The Resident Coordinator of the UN in Yemen (RC)

unct-ye-rco-image-2016(Photo: Alvhild Stromme, RCO)

The UN Resident Coordinator (RC) is the chief of the UN diplomatic mission in Yemen, and the leader of the UN Country Team of Agencies (UNCT). The RC is, together with the UNCT, responsible for preparing policies of joint UN assistance to Yemen.

The RC and her office aim to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency of UN activities in Yemen. The coordination of development operations promotes stronger strategic support to national plans and priorities, increases the efficiency of operations, and reduces transaction costs.

The RC in Yemen is also the UN Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), guiding the overall humanitarian response efforts in Yemen. She oversees the coordination of UN agencies and other partners working on the delivery of humanitarian assistance, policy development, and humanitarian advocacy, as well as mobilization of resources to fund the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP). The Humanitarian Coordinator is accountable to the Emergency Response Coordinator primarily for facilitating and ensuring quick, effective, and well- coordinated provision of humanitarian assistance to people affected by humanitarian crisis in Yemen. She oversees the allocation of funding of the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) supported by Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The current RC/HC in Yemen is also the UN Designated Official (DO), responsible for the security of UN staff in the country, supported by the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).