The Resident Coordinator Office
The Resident Coordinator Office (RCO)
The UN Resident Coordinator Office provides direct support to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General/ Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC) and the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Sudan to ensure the strategic, coherent and efficient functioning of the UN System in Sudan.
The core functions of the RCO are strategic planning; development economics; partnerships and development finance; data and results management and reporting; and communications and advocacy.
In addition to the core functions, the RCO hosts capacities including the UN Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), the Sudan Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) and the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Network (PSEA). The RCO also provides inter-agency coordination support to the UNCT’s various sub-teams (Integrated Program Management Team (IPMT), Integrated Operations Management Team (IOMT), and the UN Integrated Communications Group (UN-ICG).
UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund
In October 2019 the UN Secretary-General, at the request of the then Government, declared Sudan eligible to the UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) for a period of five years. The PBF currently has 14 active projects in Sudan with the total budget of $44.3 million working across durable solutions, rule of law, local peacebuilding, peace agreement implementation, women’s empowerment and youth empowerment.
The PBF invests with UN entities, governments, regional organizations, multilateral banks, national multi-donor trust funds or civil society organizations. The Fund works across pillars and supports integrated UN responses to fill critical gaps; respond quickly and with flexibility to peacebuilding opportunities; and catalyze processes and resources in a risk-tolerant fashion. The Resident Coordinator provides leadership, oversight, and strategic guidance to the PBF portfolio in the country.
Sudan Multi-Partner Trust Fund
The Sudan Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) was established to support the coordinated, coherent and sequenced implementation of the UNITAMS mandate and facilitate peacebuilding and stabilization efforts as stated in Security Council resolutions 2524 (2020) and 2579 (2021). A UN Sudan initiative joint by donors, the MPTF covers the four distinct programmatic areas (pillars) of the UNITAMS mandate:
- Assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace
- Support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements
- Assist peacebuilding, civilian protection, and rule of law, in particular in Darfur and the Two Areas
- Support the mobilization of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance
Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Network
In Sudan, the DSRSG/RC/HC has systemwide responsibility for PSEA in country and chairs the Sudan PSEA Network, which is made up on UN agencies, I/NGOs and donor organizations. It is the primary body for technical-level implementation and coordination of PSEA activities as outlined in the 2022/3 PSEA Action Plan. Priorities for PSEA mainstreaming include:
- Sustained efforts to integrate PSEA within the HRP both at project and sectoral levels
- Context specific CBCMs in collaboration with the AAP Working Group to facilitate SEA reporting
- Increased engagement with and support to local populations –awareness and sensitization campaigns, community consultations, SEA risks assessments, and capacity building.
- Step up efforts to support state level implementation of the PSEA Action Plan
- In collaboration with the GBV and CP subsectors, strengthen the victim assistance mechanisms and protocols to adequately respond to the immediate and long-term needs of SEA survivors.
- Institutional capacity building to support I/NGOs develop internal PSEA measures.
The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan (DSRSG/RC/HC)
The UN Resident Coordinator is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sudan and guides the UN’s engagement in development activities in the country. The UN Country Team (UNCT) Sudan is led by the UN Resident Coordinator, who, in Sudan, also acts as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) and the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC).
The DSRSG/RC/HC’s main responsibilities include ensuring the coordination of the UN’s development activities, creating a platform of coordinated delivery, and promoting the enhancement of national capacities; and ensuring effective advocacy of UN values, standards, principles and activities on behalf of the UN with the highest level of Government.
The UN Resident Coordinator is also responsible for advancing the UN Secretary-General’s ‘increased coherence’ agenda in Sudan. The overall goal of this agenda is to bring UN agencies, funds and programmes to work more closely together to increase effectiveness (improved results), relevance (greater alignment with national priorities) and efficiency (reduced duplication and transactions costs).
The DSRSG/RC/HC for the Republic of Sudan is Ms. Khardiata Lo N’Diaye.
Ms. Lo N’Diaye brings 35 years of experience in development, humanitarian assistance, women’s empowerment, democratic governance, conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Most recently, she served as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim (a.i.) in Niger (2020) and as Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) a.i. in Nigeria (2019).
Prior to this, she was Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Togo (2011-2018) as well as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Niger (2007-2011). Before joining the UN, Ms. Lo N’Diaye held several senior positions in the Senegalese public administration, including as General Manager of the Social Development Fund, as well as in the Ministries of Economy, Women and Children’s Affairs, Social Development, Planning and International Cooperation.
Ms. Lo N’Diaye holds a post-graduate degree in Land Management and Urban Planning, a Masters in Economic Geography and a Bachelors in Geography from La Sorbonne University, France.