The UN Resident Coordinator Office

On the instruction of the United Nations General Assembly, the Secretary-General appointed a High-Level Panel to conduct an exploratory review. In its November 2006 report, the Panel recommended that the UN system should “Deliver as One” (DaO) at the country level, with One Leader, One Programme, One Budget and, where appropriate, One Office. 

In the DaO tradition, the work of the UN Country Team is coordinated by the United Nations Resident Coordinator.  

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Bermuda, The Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands

Mr. Dennis Zulu is the United Nations Resident Coordinator.

Mr. Dennis Zulu, a Zambian national has more than 20 years of experience in development work, the private sector and academia. Prior to this role as Resident Coordinator, he served as Director – of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Decent Work Team (DWT) and Office for the Caribbean.

There he provides programmatic leadership and guidance to ILO constituents in identifying and addressing their country's Decent Work priorities through the design and implementation of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs). Zulu also directed the formulation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the substantive work Programmes of the DWT, catalyzing policy development and acting as an upstream policy adviser by promoting the Decent Work Agenda dimension to social, economic, and environmental policymakers and through dialogue with constituents, UN organizations and other partners.

Concurrently, he also served as UN Resident Coordinator a.i for Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Aruba, and Curacao.

Mr. Zulu has also worked as Director of the International Labour Office for English-speaking West Africa and as Representative to the Economic Commission for West Africa States (ECOWAS) in Nigeria.

Mr. Dennis Zulu has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Mzumbe University, Tanzania, a postgraduate diploma from Stellenbosch University South Africa and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Zambia.

The Resident Coordinator’s Office

The United Nations Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) supports the work of the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC/RC). The UN RCO leads the UN Country Team (UNCT) in consultations with the Government to define and agree on the UN strategic response to the Government’s development priorities. This response is captured in the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

Amid new UN reforms, the previous joint post of UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative (RR) were formally separated into two distinct posts, making way for a brand new, independent, impartial and empowered UN RC post.

The Office coordinates activities related to common programming including Agenda 2030, joint programmes, joint programming activities and development coordination work. This is done in conformity with the objectives and priorities of the Government, and the mandates and objectives of the United Nations agencies.

The collective known as the UNCT, has been mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to harness its collective synergy to deliver better results at reduced cost. The RCO aims to bring the UNCT together to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level. Coordinating development operations promotes more strategic support for national plans and priorities, makes operations more efficient and reduces transaction costs for governments. This helps the UN to be a more relevant and reliable partner for governments.

The twenty-three resident and non-resident United Nations agencies working in Jamaica have combined technical expertise and financial resources to support the UNCT. Their joint mission: Delivering Results Together. 

The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator is supported by development coordinators and other critical staff /associates. 

  • Morgan Murray, Strategic Planner & Team Lead
  • Aneesah Abdullah, Country Coordination Officer, The Bahamas
  • Stuart Davies, Senior Economist
  • Deborah Lee Hall, Administrative Associate
  • Yanique Daley, Executive Associate
  • Priyanka Mais, Junior Professional Officer
  • Jomain McKenzie, Programme Communications & Advocacy Officer
  • Maxsalia Salmon, Partnerships & Development Finance Officer
  • Shelly Trim, Data Management & Results Monitoring/Reporting Officer
  • Mickel James, Driver
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Dennis Zulu

Resident Coordinator