UN Resident Coordinator System
Funded and managed by the United Nations Development Programme, Resident Coordinators lead UN country teams in more than 130 countries and advocate the interests and mandates of the UN drawing on the guidance and expertise of the entire UN family.
The UN Resident Coordinator system ensures that all the agencies in the country work together to provide development assistance with efficiency and effectiveness. The UN Resident Coordinator leads a unified, coherent response to national development priorities, which includes the coordination of operational development activities. The UN Resident Coordinator system also supports the Government in coordinating external assistance in support of national priorities and strategies. In order to achieve greater impact in reducing poverty and improving people`s lives, the UN Resident Coordinator draws on the expertise and comparative advantages of the various resident and non-resident UN Agencies.
Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun is the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Albania.
Before arriving in Albania, Ms.Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun served as United Nations Fund for Women, UNIFEM (now part of UN Women) Representative in Morocco and Regional Programme Director for UNIFEM’s North Africa division. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Touimi-Benjelloun was Programme Coordinator for UNIFEM’s North Africa Division. She has served as UNIFEM Gender Advisor for Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and before that, as National Programme Officer and Assistant Resident Representative for United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA).
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Harvard University. She also holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs with a specialisation in economic and political development from Columbia University.