UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative (August 2014 - Present)
Prior to becoming UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania in August 2014, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez had already served in the UN since 1991 when he began his work with UNDP in Kenya. Over the course of his career with the UN he has held senior level positions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia where he was UNDP Country Director. Additionally, he has previously served as Policy Support Coordinator, Bureau of Development Policy at UNDP Headquarters in New York where he was responsible for the oversight of UNDP’s Global Programme. Mr. Rodriguez has expertise in capacity development, electoral assistance, crisis prevention, humanitarian response and recovery, risk management, environmental management as well as disaster risk reduction.
In his capacity as the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Rodriguez is the designated representative of the UN Secretary General and leader of United Nations Country Management Team which consists of Heads/Representatives of all 23 UN agencies operating in Tanzania. The Resident Coordinator’s Office provides strategic support to promote results on UN’s normative agenda, Delivering as One, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Since becoming the UN Resident Coordinator in 2014, Mr. Rodriguez has facilitated the review process of the One UN Tanzania Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP I 2011-16) and the formulation and launch of UNDAP II (2016-21) which focuses on national development priorities with special emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals. He has also initiated stronger interactions between the UN system and the many regions, districts and communities across Tanzania listening to people’s voices on development issues.
Mr. Rodriguez is originally from Chile but is a citizen of Canada. He has studied in Chile, Canada, India and Australia and holds degrees in several fields related to Development and Development Economics.