The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) exists in 136 countries, covering all of the 180 countries where there are United Nations Programs. The UNCT in Namibia encompasses all the entities of the UN system that carry out operational activities for development, emergency, recovery and transition in program countries. The UNCT ensures inter-agency coordination and decision-making at the respective country level.The main purpose of the Country Team in Namibia is for individual agencies to plan and work together, as part of the Resident Coordinator system, to ensure the delivery of tangible results in support of the development agenda of the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN).The UNCT membership, roles and responsibilities must also be laid out clearly within the country team. These will include accountability to each other and the Resident Coordinator, taking responsibility for elements of the RC/UNCT work plan, particularly in oversight of subsidiary groups.In collaboration with the GRN, the UNCT seeks to focus upon supporting the development of capacities of national institutions; fostering multidisciplinary approaches to development; strengthening knowledge generation and management; promoting standards, norms and accountability mechanisms and providing high quality technical expertise and policy advice. In this regard, the GRN and the UNCT are fully committed to strengthening partnerships and expanding cooperation with other partners,
including civil society organizations, as they work towards the realization of the development objectives of the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) and vision 2030.The UNCT in Namibia is led by the Resident Coordinator, Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho, who is the designated representative of the UN Secretary General. All UNCT members are expected to comply with the UN Charter and Standards of Conduct of the International Civil Service and indeed as leaders, UNCT members in Namibia are expected to exemplify the highest degree of compliance possible. This includes an expected set of personal qualities such as inclusiveness, integrity and ethics, respect and trust, respect for diversity, non-discrimination, freedom from harassment, promotion and protection of human rights, and creativity as well as business process standards such as teamwork, transparency and accountability, participatory management, open communications, timely dissemination of information, quality performance and oversight, and results orientation for the UNCT.All UNCT members have direct-line accountability to their own organization, as well as collegial accountability to the RC and the rest of the UNCT for producing results under the UNPAF, recognizing that a well-functioning country team allows each organization to be more effective unanimously than acting alone.
On Thursday, 8 February, the UN Country Team (UNCT) congratulated Namibia's Bience Gawanas on her recent appointment by UN Secretary-General António Guterres as Special Adviser on Africa. Gawanas and the UNCT also discussed development priorities in Namibia and Africa.