UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya

un resident coordinator

The Resident Coordinator’s Office supports the work of the UN Resident Coordinator and coordinates activities of the UN Country Team in its engagement with the Government as defined by the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

Kenya is currently implementing UNDAF 2018 – 2022, which is the medium-term results framework that describes the response of the UN system to national development priorities. UNDAF describes how the UN country team will contribute to the achievement of development results based on a common country analysis and the UN comparative advantage.

The Resident Coordinator is leading and strategically positioning the United Nations country team in Kenya to respond to the current national priorities, mainly to Kenya’s Vision 2030, Medium-Term Plan III and the Big Four Agenda.  The Office has five core functions:

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Economics
  3. Partnerships and development finance
  4. Data and results management and reporting
  5. Communications and advocacy

Siddharth Chatterjee leads the UN Country Team to deliver on the UN Development Assistance Framework in Kenya. Sid served previously as the UNFPA Representative for Kenya, where with his team, spearheaded efforts to reduce the unacceptably high maternal deaths in Kenya putting the spotlight on the challenges faced by adolescent girls, including child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and sexual and gender-based violence. 

Siddharth has served the UN in various countries including Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), Indonesia and in the peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Siddharth continues to write on humanitarian and development issues in journals such as the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, Reuters and various Kenyan and Indian journals. 

His has also served in India’s Special Forces Unit, where he was decorated in 1995 for bravery by the President. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, USA and a BSc from the National Defense Academy in India.