The Resident Coordinator (RC) represents the United Nations System on issues of common concern. In this capacity, she helps to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level. She is the designated Representative of the Secretary General for development operations in the country and works closely with Resident Representatives as well as the national government.

The specific duties and responsibilities of the Resident Coordinator include advocacy for the United Nations System, operational and management coordination and the coordination of Humanitarian and Emergency Assistance.