The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Author
Richard Dictus
RCO
UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt
Mr Dictus took up his appointment as the UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt in January 2019. He brings over 30 years of experience within the UN system, mostly with UNDP. He served in different capacities in Sudan, Lesotho, Bangladesh, Pakistan and at UNDP Headquarters in New York. He was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Fiji (2005-2009) and in Malawi (2009-2012). From 2013 to 2016, he was Executive Coordinator for the UN Volunteers, and in January 2017 he was appointed UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt.
Richard Dictus

As the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General in Egypt, the UN Resident Coordinator guides the UN’s engagement in development activities in the country.

The UN Resident Coordinator’s responsibilities include ensuring the coordination of the UN’s development activities, creating a platform of coordinated delivery, promoting the enhancement of national capacities and ensuring effective advocacy of UN values, standards, principles and activities on behalf of the UN with the highest level of Government.

The Resident Coordinator’s Office supports the UN country team in:

  •  Strengthening the coordination of development activities within the UN and between the UN and development partners;
  • Furthering coherence within the UN through joint strategic planning and programming of development activities;
  • Supporting the harmonisation and simplification of business practices and administrative procedures;
  • Strengthening joint communications, advocacy and reporting on the collective development work of the UN in Egypt;
  • Engaging in the identification of innovative and sustainable resources of funding.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt

Mr Richard Dictus took up the position of UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt in January 2019. This is a continuation of the assignment he has already held since January 2017, but without operational responsibilities for UNDP as Resident Representative. Before this role, Mr Dictus was Executive Coordinator for the United Nations Volunteers (2013 –2016).

Mr Dictus brings over 30 years of experience within the UN system. He first joined UNIDO as a Junior Professional Officer in South Yemen in 1987. He subsequently served in different capacities within UNDP: Sudan  (1990-1992), Lesotho (1992-1994) and Bangladesh (1994-1998) in environmental management, rural development, microfinance, human rights and disaster management practice areas. He then served as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative for Pakistan (1998-2000) and as Management Advisor and then Deputy Director of Human Resources at UNDP Headquarters (2000 to 2005). Returning to the field, he served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Fiji (2005-2009) and in Malawi (2009-2012).

Richard graduated from the Technical University of Twente in the Netherlands with a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Development Studies. He furthered his education at Harvard/MIT, Cornell and the United Nations System Staff College.