The UN Resident Coordinator Office
The work of the United Nations in Mongolia is guided by the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) that provides a strategic guidance to the UN system work in the country. The current UNDAF 2017-2021 was signed with the Government of Mongolia in 2016 and is designed to foster cooperation, enhance coordination and strengthen partnerships to support attainment of Mongolia's Sustainable Development Vision 2030.
The UNDAF demonstrates a strategic focus supporting Mongolia in achieving its sustainable development objectives and focuses on (1) promoting inclusive growth and sustainable management of natural resources; (2) enhancing social protection and utilization of quality and equitable social services, and (3) fostering voice and strengthening accountability.
For successful implementation of UNDAF 2017-2021 the UN will utilize its comparative advantages in Mongolia that are as follows:
- Strong reputation with the Government of Mongolia and a consolidated relationship built on decades of successful cooperation;
- Convening ability and role of international broker;
- Credibility with NGOs, civil society (at all levels);
- Knowledge and international standards;
- Independence and neutrality;
- Strategic support for SDGs (expertise, reporting);
- Window to international/regional expertise on complex development issues, and Guarantor of international quality of norms and standards.
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.