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The Resident Coordinator
The UN Resident Coordinator (RC) is the highest-ranking representative of the UN development system at the country level. RCs lead UN Country Teams and coordinate UN support to countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda. The Resident Coordinator is the designated representative of – and reports to – the UN Secretary-General.
Our job is to make sure that we have the right RC in the right place at the right time, and that RCs perform according to expectations. We take particular care to make sure that RCs look like the world they serve – i.e. that they are diverse in terms of gender, language, and geographic origin, and bring to bear experience and expertise from a variety of backgrounds: various UN entities, government, civil society, the private sector.
To achieve our objectives, we work on four main areas:
- Talent management: we are building a broad and deep pipeline of diverse candidates for RC positions: the RC Talent Pool. This will allow us to have greater choice in the selection phase. We are interested in candidates from a variety of backgrounds: various UN entities, government, civil society, and the private sector. In the coming months, we will provide specific information here on how to be considered for the RC Talent Pool.
What type of profile are we looking for? If you want to know what an RC does, check out the RC Job Description. If you want to know what type of leader an RC should be, check out the UN System Leadership Framework.
- Selection: We support the selection system for Resident Coordinators. The current system is under review. We will post up-to-date information on what the new system looks like as soon as it is approved.
- Leadership development: We want current and future RCs to be the best possible leaders. To achieve that, we are revamping the support we provide them. We will want to provide them with individualized and just-in-time opportunities to learn, for instance through mentors and coaches; as well as opportunities to learn from their peers and stakeholders. We also want UN Country Teams to be effective teams, so we’ll be supporting both RCs and UNCTs in this respect.
- Performance management: RCs are managed and supported on a daily basis by the DCO Regional Directors. In the coming months, we will set up a system to manage RC performance and support the annual performance appraisal process. We want to make sure that all stakeholders with whom RCs work have an opportunity to provide feedback on their performance and RCs can provide feedback on the performance of UNCT members.