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United Nations Desa Capacity Development Office

The Capacity Development Office

The CDO supports DESA’s substantive divisions in the implementation of the Department’s capacity development approach and promotes coherence as well as integrated delivery of the Department’s capacity development activities. While DESA’s divisions are responsible for the design and implementation of projects and activities, CDO facilitates the overall coordination, develops guidance and provides quality assurance for DESA’s operational activities for development.

CDO supports the Under-Secretary-General of DESA in the management of DESA’s operational activities for development, including those supported by the Development Account (DA), the Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation (RPTC), as well as extra-budgetary projects. The Capacity Development Office develops strategic guidance for the judicious use of these resources, assists in the development of project and programme proposals, and supports monitoring and evaluation.

Under delegated authority from the Controller, CDO provides all budgetary and financial management in relation to the Department’s operational activities for development.  Under delegated authority from the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), CDO provides human resources management functions related to the recruitment and administration of project personnel (advisers, experts, consultants and local staff), and supports the delivery of the Department’s training activities such as fellowships, study-tours, seminars, workshops and conferences. CDO also manages the United Nations Associate Experts Programme and Fellowship Programmes.

CDO also provides administrative and management support to capacity development programmes outside of DESA, such as the Untied Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT), drawing on its proven experience in administering capacity development programmes.

CDO supports the Department's participation in the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and serves as the Departmental focal point for Non-Resident Agency (NRA) issues for a more effective engagement of DESA with UN Resident Coordinators and country teams.


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