UNDP and the UN System

Ms. Maria Jose Torres is the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Malawi. As the UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Torres is deputized by Ms. Claire Medina for programme and Ms. Katarzyna Wawiernia for operations
UNDP Malawi has a Senior Management Team (SMT) responsible for steering UNDP activities in Malawi, in partnership with the Malawi Government, development partners and other relevant stakeholders.
As the chair of the UN Country Team, a team comprising of all the heads of UN agencies, the Resident Coordinator provides overall leadership for UN strategic initiatives and the operational framework for development assistance
The effectiveness of the UN Resident Coordinator System is central to providing the highest quality services to programme countries to enable them to accelerate MDG progress, advance peace and stability and achieve sustainable human development

UNDP’s role within the UN Country Team is that of coordination. UNDP provides coordination support to each of the UN agencies, and provides financial assistance to programmes and projects of sister agencies and other development partners.

UN agencies in the country

The United Nations System in Malawi consists of eight resident agencies as follows:

  • UN in the country
  • FAO
  • WFP
  • WHO 
The number of non-resident agencies, notably UN-HABITAT, IFAD, UNEP, UNESCO, UNIDO and UNODC support activities in Malawi. The UNDP Resident Representative/Resident Coordinator represents some agencies, such as UNCDF and UN-HABITAT.

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