The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Author
Michael Dunford
WFP
UN Resident Coordinator a.i. & WFP Country Representative
Michael Dunford has worked for WFP for the last 18 years. He brings a wide range of expertise in the fields of emergency response and development with particular focus on food and nutrition security. Mr. Dunford comes with a broad legal background from both the private sector and within the United Nations, including the issues of protection, statelessness and constitutional matters. Before becoming the WFP Representative in Tanzania, Mr. Dunford was the Representative ai and Deputy Country Director (DCD) for WFP in Uganda for 4 years. He was the DCD for WFP in Bangladesh from 2009 to 2012 and in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 2006-2008. Mr Dunford began his WFP career in 2001 with WFP’s Legal Department in Rome as the Head of Commercial and Constitutional Law Branch after practicing law in Australia and the UK. He has also had assignments to Ukraine, Georgia and Ingushetia.
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The UN Resident Coordinator is the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Tanzania and is responsible for coordinating the work of the UN Tanzania Country Team (UNCT) which consists of 23 UN Agencies.

The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) supports the Resident Coordinator in promoting Tanzania’s attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa Agenda 2063. The RCO further provides strategic guidance and coordination support for the design and delivery of the UN Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II) 2016-2021. Developed in partnership with the Government, UNDAP II is the UN’s key instrument to respond to national needs and to advance social, economic and environmental priorities.

The RCO advises and supports the UNCT on areas of Strategic planning, Substantial evidence-based SDGs analysis; Data and Results-Based Management, Results monitoring and reporting; Partnership and Development Finance; and Programme Communications and Advocacy. More specifically, the main functions include:

  • Providing strategic guidance to the UNCT on support to accelerate national progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through implementation of the UNDAP II.
  • Coordinating the formation of strategic partnerships and development financing to accelerate implementation of the SDGs.
  • Coordinating the planning, monitoring and reporting of UN system-wide results and the UN’s contribution to the achievement of Agenda 2030.
  • Communicating the UN’s work and advocating for the UN’s normative values and the SDGs.
  • Coordinating the implementation of area-based joint programmes in Kigoma and Zanzibar.
  • Supporting enhanced efficiency and effectiveness in UN business operations and innovation through the Business Operations Strategy.

The UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Tanzania 

Michael Dunford is UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Tanzania. Mr. Dunford has worked for the World Food Programme (WFP) for the last 18 years. He brings a wide range of expertise in the fields of emergency response and development with particular focus on food and nutrition security. Mr. Dunford comes with a broad legal background from both the private sector and within the United Nations, including the issues of protection, statelessness and constitutional matters. Before becoming the WFP Representative in Tanzania, Mr. Dunford was the Representative ai and Deputy Country Director (DCD) for WFP in Uganda for 4 years. He was the DCD for WFP in Bangladesh from 2009 to 2012 and in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 2006-2008. Mr. Dunford began his WFP career in 2001 with WFP’s Legal Department in Rome as the Head of Commercial and Constitutional Law Branch after practicing law in Australia and the UK. He has also had assignments to Crimea, Georgia and Ingushetia.