The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Author
Mr. Ozonnia Ojielo
UN
Resident Coordinator
Mr. Ozonnia Ojielo, a citizen of Nigeria, joined UNDP in 2004. Before joining UN in the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Ojielo has been Regional Cluster Leader for Governance and Peacebuilding in Africa, Addis Ababa for the period from 2014 to 2017.
In 2011-2014, he was Coordinator for Conflict Prevention and Recovery UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in New York. He previously served as Senior Peace and Development Adviser to the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Kenya and Chief of the Peacebuilding Programme of UNDP Kenya (2008-2011); Senior Governance Adviser to the UN Resident Coordinator, and Head of the Governance Programme of UNDP Ghana (2004-2008).
Mr. Ozonnia Ojielo

The Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level.

Resident Coordinators lead UN country teams in more than 130 countries and are the designated representatives of the Secretary-General for development operations. Working closely with national governments, Resident Coordinators and country teams advocate the interests and mandates of the UN system while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family.

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 UN Resident Coordinator in Kyrgyzstan

The UN Resident Coordinator in Kyrgyzstan is Ozonnia Ojielo.

Mr. Ozonnia Ojielo assumed his new position as UN Resident Coordinator in the Kyrgyz Republic on 8 January 2018. Whenever UNRC a.i is absent, another member of UN Country Team serves as UNRC a.i., according to internal regulations.

Mr. Ozonnia Ojielo, a citizen of Nigeria, joined UNDP in 2004. Before joining UN in the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Ojielo has been Regional Cluster Leader for Governance and Peacebuilding in Africa, Addis Ababa for the period from 2014 to 2017.

In 2011-2014, he was Coordinator for Conflict Prevention and Recovery UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in New York. He previously served as Senior Peace and Development Adviser to the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Kenya and Chief of the Peacebuilding Programme of UNDP Kenya (2008-2011); Senior Governance Adviser to the UN Resident Coordinator, and Head of the Governance Programme of UNDP Ghana (2004-2008).

From 2002 to 2004 he was Head of Operations and Officer in Charge of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

From 1990 to 2002 he was a legal practitioner in Nigeria, university teacher, as well as executive director of the research and advocacy institute Center for Peace in Africa, based in Nigeria. 

Mr. Ojielo holds a Bachelor's degree of Laws from Anambra State University of Science and Technology, Awka, Nigeria, a Master's degree in History from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an Executive Master's degree in Strategic and Project Management, Paris Graduate School of Management.

He also holds a Doctorate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.