The Resident Coordinator Office

Babacar Cissé
Resident Coordinator
Mr. Babacar Cissé, a national of Senegal and an HC Pool member, was the DSRSG/RC/HC for Côte d’Ivoire from 2017 to 2019. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa in New York (2009-2013). Before these positions, Mr. Cissé was Resident Coordinator in Burkina Faso (2007-2009), served briefly as an Acting Director of the Eastern and Central Africa Cluster (2003) and Deputy Director of West & Central Africa Cluster (2004) before returning to the field as UNDP Country Director in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2005-2007). He was appointed in UNDP as a Country Programme Advisor (2001-2003) and was Country Director a.i. for the Eastern and Central Africa Cluster (2000-2001). Mr. Cissé was also assigned to UNDP Headquarters to serve as Coordinator for the Countries in Special Development Circumstances Unit in the Regional Bureau for Africa (1998-2000). Earlier in his career, he served as a Programme Advisor in Madagascar (1987-1991), Deputy Resident Representative in Benin (1991-1994) and Deputy Resident Representative in Rwanda, 1994-1998.

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 Resident Coordinator’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 UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan

The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for the Republic of Sudan is Mr. Babacar Cissé who has held different senior positions in the United Nations, including as Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Cote d’Ivoire. As UN Assistant Secretary-General/Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Operations in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), he led humanitarian, reconstruction, sustainable development and operational activities in the UN Peacekeeping Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI). Mr Cisse has served as UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director Regional Bureau for Africa. He managed UNDP Africa operations in 45 countries in Africa. In that position, he led the development and implementation of UNDP’s Africa Regional Cooperation Framework (RCF), shaping the engagement strategy in the region, and ensuring effective oversight of regional projects and programmes, and building critical partnerships with regional organizations.