The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Author
Fodé Ndiaye
UN Resident Coordinator
Before Rwanda, Mr Ndiaye was RC and Humanitarian Coordinator in Niger. Prior to this, he held various positions as a regional head at UNCDF and served in various capacities with the bank “Caisse Nationale de Credit Agricole du Senegal”, including Secretary-General (1991-1998). Mr. Ndiaye is an agronomist from ENSAT (France), holds an MPA from Harvard, and was a Mason Fellow. He has a PhD (Economics) and is certified in microfinance and SME finance.
Fodé Ndiaye

What is the Resident Coordinator's Office?

The One United Nations (One UN) in Rwanda is convened by the Resident Coordinator (RC), who coordinates all UN operations at the country level, with the support of the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO). 

The RC leads the Country Team (UNCT), which is composed of representatives of all the UN entities with a presence in the country. Working closely with the Government of Rwanda and with the support of the rest of the Country Team, the RC coordinates the UN agencies that make up One UN, advocating for the mandates of the whole UN system.

One UN has a new Development Assistance Plan. This document sets out the areas of One UN action contributing to the national development agenda in Rwanda. Recently signed with the Government, the UN Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II) covers the period 2018-2023. As per the UN reforms that came into force in January 2019, UNDAP II is a coordinated, joint effort between agencies: all 'Delivering as One' under the umbrella known as ‘One UN’, and coordinated through the RCO. 

This Delivering as One approach capitalizes on the strengths and comparative advantages of the different agencies of the UN family. In doing so, Delivering as One increases impact through more coherent programmes, reduced transaction costs for governments, and lower overhead costs for the UN system. .

There are five principles of Delivering as One, which depend upon on the coordination function provided by RCO:

One Leader,

One Budget,

One Programme,

One Voice, and

One House

These principles help the UN system to align programmes and funding more closely to national priorities. Delivering as One strengthens government leadership and ownership. It has also ensured increased access to the experience and expertise of a wider range of UN organizations. 

 

The UN Resident Coordinator in Rwanda

Mr. Fodé Ndiaye is the UN Resident Coordinator for Rwanda. He assumed office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator on 10 July 2017. At the time, RCs served simultaneously as UNDP's Resident Representatives. Since then, the RC system has been reinvigorated by UN reforms. This involved UNDP-RCO de-linking, to reposition the RC function outside of the Development agency, with a clear leadership role.  

Prior to his appointment in Rwanda, Mr. Ndiaye served as the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Niger for five years. He has also held various positions at the United Nations Capital Development Fund including Head of the Regional Office for West and Central Africa.

Mr. Ndiaye brings his 35 year-experience in leadership and management in the field of development and finance.

Prior to joining UNCDF, Mr. Ndiaye served in various capacities with bank “Caisse Nationale de Credit Agricole du Senegal” in his home country of Senegal, including Secretary-General (1991-1998). He has also been a consultant for various regional banks and international organisations and has managed rural development projects (1982-1986). Mr. Ndiaye has been spoken extensively in conferences and has published a series of articles and a book “Microfinance in West Africa: What Sustainability?” (Harmattan France, 2009). He also has contributed to a book “Banques et finance : les acteurs de l’émergence” (Editions Revue Banque, France, 2016).

Mr. Ndiaye is an agronomist from ENSAT (France). He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, and was a Mason Fellow with a Certificate in Public Policy and Management. He has a PhD (Economics) from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is also certified in microfinance (Boulder) and SME finance (Harvard Kennedy School). He speaks Wolof, French and English.

 

Meet the team

The Resident Coordinator (RC) has the support of the Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO), which includes:

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Maja Permerup

Communication and Advocacy Officer, Maureen Twahirwa

Executive Assistant to the RC, Immaculee Karake

Senior Human Rights Advisor, Chris Mburu

Human Rights Assistant, Jean-Marie Gashirabake

Coordination Specialist, Deborah Gribaudo