Ms. Mikiko Tanaka (Japan) is the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.
Prior to this appointment (2013-2016), Mikiko was UNDP’s Country Director in Yemen. From 2010-2013 she was Country Director in Timor-Leste and Deputy Country Director in Pakistan from 2007-2010. She served as Deputy Resident Representative in Benin from 2002-2007. Mikiko was assigned to New York with the Office of Human Resources as Coordinator, Leadership Development Programme from 2000-2002. She worked in China from 1999-2000 as UNV Programme Coordinator and Poverty Alleviation Advisor and was in Lao PDR as Assistant Resident Representative (1995-1999). Before joining UNDP, Mikiko worked with CARE International in Thailand as Project Coordinator (1994-1995).
Mikiko holds a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communication from International Christian University, Japan, a Master of Rural Development Management from Khon Kaen University, Thailand and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of London, England. She speaks French and English.
The Role of the Resident Coordinator
The UN Resident Coordinator (RC) leads the Resident Coordinator System at the country level and represents the UN Secretary General to the Government of the Co-operative of Guyana and the UN Country Team. The UN RC is the primary interlocutor for the UNCT with the Head of State and Government. The RC has an equal relationship with and responsibility to all UNCT members. As such, the RC advocates for the interests and mandates of the UN system while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family.
In Guyana, the RC is responsible for coordinating and providing leadership to the UN Country Team in strategy setting, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of development programmes at the country level, as outlined in the United Nations Multi-country Sustainable Development Framework (UN MSDF). The RC provides support to UN inter-agency work through:
- promoting UN common processes and joint programming
- providing support to the Secretariat of the UN Country Team and all coordination groups
- providing support to joint UN initiatives
- providing policy guidance and support
- providing leadership to both internal and external communications
- coordinating disaster and emergency preparedness and response and
- providing support to Non Resident UN agencies and departments of the UN Secretariat
- providing leadership on joint communications, information and advocacy efforts.
The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) supports the UN Resident Coordinator in her roles and functions. In Guyana, it provides inter-agency coordination support to the UN Country Team and its various sub-groups. The support includes strategic planning, programme and operations management, policy guidance, as well as knowledge management, advocacy and communications, all seeking to enhance UN coherence and improve overall programme impact to better achieve results.
The RCO is staffed with a Peace and Development Advisor, a UN Coordination Specialist, a UN Communications Analyst, and an Executive Associate to the RC’s Office.
The Resident Coordinator System was conceived by the UN General Assembly to enhance the effective and efficient functioning of the United Nations System at the country level. “The Resident Coordinator System is the main mechanism to coordinate the United Nation system’s operational activities for development, as well as emergency, recovery and transition in programme countries.”