The UN Resident Coordinator Office
In June 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that envisages the most far-reaching development reform in the history of the United Nations Development System in response to a unified call by Member States to transform the UN system.
The reform aimed to reposition the United Nations development system with a stronger, better-defined collective identity as a trusted, reliable, cohesive, accountable, and effective partner to the country within the 2030 Agenda.
The UN system in Mongolia is led by UN Resident Coordinator, who is the highest-ranking development official to represent the UN system in the country. The Resident Coordinator leads the UN Country Team, which consists of both resident and non-resident agencies, to deliver collective responses to national needs and ensure system-wide accountability on the ground.
The Resident Coordinator is supported by the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO). 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 RCO has five core development coordination functions:
- Development Coordination Officer: Strategic Planning and Team Leader - Doljinsuren Jambal (Ms)
- Development Coordination Officer: Economist - Sangwon Lim (Mr)
- Development Coordination Officer: Partnerships and Development Finance Officer - (under recruitment process)
- Development Coordination Officer: Data and Results Management and Reporting Officer - Tsend-Ayush Ganbaatar (Ms)
- Development Coordination Officer: Communications and Advocacy Officer - Soyolmaa Dolgor (Ms)
In addition, the RCO has additional functions as follows:
- National Human Rights Advisor - Altangerel Choijoo (Mr)
- Humanitarian Affairs Officer - Suvd Bold (Ms)
- Executive Associate - Altanchimeg Zagd (Ms)
- Administrative Associate - Naran Otgonbayar (Ms)
- Driver - Batmunkh Purvee
The UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia
Mr Tapan Mishra has taken over his role as the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UN RC) for Mongolia in September 2019. As UN RC, the highest-ranking representative of the United Nations Development System in Mongolia, he has been designated by the UN Secretary-General to lead the UN Country Team in coordinating operational activities for development in the country. Before this post in Mongolia, Mr. Mishra served as UN RC in DPR Korea from 2015 to 2019.
Mr. Tapan Mishra first joined the UN system in 2003 as the UNDP Learning Advisor and Deputy Chief of the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) in the Office of Human Resources, Bureau of Management where he moved up to become the Director and Chief of LRC from 2007 to 2013. Thereafter, he served on numerous assignments as Senior Advisor at the Business Solutions Exchange, supporting Country Offices as well as Offices in Headquarters including the Human Development Report Office, and the Bureau of Policy and Programme Support till 2015 when he was appointed as UN RC.
Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Mishra worked in India both in private and public sector organizations. He started his career in 1984 as a human resource professional in Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (erstwhile Burma Shell Co), where he was the Head of Industrial Relations of the Northern Region in India. He then became the All India Training Manager in Mumbai and finally an Internal Coach for Organizational Learning and Change Management. He also served at Infosys Leadership Institute as a Faculty Member and at Grow Talent Co. Ltd in Gurgaon as Vice President (Consulting).
A Management Postgraduate from XLRI, Jamshedpur, a premier Business School in India, Mr. Mishra has also been active in academia through teaching HR Management at leading institutions in India, like NMIMS in Mumbai and at Columbia University, School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in the United States.