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 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 UN Resident Coordinator in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Bermuda, The Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands
Mr. Gary Conille is the UN Resident Coordinator.
Mr. Conille brings over 20 years of experience to his new position, most of them in the United Nations and international NGOs.
Prior to the appointment as Resident Coordinator in Jamaica, Mr. Conille served as Resident Coordinator in Burundi (2017-2020) and before that as Under Secretary General for Programmes and Operations with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2015-2017). Mr. Conille was also the United Nations Office for Project Services’ Regional Director for the Africa Region (2014-2015) and head of the UN Development Programme’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) support unit (2008-2010). He began his career with the UN in Haiti, with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), in 1999.
In the wake of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Mr. Conille served as Chief of Staff to the office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti, former United States President William J. Clinton, where he helped coordinate Haiti’s reconstruction efforts. In 2011 Mr. Conille was nominated Prime Minister of Haiti, a position he served until 2012, when he took the role of Senior Advisor to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her role as Co-Chair of the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Mr. Conille holds a Medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the State University of Haiti and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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 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
- Olaf de Groot, Economist
- Bernadene Crooks, Executive Associate
- Jomain McKenzie, Programme Communications & Advocacy Officer
- Maxsalia Salmon, Partnerships & Development Finance Officer
- Shelly Trim, Data Management & Results Monitoring/Reporting Officer
- George Abualzulof, Senior Human Rights Advisor to the RC from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- Mickel James, Driver