RC System

Resident Coordinator System

The Resident Coordinator (RC) System was conceived by the UN General Assembly to enhance the effective and efficient functioning of the United Nations System at country level. The Resident Coordinator System is the main mechanism to coordinate the United Nations system’s operational activities for development, as well as emergency, recovery and transition in programme countries. The RC system aims to bring together all UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of collective UN activities. It supports national development efforts by coordinating activities within the UN family and between the UN and its development partners, donors, civil society, the private sector and the Government of Malawi.

The RC system responds to the requirements of the UN Reforms in promoting simplification and harmonisation of programmes and operational activities of the UN. The RC also promotes and advocates the UN global agenda of change in Malawi.

As the key UN counterpart of national governments, the RC draws together the global expertise, skills and best practices from the programmes, funds and specialised agencies of the UN. This meets the goals of the Resident Coordinator system to encourage the UN ‘to work as one’ with increasingly self-reliant host governments and active private sector and civil society groups. The scoring tactics include joint advocacy, programme and operational coordination, and move to common services and common premises.

Resident Coordinator

The UN is headed by the Resident Coordinator (RC), who is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General for development operations at the country level. The UN Resident Coordinator (RC) leads the Resident Coordinator System at the country level and represents the UN Secretary General to the Government of Malawi and the UN Country Team (UNCT). The UN RC is the primary interlocutor for the UNCT with the Head of State and Government. The RC has an equal relationship with and responsibility to all UNCT members. As such, the RC advocates for the interests and mandates of the UN system while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family.

In Malawi, the RC is responsible for coordinating and providing leadership to the UNCT in strategy setting, planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of development programmes at the country level, as outlined in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The RC also provides leadership on joint communications, advocacy, and resource mobilisation efforts. In Malawi, the RC also acts as Humanitarian Coordinator, Designated Official for Safety and Security, Resident Representative of UNDP and Director of the UN Information Centre.

UN Resident Coordinator’s Office

The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO) supports the UN Resident Coordinator in his/her roles and functions. The UNRCO in Malawi provides inter-agency coordination support to the UNCT and its various sub-groups. The support includes strategic planning, programme and operations management, policy guidance, as well as knowledge management, advocacy and communications, all seeking to enhance UN coherence and improve overall programme impact to better achieve results.

The capacity of the UNRCO in Malawi is enhanced through valuable support received from various partners. This partnership is critical to ensuring that the UNRCO in Malawi has the resources necessary to fulfill its mandate in further supporting the achievement of results to positively impact the lives of Malawians.