The UN Resident Coordinator Office

The Resident Coordinator (RC) represents the UN system as a whole. The UN Development System is now strengthened with a new reinvigorated Resident Coordinator system with an independent, empowered Resident Coordinator at its centre. Effective 1 January 2019, the Resident Coordinator is not, like before, also the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Resident Coordinator is now independent of any agency. With the reform, the functions of the Resident Coordinator are now separated from those of the Resident Representative of UNDP.  

The UN Resident Coordinator system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level. 

The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) facilitates and coordinates the work towards achieving agreed UN Country Team results. This includes UN inter-agency coordination and performance management under the UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework and joint programmes and supporting common UN platforms for policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, communication and advocacy. The RCO also supports UN engagement on the national aid effectiveness agenda and promotes UN system wide collaboration with relevant state, non-state actors, and cooperating partners. 

The Resident Coordinator in Zambia

Coumba Mar Gadio of Senegal has been appointed UN Resident Coordinator in Zambia and began her appointment on 3 May 2019. Prior to this appointment, Coumba has worked for the United Nations for 18 years, serving in various functions and duty stations at the regional and at country levels.

She recently served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Equatorial Guinea (2015 -2018).

Previously, she served as the Humanitarian / Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Mauritania (2010 - 2014).

Coumba worked in the United Nations Development Programme Bureau for Development Policy as a Regional Gender Practice Leader (2008-2010).  From 2003-2008 she was Chief a.i. of the Coordination Unit for the Sub Regional Resource Facilities (SURF) for West and Central Africa.  Coumba began her career in UNDP as a Regional Gender and Development Policy Advisor in 2001. 

Prior to joining the United Nations, Coumba worked in academia and taught Development Sociology in Marlboro College and the School for International Training, both institutions in Vermont (1998-2000), and a year (2000-2001) as a Consultant for The World Bank’s Operations and Evaluation Department (OED). 

Coumba holds a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and an M.A. in Women’s Studies from Ohio State University as well as a “Maitrise in Social Science” from “Ecole des Hautes Etudes En Sciences Sociales” in Paris.  She speaks fluent French and English.

The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Coumba Mar Gadio, PhD

Coumba Mar Gadio

Resident Coordinator