The UN Resident Coordinator Office

The Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (RCO) supports 10 core coordination functions performed by Pillars and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) which include:

  1. Strategic analysis and planning
  2. Oversight of the UNCT programming cycle
  3. Representation and support of the UN Secretariat and United Nations Agencies (resident and non-resident)
  4. Support national coordination systems and processes
  5. Development and management of shared operational services
  6. Crisis management and preparedness response
  7. Joint external communication and advocacy
  8. Human rights and development
  9. Joint resource mobilisation and fund management
  10. General UNCT oversight and management

The United Nations Country Team adopted the overarching objective of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2019 – 2023 as follows: “By 2030, Namibia is a developed nation with an equitable, peaceful and sustainable societal and economic fabric, a resilient environment and transformational governance in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

The RCO works closely with all UNSDCF Pillars and other Theme Groups to coordinate and monitor the implementation of UNSDCF 2019 – 2023. The RCO acts as a first port-of-call to provide services and support to the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) and other stakeholders, such as the private sector, civil society organisations and other development partners. Furthermore, the RCO, together with the relevant government counterpart, provides secretarial support to the Joint Steering Committee (JSC).

The UN Resident Coordinator in Namibia

Rachel Odede is the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Representative to Namibia and currently serves as the Resident Coordinator (RC) to Namibia ad interim (a.i.) since April 2018. Rachel Odede has been working for UNICEF for over 25 years across the globe. Her aptitude to adapt knowledge and experience to varying contexts in the span of her career in the development space is a particular feature. She brings forth insightful awareness for political complexities especially in the light of the changing nature of  the multilateral development framework within which translation from policy to outcomes happens.

Ms. Odede is a national of Kenya, she hold's a Master's degree in Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, USA, a Master's degree in Education from Kenyatta University and a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Nairobi.