The United Nations Development Coordination Office and Resident Coordinator System

The UNDCO & RCS coordinate & align development activities at the country level to support sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

The Development Coordination Office (DCO) manages and oversees the Resident Coordinator system and serves as secretariat of the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG). Its objective is to support the capacity, effectiveness and efficiency of Resident Coordinators and the UN development system as a whole in support of national efforts for sustainable development.

DCO supports 130 Resident Coordinators and 132 Resident Coordinator’s offices covering 162 countries and territories.

Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)

No Poverty
Zero Hunger
Good Health and Well-being
Quality Education
Gender Equality
Clean Water and Sanitation
Affordable and Clean Energy
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Climate Action
Life Below Water
Life on Land
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Partnerships to achieve the Goals

How we work

The UNSDG facilitates joint policy formation and decision-making, encourages programmatic cooperation and continually seeks management efficiencies within the UN development system. DCO helps to identify, collate, prioritize and follow-up on issues for discussion and decision, and prepares substantive documents and products in support of the UNSDG and its Core Group.

... and why

The UNDCO and RCS work to ensure that the UN's development activities in a given country are well-coordinated and aligned with the country's own development priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN. This helps to ensure that the resources and efforts of the UN and its partners are used effectively and efficiently to achieve sustainable development outcomes.

Career opportunities

Seeking candidates mainly in

Diversity Management
Umwelt und Katastrophenmanagement
Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie
Medien und Kommunikation
Monitoring und Evaluation
Soziale Entwicklung

Work at the heart of the collective effort of the UN system and governments and coordinate the global community’s strategies towards achieving the SDGs.

Opportunities offered

Internships for students yes
Traineeships/Talent programs for graduates no
Positions/programs for young professionals yes
Staff positions for professionals yes
Senior or management positions yes
Consultancy opportunities yes
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Type of organisation


Field(s) of activity

Friedensförderung und menschliche Sicherheit


New York, USA

Region(s) of operation

Osteuropa und Zentralasien
Lateinamerika und Karibik
Nahost und Nordafrika
Südostasien und Pazifik
West- und Mitteleuropa

Number of employees

In Switzerland:

Outside Switzerland:
Über 1000

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