Fatma Samoura takes up position as new UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian CoordinatorFeb 2, 2016
Newly appointed Resident Representative for UNDP in Nigeria (who will also serve as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator) has taken up her position in Abuja. Before coming to Nigeria, Ms. Fatma Samoura, a Senegalese national, served as Resident Representative for UNDP Madagascar and as head of the UN System in the country from October 2010.
Ms. Samoura began her career in the UN 21 years ago when she joined the World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome, Italy.
Ms. Samoura has served in different capacities including as WFP Country Director in Guinea (2009-2010), Cameroun (2005-2007) and Djibouti (2000-2005). In addition to serving at the WFP headquarters in Rome, Ms . Samoura has covered numerous complex emergencies including in Kosovo, Liberia, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Côte d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone and East Timor. She once consecutively served as Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Eastern Chad (2007-2009) and Niger (2010).
Following her arrival at her new duty station, Abuja, Ms. Samoura has held a series of meetings with UNDP Nigeria Country Office staff and management as well as the UN Country Team. She used these opportunities to gain first-hand information from Staff and Heads of Agencies on how the UN is responding to and supporting the government of Nigeria in addressing the numerous challenges faced by Africa’s largest economy.
Ms. Samoura will continue engaging with all partners in the country in order to galvanise the much needed support for effective delivery of development solutions that will strengthen gains Nigeria has made in the recent past.