The UN Resident Coordinator Office
The UN Country Team (UNCT) Liberia is led by the UN Resident Coordinator who coordinates all the UN’s operations in Liberia with the support of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.
The UN Resident Coordinator's Office provides direct support to the UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team, including advisory, technical and management support. The office coordinates the implementation of the UNDAF and helps the UNCT operate more efficiently through harmonized business transaction and cost effectiveness. It is made up of three units namely; the Core Coordination Unit, the Peace, Political and Development Unit and the Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund/Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).
Core Coordination Unit:
The Core Resident Coordination Unit handles the daily coordination for results, programmatic work, operations, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic communications and advocacy. It supports the UN Country Team in planning, policy, analysis and reporting. It also supports various working groups including: Inter-Agencies Programme Team (IAPT), Operations Management Team (OMT), Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Working Group, UN Communications Group (UNCG), Gender Thematic Group (GTG), Human Rights (HR) Working Group, Inter-Agency Youth Taskforce (IAYT), Disaster Management Working Group and UN Data Working Group.
Peace, Political and Development Unit (PPDU)
Since the closure of UNMIL, the Resident Coordinator's Office was strengthened with the Political, Peace and Development Unit (PPDU), the first of its kind, to ensure that the transition does not exacerbate pre-existing political and social tensions, and that UN good offices continues. This unit provides political and conflict analysis and advice to the Resident Coordinator, supports the UN Country Team with conflict prevention, maintains contact with political and civil society networks, and maintains relationships with senior officials in government and the international community, including donor partners. The support is instrumental for the Resident Coordinator’s proactive engagement to sustain peace in Liberia.
In addition to eight staff working on political, peace and development issues in Monrovia, the unit has eleven field liaison officers based in Bomi, Bong, Gbarpolu, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Lofa, Maryland, Nimba, Rivercess, River Gee and Sinoe counties who monitor political dynamics and support sub-national peace consolidation.
Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund/ Peacebuilding Fund (LMPTF/PBF)
The Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund/Peacebuilding Fund (LMPTF/PBF) was established in July 2018 to address the remaining root causes of fragility in Liberia in support of the country’s efforts to sustain peace and implement the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The LMPTF/PBF brings together the Government, development partners, the UN system, and relevant stakeholders. The architecture of the LMPTF/PBF is designed to support and accelerate the implementation of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) which was launched in October 2018, through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
The Fund provides a coordination mechanism both financially and programmatically by improving aid effectiveness, increasing alignment among stakeholders and reducing transaction costs for donors and implementing partners, in close consultation with the Government of Liberia.
LMPFT key result areas: The Fund’s current result areas are hinged on the PAPD’s four pillars as follows;
- Power to the People: Which focuses on providing more equitable opportunities in education, health, youth development and social protection
- The Economy and Jobs: Which is looking to promote economic stability and create jobs through effective resource mobilisation and prudent management of the economy.
- Sustaining the Peace: Whose goal is to promote a cohesive society for sustainable development
- Governance and Transparency: Which will promote an inclusive and accountable public sector for shared prosperity and sustainable development.
The Fund will also address the cross-cutting areas of women and youth empowerment, climate change and environment as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
LMPTF/PBF added value
- Addressing multi-dimensional fragility through a comprehensive joint approach
- Sustaining Peace through the implementation of SDGs
- Reaching vulnerable members of society
- A catalytic and coherent role with maximum efficiency
- Predictable funding
Read more about the Fund here.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Liberia
Niels Scott, the UN Resident Coordinator in Liberia, has more than 25 years of experience in international cooperation, development coordination, humanitarian assistance, crisis management and peacebuilding support, which he has acquired at the United Nations and externally. At the United Nations, he most recently served as Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator in Burundi, after occupying a similar position in Indonesia and serving as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia. He also held leadership positions with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), including Head of Office in Libya and Côte d'Ivoire, Acting Head of Office in Haiti and Chief of the Humanitarian Coordination Support as well as the Disaster and Vulnerability Policy sections respectively. With the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS), he served as Head of the Regional Office for Darfur and Head of the OCHA Darfur Cell.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Scott worked with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for 15 years, including as Operations Coordinator, Representative for Haiti, Head of the Regional Delegation for Central Asia then West and Central Africa, Head of Delegation in Georgia, Relief Coordinator in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Logistics Officer in Croatia. He also served with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as Programme Coordinator in Croatia and held other positions in the non-governmental and private sectors.
Mr. Scott has a degree in social science and politics from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.