The UN Resident Coordinator Office
The Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) in Nigeria coordinates the work of the UN system in support of the roles and responsibilities of the Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team (UNCT). The Resident Coordinator leads the UNCT in consultations with the Government to define and agree on the UN system’s strategic response to the Government’s development priorities. The UNCT is currently composed of 19 resident and 4 non-resident entities.
The UN system’s strategic response is currently being provided under the 2018-2022 United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF) signed with the Federal Government of Nigeria. The 2018-2022 UNSDPF has applied Standard Operation Procedures for UN coherence, lays great emphasis on partnerships and, focusses on SDGs as the foundation for development. The 2018-2020 UNSDPF serves as the UN systems collective support to Nigeria’s 2017-2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), the Global 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Africa Union Agenda 2063.
The RC Office coordinates support to 10 core functions performed by the RC and/or UNCT:
- Strategic analysis and planning;
- Oversight of the UN country programming cycle;
- Representation and support of UN secretariat, UN agencies/NRAa;
- Support to national coordination systems and processes;
- Development and management of shared operational support services;
- Crisis management and preparedness response;
- External communications and advocacy;
- Human rights and development;
- Joint Resource Mobilization and fund management;
- General UNCT oversight and management.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria is Mr. Edward Kallon. Prior to this position, Mr. Kallon was the UN Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan where he served for three years.
Mr. Kallon is a seasoned humanitarian and development economist with over 30 years of hands-on experience working with complex emergency management and community stabilization in conflict and non-conflict settings across three continents. Mr. Kallon’s career with the UN began as a UN Volunteer in 1990 in Kabul, Afghanistan with the World Food Programme (WFP).
He joined the organization as a full-time staff in 1992, serving as the Head of Sub-office in Herat, Afghanistan. He has since held several senior management positions for WFP in Uganda, India, Bangladesh, Kenya and Somalia. Before his career with the United Nations, Mr. Kallon worked in his home country, Sierra Leone as a Socio-Economist and Community Development Coordinator.
Mr. Kallon holds a Masters’ degree in Development Studies with specialization in Agriculture and Rural Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands and a Bachelors’ degree in Agricultural Education from Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone.