On 1 January 2019 a reinvigorated RC system was rolled out, embodying the vision of the UN General Assembly to create a dedicated, independent, impartial and empowered development coordination function. Success is to be measured by improved, integrated policy advice, increased programmatic results, more efficient and agile operations, and greater transparency and accountability, inspiring a renewed commitment to multilateralism in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ultimately, the measure of success will be the impact for people, planet and prosperity.

Through a six-month journey, the RCO Learning Path facilitates an in-depth exploration of emerging sustainable development issues, reinforcing professional competencies and building on the power of collaboration, coordination , co-creation and communication as core abilities of the new skillset to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

Participants will not only expand their knowledge, exchange best practices, and gain substantive insights on how to collaborate, co-create, coordinate and communicate more effectively. They will also follow a journey of virtual networking with other RCOS before meeting face to face, as the programme will conclude with a residential workshop in Bonn during fall 2021 (COVID-19 allowing). 

In summary, this programme explores opportunities to acquire the latest information related to RCO daily assignments, enables participants to meet new colleagues and experts, and builds competences to boost the RC system and the effectiveness of the UN development system as a whole. 



After completing this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the vision and principles underlying the 2030 Agenda to increase programmatic results, more efficient and agile operations, and greater United Nations transparency and accountability at national level.
  2. Acquire the ability to deliver on the 2030 Agenda as part of a reinforced Resident Coordinator office and an independent, impartial and empowered Resident Coordinator system.
  3. Be equipped with knowledge of the specific tools, mechanisms and approaches that can be employed to develop and deliver on an effective United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

UNSSC courses are designed to deliver maximum learning outcomes through carefully chosen high-quality learning materials. This course combines self-paced study modules with applied learning components, such as case studies, interactive exercises, collaborative group work, synchronous webinars, and a residential component tailored to the needs of RCO staff,

An expert facilitator guides and assists participants throughout the online component of the course, and provides real-time feedback on activities and exercises. Our user-friendly social online learning platform provides participants with the opportunity to connect with peers from diverse organizational backgrounds, fostering peer-to-peer learning.

Participants will benefit from live moderated webinars which feature inputs from renowned subject-matter experts and allow real-time dialogue with high-level speakers. Webinar recordings are made available to ensure that participants have a flexible and seamless learning experience.

Ultimately, the face-to-face component will strengthen the power of collaboration, coordination, co-creation and communication as core abilities of the new skillset to deliver on 2030 Agenda. Participants will apply their learning through experiential methodologies such as case studies, team discussions, and dialogues with UN senior staff and other speakers,

Average learning time per week is 2.5 hours including study time (depending on the week).  

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

High-impact modules :

  1. Emerging Sustainable Development issues: Transformative Pathways, beyond COVID- 19 recovery, climate emergency, circular economy, social protection, SDG financing and inequalities
  2. Cross-cutting functional competencies: systems thinking, partnerships, managing sustainable development results, and policy coherence for sustainable development
  3. Residential Workshop: Face-to- face workshop. The power of 4 C's : coordination, collaboration, communication and co-creation

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

RCO staff at professional level covering at least one of the five core functions :

  1. Strategic planner
  2. Economics
  3. Partnerships and development finance
  4. Data and results management, and reporting
  5. Communications and Advocacy

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of $1000 covers the following:

  1. Six-month online learning path with self-paced customized content designed to respond to the needs and challenges of RCO staff, including :
    • 3-months' post-course access to course materials (including exclusive video material and key readings), recording of webinars and speakers’ presentations.
      • Participation in live webinars with renowned subject matter experts.
      • Exclusive access to the UNSSC online social learning environment with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues.
    • All course materials, resources and contacts
  2. Four days of residential workshop (location TBC) skills training with a balance of presentations, group work on case studies, and individual skills and reflection exercises.

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