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The United Nations Development Coordination Office and Resident Coordinator System

UN RCS are the cornerstone of a coherent and well-coordinated UN development system capable of delivering integrated support to countries across the SDGs.

The United Nations Development Coordination Office (DCO) serves as the secretariat for the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) – 34 UN agencies, funds and programmes working on development – at the regional and global level. DCO provides managerial and oversight functions for the Resident Coordinator (RC) system. 131 RCs lead UN Country Teams and coordinate UN support to countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

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 RC system ensures the coordination of all UN organisations dealing with operational activities for development at the country level. The RC is the highest-ranking representative of the UN Development System at the country level. They are supported by a small Team, the RC Office.

... and why

DCO acts as a key conduit for supporting the UN's activities for sustainable development, informing policy, programme and operations on the ground. Its activities are advanced through collective ownership by the UNSDG.

Career opportunities

Seeking candidates mainly in

Diversity Management
Environment and Disaster Risk Management
External Relations
Information and Communication Technology
Media and Communication
Monitoring and Evaluation
Social Development

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

UN organisation

Field(s) of activity

Development Cooperation
Peace Promotion and Human Security


New York, USA

Region(s) of operation

Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and Northern Africa
North America
South/East Asia and Pacific
Sub-Saharan Africa
Western and Central Europe

Number of employees

In Switzerland:

Outside Switzerland:
More than 1000

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