The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Author
Ms. Anurita Bains
UNICEF
Representative
Resident Coordinator a.i.
Ms. Anurita Bains joined UNICEF Lesotho in May 2019 as the Country Representative. Prior to this engagement Ms. Bains was the UNICEF Regional Advisor for HIV/AIDS covering Eastern and Southern Africa. During her tenure as Regional Advisor she provided leadership to country offices in the Eastern and Southern African region to ensure strategic and focused implementation and management of UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS programmes in countries most-affected by HIV. Ms. Baines brings in almost two decades of practical experience health programme design, implementation and management accompanied by senior advisory functions in HIV/AIDS and cross-sectoral programming, with particular expertise on women’s health and children’s rights.

Before joining UNICEF, Ms. Bains served as the Country Director for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Rwanda. She also served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria where she led efforts to mobilise $100-million for countries to support their efforts to scale up their PMTCT programmes. And contributed to the development and implementation the Global Fund’s Gender Strategy. Ms. Baines also worked in UNIADS Geneva as Programme Management Coordinator in the office of the Deputy Executive Director.

From 2002-2007, Ms. Bains supported the work of the Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.
She holds a Master's of Management from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and also graduated with Honours from the University of Toronto. Prior to her work in the region, Anurita was a print and TV journalist in Canada, where she was twice nominated for the National Magazine Awards. Currently she is a Board Trustee of the Graça Machel Trust.
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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 Lesotho is under the 2019-2023 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 Resident Coordinator a.i. in Lesotho

Ms. Anurita Bains joined UNICEF Lesotho in May 2019 as the Country Representative. Prior to this engagement Ms. Bains was the UNICEF Regional Advisor for HIV/AIDS covering Eastern and Southern Africa. During her tenure as Regional Advisor she provided leadership to country offices in the Eastern and Southern African region to ensure strategic and focused implementation and management of UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS programmes in countries most-affected by HIV. Ms. Baines brings in almost two decades of practical experience health programme design, implementation and management accompanied by senior advisory functions in HIV/AIDS and cross-sectoral programming, with particular expertise on women’s health and children’s rights.

Before joining UNICEF, Ms. Bains served as the Country Director for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Rwanda. She also served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria where she led efforts to mobilise $100-million for countries to support their efforts to scale up their PMTCT programmes. And contributed to the development and implementation the Global Fund’s Gender Strategy. Ms. Baines also worked in UNIADS Geneva as Programme Management Coordinator in the office of the Deputy Executive Director.

From 2002-2007, Ms. Bains supported the work of the Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. She holds a Master's of Management from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and also graduated with Honours from the University of Toronto. Prior to her work in the region, Anurita was a print and TV journalist in Canada, where she was twice nominated for the National Magazine Awards. Currently she is a Board Trustee of the Graça Machel Trust.