The UN Resident Coordinator's Office
The UN Resident Coordinator (RC) leads the Resident Coordinator System at the country level and represents the UN Secretary General to the Government of Zimbabwe. The RC, as the highest-ranking senior UN official in the country, is the primary interlocutor for the UN Development System with the Head of State and Government.
In Zimbabwe, the RC is responsible for coordinating and providing leadership to the UNCT in strategy setting, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of development programmes at the country level, as outlined in the 2016-2021 Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF). The RC also provides leadership on joint communications, advocacy, and resource mobilization efforts. In Zimbabwe, the RC is also the Humanitarian Coordinator, Designated Official for Safety and Security, and Director of the UN Information Centre.
The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO) supports the UN Resident Coordinator in her roles and functions. The UNRCO in Zimbabwe also provides inter-agency coordination support to the UN Country Team and its different working groups, including Promgamme Management Team, Operations Management Team, UN Communications Group, Human Rights Working Group, Team of Policy Advisors to enhance UN coherence and improve overall programme impact to better achieve results.
The UN Resident Coordinator
Ms. Maria do Valle Ribeiro, Irish, took office as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Zimbabwe in October 2019.
Ms. Ribeiro has over 30 years of humanitarian and development leadership experience in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean with the United Nations and International NGOs.
Prior to her appointment by the UN Secretary General to lead the United Nations Development System in Zimbabwe, Ms. Ribeiro served as UN Deputy Special Representative to the UN Stabilization Mission in Libya. Ms. Ribeiro had also served as the Deputy Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau and was the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Angola and Mauritania.
Ms. Ribeiro held various senior positions with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), including Regional Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Regional Office for West and Central Africa from 2006 to 2008; Representative for Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago from 2004 to 2006, Deputy Representative in Algeria from 2002 to 2004 and Chief of Planning in Angola from 2000 to 2002.
Prior to entry in the UN, Ms. Ribeiro worked extensively with INGO’s, namely Save the Children UK in Liberia, Burkina Faso, Angola and the Caribbean and with Concern in Bangladesh and Mozambique.
Born in Portugal, Ms. Ribeiro holds a Master of Economic Science degree in Development Policy and Planning from the University of Wales (United Kingdom).