The UN Resident Coordinator's Office
The United Nations Resident Coordinator system encompasses all United Nations agencies, funds and programmes dealing with operational activities for development at the country level. It is headed by the Resident coordinator (RC), who leads the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), as the designated representative of the Secretary-General for development operations.
The Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO) supports and facilitates cooperation and coordination among programmes, funds and agencies in Kenya.
Through the leadership of the RC, the United Nations system in Kenya is incrementally moving towards a Delivering as One process, a key mechanism within the reform agenda to facilitate harmonization and coherence among United Nations agencies. Its components include: One Leader, One Programme, One Common Premise, One Budgetary Framework and One Voice.
Current coordination efforts focus on the following five areas:
Coordination for Results: In collaboration with the Government, the UN delivers on the country's national priorities in accordance with a five-year strategy known as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The implementation of UNDAF is overseen by the UN Country Team, which puts in place the structures that will best deliver on the projected outcomes. The current UNDAF (2018-2022) has three Strategic Results Areas, and each Area is handled by an inter-agency team.
Policy Advocacy and Resource Mobilization: The RC and the UNCT are committed to enhancing the implementation of the United Nations reform agenda at the country level through increased joint programming and pooling of resources. A joint program is a set of activities contained in a common work plan and related budget, involving two or more United Nations agencies and national partners with a common goal.
Security Management: The RC is a member of the Security Management Team and briefs (directly or through the Department of Safety and Security) the UNCT about pecific security issues that affect the country and United Nations staff specifically.
Inclusion of Non-Resident Agencies: The RC provides support for the inclusion and equal participation of non-resident agencies. This allows drawing on the full normative and analytical expertise and capability available in the United Nations system.
Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee, the UNDP Resident Representative, is the UN Resident Coordinator.
The RC is the designated representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for development operations in Kenya. He chairs the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), a common board of all heads of UN agencies working in the country.
The RC leads and coordinates the United Nations' efforts to support the Government in creating and sustaining an enabling environment for the promotion of human rights, good governance and the improvement of the quality of life and the well-being of the people of Kenya by reducing poverty, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable groups and regions.
In September 2010 the then Finance Minister and current President of Kenya Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta requested that Kenya becomes a Delivering as One country.The UN in Kenya has taken the first key steps on the roadmap towards Delivering as One. The Delivering as One initiative was launched in 2007 to respond to rapidly changing needs where the UN works. The initiative seek to enable the UN family provide development assistance in a more coordinated way.