About UNDP in Azerbaijan

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UNDP has been working in Azerbaijan for 20 years. It opened its office in the country in the fall of 1992 soon after Azerbaijan gained independence and joined the United Nations.

The UNDP activities in Azerbaijan initially focused on the provision of     early recovery programme, especially to those affected by the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Over time, UNDP’s role in Azerbaijan has shifted toward longer-term socio-economic development in line with the country’s evolving needs.

In Azerbaijan, UNDP brings the best development models of the world in order to maximize the use of “black gold” derived from the oil wealth, to strengthen its “human gold”, to enlarge people’s choices and reduce inequalities.


Our Accomplishments

UNDP supports the Government of Azerbaijan in the areas of governance and sustainable development and is active in the issues of youth engagement and women rights.

UNDP’s e-governance programme in Azerbaijan is an excellent proof of leveraging ICT in the public sector reform. E-government programme covers such areas as civil service reform, customs modernization, pension reform, and improvement of civil registry. It seeks to contribute to greater efficiency and transparency of public institutions by automating business processes, eliminating human interference, reducing waiting time and costs and giving online access to information. 

In recent years, UNDP is actively engaged in the field of sustainable energy and environment. UNDP implements projects in the areas of solid waste management, sustainable energy, environmental assessment and climate change.

In the area of crisis prevention and recovery, UNDP has a long presence in demining activities, helping to clear lands from mines and make it safe for human life and activity. Recently, UNDP has engaged in partnership with the Government to reduce climate change risks in the flood-prone areas of Azerbaijan.

Improving the economic governance is another feature of UNDP’s assistance to Azerbaijan. UNDP helps job-seekers to improve their skills and employability, advocates for engagement of private sector in sustainable development and supports integrated border management to facilitate trade.

UNDP strives to promote gender equality and youth empowerment as a cross-cutting issue in its programme. UNDP supports rural women’s participation in the economic and social life, and build capacity of national actors to mainstream women concerns into public policies. UNDP teaches Human Development Course in the universities of Azerbaijan, helping young people to broaden their perspective on development issues. It also mobilizes youth to participate in decision-making and contribute to the achievement of the environmental sustainability goals.

Last but not least, UNDP facilitates South-South cooperation through knowledge sharing in the areas where Azerbaijan has accumulated expertise such as mine action, pension reform and civil service.

UNDP in Azerbaijan works in close partnership with the Government of Azerbaijan based on the Country Programme covering the period from 2011 to 2015. The Cabinet of Ministers plays the role of the Government’s Coordinating Authority, and line ministries, state committees, academic institutions and NGOs act as Implementation Partners for programme activities.

How many are we?

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Current Staff Count for Azerbaijan

Contract Type
Sub Total
Service Contract      
UNDP Local Staff


UNDP International Staff
National IC staff

Total                                              151


Our Consultants

List of all current consultants (SCs, SSAs) who will receive $30,000 or more from the CO over a 12 month period.  For each consultant, the total amount of compensation and/or compensation rate should be included.

Consultant Name or Number Job Title Project Title Amount of contract (USD)/contract duration
Faig Mutallimov/IC126/2015
Lead Local Consultant  Increasing Representation of Effectively Managed Marine Ecosystems in the protected area system  USD 34,800 by installments;  06/10/15-06/10/17
Aysel Vazirova/NO28/2016 International Consultant  Promoting Rural Women Participation in Social and Economic Life (3 projects)  USD 55,300 by installments;  14/04/16-31/05/17
David Evers/081/2016 Lead International Expert  MINAMATA Initial Assessment for Azerbaijan (00098112)  USD 30.890 by installments: /02.08.2016 - 30.0302018
Pasquale Lucio Scandizzo / 077/2016 International expert to support with PES analysis and road map for 2017 "Sustainable Land and Forest Management in Greater Landscape" project USD 35.000 by installments: 08.08.2016 - 25.12.2016