About UNDP in South Sudan

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UNDP has been working in South Sudan for over 30 years.  With the formation of the independent Republic of South Sudan in July 2011, UNDP established a Country Office and has staff working in all ten states to help build government institutions. UNDP is committed to helping South Sudan achieve the Millennium Development Goals as well as the national objectives articulated in South Sudan’s first ever Development Plan, created in 2011. The goal of the organization is to help improve the lives of the poorest women and men.  UNDP South Sudan aims to do this by supporting the Government to manage public finances in an environment of respect for the rule of law, with an accountable government to deliver inclusive economic growth.

What do we want to accomplish?

For UNDP in South Sudan, a driving focus is the need to assist the central and state governments in developing and building sound governance structures. Over the last five years, we have worked with key government institutions at all levels, providing technical assistance, mentoring and direct financial support. More >

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Coordinator, who is the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, heads the UN Country Team in South Sudan and is the Resident Representative for UNDP in South Sudan. The UN Country Team meets weekly to share information and co-ordinate activities. 

A number of joint programmes are currently underway between UNDP and other UN Agencies, including Creating Employment for Youth in Sudan (UNDP and ILO); the MDG Joint Programme on Conflict Prevention and Peace Building (UNDP with FAO, ILO, IOM, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIFEM, WHO); and the Sudan Recovery Fund - Southern Sudan (UNDP with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Support Office and UNOPS).

UNDP is currently managed by a Head of Office who is responsible for the day-to-day work of UNDP South Sudan. He is assisted by two Deputies, one each for Programme and Operations.

UNDP in South Sudan works closely with the Government through its Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant Ministries. Implementation of the programme activities are being carried out by Implementing Partners, i.e. Government Ministries, State Governments, District Authorities, NGOs, and UN agencies including UNDP as appropriate.

UNDP staff in South Sudan


Our staff come from many different countries and from a diverse range of professional backgrounds.  UNDP South Sudan currently employs:

  •  258 staff including fixed term appointments and Service Contract Holders
  • 220 national staff (11 National Officers(FTA), 30 General Service Staff(FTA) and 179 Service Contract Holders)
  • 38 international staff (FTA)
  • 39 international UNVs
Contact UNDP in South Sudan
Inquiries +211 955 314 795
UNDP South Sudan Annual Report 2013

This Annual Report highlights the key achievements of UNDP South Sudan in the year 2013 and also touches upon the violent conflict that erupted in mid-December 2013 after which UNDP developed a crisis response programme focused on peace and reconciliation, early recovery and governance.

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