Assessing the role of UN Resident Coordinators in Consistent Policy Advice

ECOPER Chief Consultant, Aitor Perez, was selected to join a group of experts of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) of the United Nations Secretariat for the evaluation of the UN Resident Coordinator system. The OIOS is mandated by the UN General Assembly to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the implementation of the programmes and legislative mandates of the UN. It assesses a diverse range of programmes, departments, offices, peacekeeping operations and special political missions with the aim of assessing UN performance.

In 2023, the OIOS is conducting the evaluation of the Resident Coordinator (RC) system as part of an evaluation workplan that also covers the UN Development Coordination Office. This evaluation focuses on the extent to which the United Nations Resident Coordinator system supports and enables coherent UN policy advice to enhance host governments’ capacity to achieve the SDGs.

ECOPER’s contribution to this evaluation will consist of conducting a case study on the Madagascar Resident Coordinator Office, the analysis of two surveys addressed to members of Resident Coordinator Offices and UN Country Teams worldwide, and participation in a brainstorming workshop in New York. Coinciding with the SDG Summit in September 2023, this workshop will review evidence collected through different techniques and outline key messages and data points.