About UNDP in Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau

The Apia based UNDP office which was officially set up on 1st July 1979 covers four Pacific Island Countries in the South Pacific Polynesian sub-region. The UNDP Multi-Country Office aims to “make a difference in Pacific people’s lives” by supporting countries to accelerate progress on human development.
The MCO works closely with the four Governments and Non Government Organisations on development programmes in the areas of:

 - Democratic Governance
 - Poverty Reduction
 - Crisis Prevention and Recovery
 - Environment and Energy
 - Women's Empowerment

What do we want to accomplish?

Pacific peoples living in prosperous, secure and peaceful communities empowered to create sustainable livelihoods while embracing the uniqueness of their cultures and natural environments in a changing world.

The UNDP Multi-Country Office in Samoa supports the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa andTokelau and the greater Pacific community to achieve their national development priorities, including the Millennium Development Goals. Drawing on partnerships, global networks and local knowledge, we work with our partner states towards poverty reduction, good governance, human rights and environmental sustainability while building the resilience of communities to the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.

Under the ONE UN mandate, we will work to enhance national capacities to deliver programmes in south-south cooperation; capacity development; climate change and disaster risk reduction; MDGs through sports, volunteerism, Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D); and community-based development and planning.

Who are the decision makers?

The key decision makers in the UNDP Multi Country Office in Samoa are:

Ms. Lizbeth Cullity, Resident Representative
Mr. Notonegoro, Deputy Resident Representative 
Ms. Moana Luamanuvae, Assistant Resident Representative – Operations
Ms. Georgina Bonin, Assistant Resident Representative - Programmes

The Resident Representative is the most senior official for the MCO and also serves as the Resident Coordinator for the entire United Nations system in the country. The Resident Representative is ultimately accountable for the quality and sustainability of UNDP interventions in the four programming countries under the purview of the MCO and for also ensuring that the MCO is in full compliance with UNDP policies and procedures.

The UNDP MCO works in partnership with the four Governments (Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau), non-Government organizations, civil society and the private sector, as well as international development partners and other United Nations agencies. Within each of the four programme countries, the Government has designated the line Ministry dealing with aid coordination as the Government Coordinating Agency ensuring that UNDP provides the most relevant support to their Governments.

About 90 percent of its project portfolio is implemented by Government line ministries. The overarching aim of UNDP is to “make a difference in Pacific People’s lives” by supporting the progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in all four programme countries.Through these partnerships and the successful implementation of programmes, the Governments of Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau and their citizens have benefited.

How many are we?

 staffUNDP Samoa Staff with UNDP Administrator, Ms Helen Clark in Apia, September 2014. Photo credit: Abril Esquivel.

The Samoa Multi-Country Office is an equal opportunity employer.  Listed below are the number of staff inclusive of international and national employees.

Current Staff Count for Samoa

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 12
UN Volunteers 8
UNDP Staff 20
Total 40

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