Office of the Resident Coordinator
The Resident Coordinator is the leader of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), and his role is to bring together the various UN agencies to improve the coherence and effectiveness of their work for the development of Cameroon. He acts on behalf of the UN’s system impartially, in ensuring a strategic United Nations position in each country. It supports and promotes the UN’s responsibilities for human rights and humanitarian law-based programming, including the duties of UN’s entities and staff in this regard.
The Office of the Resident Coordinator is the main support structure for the Resident Coordinator and Country Team activities for the strengthening of the joint activities of the United Nations system in Cameroon. It coordinates UN operational activities for development so that United Nations assistance is aligned with national development priorities and the demand for capacity-building following international treaties and development goals.
The Resident Coordinator for Cameroon
Mr. Siaka Coulibaly brings to this position over 30 years of experience as an Economist and development practitioner in international cooperation and development, and advisory services, working with UNDP, United Nations in West Africa and New York.
Before retiring in early 2023, he served as Resident Coordinator in Senegal. Prior to that, he served as UN Resident Coordinator in Benin (2016-2020). Previously, he was the Deputy Resident Representative Programme/Operations in Togo (2014-2016). He also served, as Country Advisor in UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA, 2011-2014) – New York. Before that, he was a Team Leader of MDG Support Team in the UNDP Regional Service Centre in Dakar -Senegal (2008-2011). Prior to that, he worked as a National Economist and Programme Manager in UNDP Cote d’Ivoire (2000- 2005) and MDG Policy Advisor, RBA New York (2006-2008). Before Joining the United Nations, Siaka worked for 14 years in Cote d’Ivoire as, Chief of Cabinet in the Ministry of Planning and Development (1996-2000), Economist-Chargé de Mission in the Prime Minister’s Office (1993-1996), Economist-Planner with the National Bureau of Technical and Development Studies - Presidency of Republic (BNETD 1989-1993), and Planning Specialist in the Ministry of Construction and Urbanization (1986).
Mr. Siaka holds a Master’s degree in development and economic planning from State University of Antwerpen in Belgium – a Master’s in Public Finance and Management (1988) from the State University of Antwerp, Belgium – et and Maitrise in Applied Economics and Business Economics from the National University of Abidjan (1984), Côte d'Ivoire