The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Author
Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee
RCO
UN Resident Coordinator
Siddharth Chatterjee previously served as the UNFPA Representative for Kenya before his appointment. He has spent most of his career in the UN working in fragile states and complex emergencies, serving in various capacities with the UN Mission in Iraq, UNICEF offices in Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), Indonesia and the UN Peace Keeping Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iraqi Kurdistan. His early career was in a Special Forces Unit of the Indian Army, where he was decorated in 1995 for bravery by the President of India. He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, USA and a Bachelor of Sciences from the National Defense Academy in India.
Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator

The Resident Coordinator’s Office supports the work of the UN Resident Coordinator and coordinates activities of the UN Country Team in its engagement with the Government as defined by the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

Kenya is currently implementing UNDAF 2018 – 2022, which is the medium-term results framework that describes the response of the UN system to national development priorities. UNDAF describes how the UN country team will contribute to the achievement of development results based on a common country analysis and the UN comparative advantage.

The Resident Coordinator is leading and strategically positioning the United Nations country team in Kenya to respond to the current national priorities, mainly to Kenya’s Vision 2030, Medium-Term Plan III and the Big Four Agenda.  The Office has five core functions:

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Economics
  3. Partnerships and development finance
  4. Data and results management and reporting
  5. Communications and advocacy

The UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya

Siddharth Chatterjee leads the UN Country Team to deliver on the UN Development Assistance Framework in Kenya. Sid served previously as the UNFPA Representative for Kenya, where with his team, spearheaded efforts to reduce the unacceptably high maternal deaths in Kenya putting the spotlight on the challenges faced by adolescent girls, including child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and sexual and gender-based violence. 

Sid has served the UN in various countries including Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), Indonesia and in the peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sid continues to write on humanitarian and development issues in journals such as the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, Reuters and various Kenyan and Indian journals. 

His has also served in India’s Special Forces Unit, where he was decorated in 1995 for bravery by the President. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, USA and a BSc from the National Defense Academy in India.