The RC System encompasses all organizations of the UN System dealing with operational activities for development at country level, regardless of their formal presence. The RC System facilitates the alignment of the UN System operational activities for development with national ownership, plans and priorities, to improve the effectiveness of the overall contribution of the UN system and to coordinate with other sources of development assistance. The Resident Coordinator system works to bring together different UN Agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level.
The UN Resident Coordinator in a country is the designated representative of the Secretary-General and aims to bring together different resident and non-resident UN agencies, funds and programmes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at a country level. Working closely with national governments, Resident Coordinators advocate for the interests and mandates of the UN while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire United Nations family.
The important role of the RC in responding to national needs and priorities will include supporting the Government’s efforts for a coordinated, multidisciplinary response aimed at implementation and monitoring of assistance strategies and programmes. In providing coherent support, the RC supports the outcomes of global conferences, poverty reduction and sectoral strategies and use of common programming tools.The RC plays a central role at the country level in making possible the coordination of UN operational activities for development, including in countries with complex development or coordination challenges, so as to improve the UN’s response to national priorities. In so doing, the RC acts in an impartial manner on behalf of the RCS as a whole.
The RC assumes overall coordination responsibility of the UN System operational activities for development. The RC is specifically accountable for: (1) reporting on UNCT results to government, (2) achieving agreed RC results drawn from UN Country Team work plan, and (3) implementing the guidance note on RC/UNCT working relations. The RC has the authority to fulfill effectively his/her role as team leader of the UNCT, although UNCT and:
Annual Reports of the UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia
The Resident Coordinator Annual Report (RCAR) is an essential element of the accountability and results framework for UN operational activities. The RCAR provides an opportunity for UN Country Teams (UNCTs), under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator, to review their collective results, share good practices in support of national development plans and priorities, share lessons learned in coordination and common programming; improve their planning process and identify the support they need from Headquarters and Regional Directors Teams.