The UN Resident Coordinator Office

The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO) supports the UN Resident Coordinator in their roles to work with UN entities to improve the impact, efficiency and effectiveness of the UN’s operational activities for development at the country level.

As designated representative of the UN Secretary-General, the RC in Malawi leads and strategically positions the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in support of national priorities, development strategies, and plans.

The UNRCO in Malawi provides inter-agency coordination support to the UN Country Team (UNCT) and its various sub-groups (Programme Management Team - PMT, Operations Management Team - OMT and UN Communications Group - UNCG). The support includes strategic planning, programme and operations management, policy guidance, data management and results reporting as well as knowledge management, advocacy and communications – all seeking to enhance UN coherence and improve overall programme impact to better achieve development results.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Malawi

Maria Do Valle Ribeiro is the UN Resident Coordinator (ad interim) for Malawi.

Ms. Ribeiro has more than three decades of humanitarian and development leadership experience in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean with different United Nations entities and with international non-governmental organizations.  She served as United Nations Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) from January 2017 until September 2019.

Prior to joining UNSMIL, Ms. Ribeiro served as the Deputy Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau and was the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Angola and Mauritania.  She also held various senior positions with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), including Regional Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (2006-2008); Representative for Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago (2004-2006); Deputy Representative in Algeria (2002-2004); and Chief of Planning in Angola from 2000 to 2002.

Meet the Team in the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Malawi

  • Max Bonnel, Head of UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: bonnel@un.org
  • Chimwemwe Msowoya, Development Coordination Officer (Partnerships and Development Financing): chimwemwe.msowoya@un.org
  • Rudolf Nkhata, Development Coordination Officer (Data Management, and Results Monitoring and Reporting): rudolf.nkhata@un.org
  • Phillip Pemba, Development Coordination Officer (Programme Communications and Advocacy): phillip.pemba@un.org

UN Staff in Malawi

There are over 700 staff of the United Nations in Malawi, working with about 20 UN entities that are active in Malawi to contribute towards ensuring a better life for the people of Malawi. For more details about UN staff deployment in Malawi per agency and where they work, see this UN Staff Deployment Map for Malawi.

UN Team
Caption: UN staff in Malawi stand against rape and violence against women and girls
Photo: © Rina Toyoma

The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Maria Ribeiro

Maria Manuel Gomes Do Valle Ribeiro

Resident Coordinator a.i.