New UNDP Resident Representative resumes duty

Golfa Francis, Abuja

The 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.

She 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.

She 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).

Arriving at her new duty station, Abuja, Ms. Samoura held a series of meetings with UNDP Nigeria Country Office staff and management and the UN Country Team using the opportunities to gain first-hand information from Staff on the response of UN on supporting the Nigerian government in addressing its challenges.