The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Author
Elena Panova
RCO
UN Resident Coordinator
More than 20 years of experience in the area of sustainable development in Europe and the CIS region with progressive leadership responsibilities. In-depth understanding of the UN system and excellent skills in partnership building. Strong expertise in programme management, cross-sector collaboration and resource mobilization, with specific experience in government and private sector financing. Elena worked as Senior Programme Coordinator for the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, Deputy Country Director in UNDP Ukraine and Programme Analyst in UNDP Bulgaria. Prior to joining UN, Elena was a business development consultant, working both for private industry and local government.
She holds Master’s degree in International Law and Foreign Trade from the University for National and World Economy and master’s degree in Microelectronics from the Technical Chemical University.
Elena Panova UN Resident Coordinator Turkmenistan

The United Nations Resident Coordinator Office supports the work of the UN Resident Coordinator. The UN Resident Coordinator leads the UN country team in consultations with the Government to define and agree on the UN strategic response to the Government’s development priorities. This response is captured in the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). 

The UNDAF is a medium term results framework that describes the collective vision and response of the UN system to national development priorities. The UNDAF describes how the UN country team will contribute to the achievement of development results based on a common country analysis and the UN comparative advantage. Currently, the UN framework of work for Turkmenistan is under the 2016-2020 UNDAF.

The office coordinates activities related to common programming including Agenda 2030, joint programmes, joint programming activities and development coordination work. This is done in conformity with the objectives and priorities of the Government, and the mandates and objectives of the United Nations agencies.

The UN Resident Coordinator Office has five core functions:

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Economics
  3. Partnerships and development finance
  4. Data and results management and reporting
  5. Communications and advocacy

The UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan

The UN Resident Coordinator for Turkmenistan is Elena Panova. 

Prior to becoming Resident Coordinator for Turkmenistan, Ms. Elena Panova worked as Senior Programme Coordinator for the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub. Previously she was the Deputy Country Director in UNDP Ukraine and worked as a Programme Analyst in UNDP Bulgaria.

Elena has expert knowledge of private sector development, having served as a Private Sector Engagement Specialist in the Private Sector Division of the Partnership Bureau from 2009-2010, and from 2006-2008 as Public-Private Partnership Officer in the United Nations Office in Ukraine. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Law and Foreign Trade from the University for National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria and a Master’s Degree in Microelectronics from the Technical Chemical University, Sofia, Bulgaria.