Honoré Dahini. The list of bad things this second guy did is so long… just google search him… you will see what he did – but Grete Faremo liked to be surrounded by complete thugs

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  28. Why is Mr Wandel turning a blind eye to UNOPS employees call for a review of the Internal Grievances Office? We need to have a credible mechanism in place soon.
    The results of the People Survey are quite clear.

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    1. @Gerson

      people, you still don’t get it.
      In UNOPS a group of senior management, from the ED down to the Regional Directors has established a system that works like a mini UN within the UN, with its own rules, its own agendas and its own justice system.

      This group does not care about the rest of us, they don’t care about the values and morals of the UN, all they care about is their own agenda and their own benefits.

      So don’t ask questions of “Why” because they exactly know what they are doing, nothing is done by accident, all follows a clear pattern.

      Wendel will leave in a few month, why should he crack his head over UNOPS, he will retire and vanish into the thin air of retirement and he gives a “s…” about the rest of us.

      It is only us that can bring the change like in Sri Lanka where the people took it upon themselves to send the old regime packing.

      What ever we find, what ever corruption, wrong doing, we have to report it to the Board, and the Donors, they are the only that can bringe change.

      Sempre Fi

      John Derrel

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      1. @ John Derrel, ever heard of a revolutionary optimist? That is me!
        Honore, Jim and Marianne are on their way out. Watch this space.

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      2. I totally agree. The pressure must continue to rise. We need to push out the mafia syindicate

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  29. @Austerity
    yeah I heard of them, during the French Revolution most of them got their heads chopped off 🙂

    Honore, Victoria, Williamson and Marianne are just 2nd league players. Jim is top league but the system goes far deeper than the SLT.

    We have the same system as we have it here in the HQ also in all Regional Offices with all the Regional Emperors and their henchmen/women. They abuse the system as much as the SLT did over the last couple of years. All the eager Moin, Sanjays, Fabrizio’s, Bana’s, selfish and only out for their benefits, their ego, how they look like, how they display their power, who has the bigger Rolex, the newest Jaguar, the best suit, the biggest office and the people in the country offices are merely tools for them to bring in more profit so they look good in the eyes of the beholder (ED).

    You know there was never a discussion under Jan Mattson about how much profit we made, how much money we earned, how our bank accounts were growing.
    You put a politician at the helm of a development agency and it is a recipe for disaster.

    Let’s see who will be the next ED but if Wandel has any honor left in him he will clean out the stable before he is leaving the stage.

    I have first row seat and watch the madness every day.

    Sempre Fi

    John Derrel

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  30. Jim P got rid of the whistleblower, but his son will continue to be unemployed without his daddy’s help inside the UN. The universe always corrects all its wrongs. The whistleblower is a standup woman and everyone will remember her as the woman who reported corruption at the highest level but got retaliated. But Jim Provenzano? He is just a sad old man who has been corruptive and abusive and trying to hire his son into his projects. That sounds to me quite a contrast. Everyone pities you, Jim.

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    1. @Pity Jim,

      well said, just J. P. does not give a rats ass about what we think about him. He is a person without empathy, a real sociopath as per the teaching books of Psychology.
      The manner how he and his henchmen have eliminated the whistleblower was schoolbook UN.
      And was there any outcry from the SG or the ED? Wandel had to power to put Jim into his place and protect the whistleblower but what did he do, nothing.

      The same “silent” reaction from all the “stand-up” Regional Directors, a pathetic bunch of a.. kissers. Telling their employees that they have their backs and will always protect them. Protect us all from “they having our backs” the only protection you can get, is a knife in the back.

      We all wish that the whistleblower will get a great job with an honest agency or the private sector because we as the UN have let her down.

      Sempre Fi

      John Derrel

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      1. The whistleblower simply made all the rest of the lawyers who tuck their balls between their legs (if they had any) and use their law degree to abuse and hurt other human begins look like a collection of shitheads. The extent they would go to bring up all the UN rules and regulations when they try to eliminate individuals while brazenly violate so many national laws is simply mind blowing. Yes, this one is for you—all of the rest of the gutless useless shitheads in the Legal group.

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