The UN Resident Coordinator Office

RCO Team
Caption: Members of the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office pose after the launch of RCO2.0
Photo: © Sibusiso Mngadi | UNRCO

The Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) supports the work of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) who leads the United Nations Country Team (UNCT).


The RCO plays a central role at the country level in coordinating UN operational activities for development. It ensures the alignment of the UN assistance with national development priorities, plans and capacity building in the context of internationally agreed treaty obligations and sustainable development goals. It also works to position the UN system at the centre of development efforts and international cooperation in the country.

The RCO manages and facilitates the development of the overall UN support to the country through the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF). The latter guides the UN and the Government’s engagement in enhancing the economic and social development of the people of Eswatini. It has three priorities: poverty and inequality reduction, inclusive growth and sustainable development; equitable and efficient delivery and access to social services; and good governance and accountability.

In addition to the UNCT, inter-agency working groups have also been established to strengthen collaboration and improve efficiency and continue the success of the “Delivering as One” modality.

All members of the UN Country Team are accountable to their respective organisations, as well as to the Resident Coordinator for delivering development results outlined in the UNSDCF.

The UN Resident Coordinator in the Kingdom of Eswatini

The Resident Coordinator for the Kingdom of Eswatini is Mr. George Wachira.

Mr. George Wachira of Kenya brings more than 30 years of experience at the interface of development, governance, conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Since joining the UN in 2011, he served as the UN Peace and Development Advisor in Guyana, Lesotho and lately in Eritrea where he led UN conflict prevention, strategic political analysis, peacebuilding, electoral support, political dialogue, human rights, national reforms and capacity building programmes. He also served as Head of the Governance and Peacebuilding Unit of UNDP in Lesotho.

Prior to joining the UN System, he worked for 20 years in various capacities, including as executive director, for Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa, a pioneering peacebuilding organisation from where he helped shape peacebuilding practice in eastern, central and western African countries. 

Mr. Wachira obtained his master’s degree in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame in the USA and a bachelor’s degree in government and anthropology from the University of Nairobi in Kenya.  

Meet the team! 

  Mr. George Wachira UN Resident Coordinator
  Mr. Benjamin Ofosu-Koranteng RCO Strategic Planner / Team Leader
  Ms. Laila Nazarali Senior Human Rights Adviser
  Mr. Ferdinand Von Habsburg-Lothringen Senior Policy Adviser
  Dr. Hloniphile Simelane Policy Analyst
  Ms. Lesedi Lesolle Executive Associate
  Ms. Mpho Johnston Administrative Assistant
  Mr. Mphucuko Mamba Development Coordination Officer, Economist
  Dr. Bongani R. Dlamini Development Coordination Officer, Partnerships and Finance 
  Ms. Zandile Simelane Development Coordination Officer, Data Management and Results
  Mr. Sibusiso Mngadi Development Coordination Officer - Programme Communications and Advocacy
  Mr. Sipho Shongwe Driver to the RC
  Mr. Thoba Harry Dlamini Comms Intern - Creatives and Graphics

Ms. Zanele Gladys Ngomane

Economist Intern 
  Ms. Thobeka Primrose Dlamini Procurement and Admin Intern
  Mr.  Alejandro Cantarero Delgado OHCHR IUNV





george wachira

George Wachira

UN Resident Coordinator in the Kingdom of Eswatini