Frequently Asked Questions
Quality Assurance Section
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Avenue,Gigiri
P.O Box 30552,Nairobi Kenya
1. Why was QAS established?
UNEP established the Quality Assurance Section (QAS) to improve the quality of
UNEP’s efforts to achieve measurable results. There was a strong demand from
governments asking for UNEP to achieve measurable results in a coherent manner.
QAS’ mandate was to work with UNEP offices to improve the quality of its
programme and project planning processes and support the monitoring of the
organization’s programme so as to strengthen the focus on results during
implementation of the programme of work. QAS was also expected to provide
support to staff to improve quality of planning and monitoring processes – as
such QAS supports training relating to project management.
2. What is the difference between QAS and the Evaluation Office?
QAS was established in 2008 and is located in UNEP’s Office for Operations. QAS
aims to improve quality of UNEP’s planning and implementation of its programme
and associated projects with the broader purpose of supporting the
organization’s drive for results. QAS manages the programme and project review
process, the quality of project management and supervision review, and the
programme’s performance review. The Evaluation Office is an office in UNEP that
reports directly to the Executive Director as it functions independently from
the rest of the programme. The Evaluation Office assesses whether UNEP has
delivered the results it planned, focusing on whether the planning and
implementation processes worked well. The Evaluation Office carries out
evaluations of all UNEP projects and subprogrammes. It also carries out other
evaluations when deemed necessary.