The Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level.
Coordinating development operations promotes more strategic support for national plans and priorities, makes operations more efficient and reduces transaction costs for governments. This helps the UN to be a more relevant and reliable partner for governments.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the United Nations system is represented by Ms. Marina Walter, she is the UN Resident Coordinator for Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Marteen.
Ms Marina Walter commenced her appointment as the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday 22 November 2018.
Prior to this appointment, Marina was the Country Director a.i. and Deputy Country Director of UNDP in India since 2015. Prior to joining UNDP India, Ms. Walter was the Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP Thailand from 2013 to 2015. This followed an assignment at UNDP Headquarters from 2007 to 2013 as the Coordinator of the UNDP Emergency Response (SURGE) Mechanism and co-author of UNDP’s Standard Operating Procedures for immediate crisis response.
Ahead of that, Ms. Walter spent two years with UNDP Afghanistan as a Project Manager from 2005 to 2007 working Reform and Leadership Development of the Afghan Civil Service.
She also worked as a Capacity Building Coordinator for crisis and recovery issues for UNDP’s former Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery from 2001 to 2005.
Before joining UNDP, Ms. Walter spent five years with the UN Training and Research Institute (UNITAR) from 1996 to 2001 developing and delivering capacity development initiatives for UN Member States in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to strengthen the public administration structures in developing and transition countries.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Walter worked for the German Foundation for International Development and the German Foreign Office Academy, and was also a freelance journalist in Berlin, Germany.
Ms. Walter holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Politics from Vanderbilt University in the United States and a Diploma/Master degree in International Politics, Economics and Law from the Otto-Suhr Institute of the Freie Univesitaet Berlin, Germany.