The Resident Coordinator Office in Iraq
The General Assembly Resolution 72/279 on the repositioning of the United Nations Development System mandates bold changes for the emergence of a new generation of Country Teams, centered on a strategic programme with the Government and led by an impartial, independent and empowered UN Resident Coordinator to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet.
The integrated office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC) coordinates the work of the UN in Iraq on its development, humanitarian and reconstruction mandates in support of the strategic priorities of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF, formerly UNDAF) for Iraq 2020-2024 in line with Iraq’s national priorities and in accordance with the National Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals. The office facilitates establishment and implementation of mechanisms that ensure all members can fully participate in UNCT consultations and decision-making processes and are informed through regular information sharing.
The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Iraq fulfills the following key functions in support of the responsibilities of the RC/HC:
(1) Strategic planning;
(2) Partnerships and development finance;
(3) Data and results management and reporting; and
(4) Communications and advocacy.
The Office of the DSRSG/RC/HC in Iraq has currently five core staff members: RCO Team Leader and Strategic Planner, Partnership and Development Finance Officer, Communications and Advocacy Officer, M&E Officer, Executive Associate to the RC, all seeking to enhance UN coherence and improve overall programme impact to better achieve results.
The Resident Coordinator in Iraq
Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano assumed her responsibilities as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), and Resident Coordinator on 4 August 2020. Ms. Vojáčková-Sollorano of Germany also serves as Humanitarian Coordinator.
Ms. Vojáčková-Sollorano holds a Diploma in International Economic Relations from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, a Master’s Degree in History, Geography and International Law from the University of Vienna, and a Bachelor’s degree in History, Sociology, Geography and Political Science from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Ms. Vojáčková-Sollorano is proficient in English, German and Czech.