About UNDP in the Pacific

UNDP strives to support the Pacific by coordinating United Nations activities at country level and through direct policy advice in the following areas: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) acceleration, resilience and sustainable development, inclusive growth and poverty reduction; effective governance; gender equality; and environmental management, climate change and disaster risk management.

In the Pacific, UNDP has an office in Fiji (including an office in the Solomon Islands), Samoa and Papua New Guinea. The UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji covers 10 countries including: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands (sub office), Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu; the Samoa Office covers the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau, and Papua New Guinea has its own office. Through the Joint Presence initiative, UNDP has a presence in Kiribati, Palau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

What do we want to accomplish?

Through the Sub-regional Programme Document for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories, 2013-2017, UNDP will seek to reinforce programme impact in the Pacific sub-region by strengthening linkages between country, regional and global support through joint internal annual work planning and review processes in the Pacific Office in Fiji and Samoa Multi-Country Office.

UNDP will work with Pacific Island Countries and Territories to maintain and build on progress towards the SDGs – focusing particularly on those less likely to be realized – while accelerating action to meet other internationally agreed development goals. Beyond 2015, UNDP will help the countries and territories build on outcomes of the United Nations Convention on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and address emerging trends such as the ‘youth bulge’ and sustainable use of oceanic and other resources. Programmes will target the most vulnerable – women and the young – through inclusive and pro-poor approaches that recognize the rights and responsibilities of the rights-holders and duty bearers, and by leveraging the cross-practice and multi-disciplinary expertise of UNDP.

What are our results?

UNDP is committed to the Pacific Island countries it serves and its people. The following examples provide a snapshot of recent achievements.

Poverty Reduction
With UNDP’s assistance, all 10 Pacific Island countries have produced a national Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report. Fiji, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu have also mainstreamed the MDGs into national policies. Fiji, Tonga and Tuvalu have also improved and strengthened data systems and Tuvalu has included monitoring of vulnerable groups at the community level while the Solomon Islands has established a Development Assistance Database for improved information collection, tracking, analysis and planning services for development funds.

Through UNDP’s policy work in Vanuatu, a National Trade Policy was established to target the development of rural communities and their integration into regional and global trade. The Solomon Islands has also made progress through a Trade Integration Study and Action Matrix for trade-related policy reforms and in Kiribati, the results of a Trade Integration Study were presented for Parliamentary debates. Nauru has seen the emergence of private sector partnerships through a new micro-credit facility and the provision of entrepreneurial courses to 16 small business enterprises, 14 of which are owned by women.

Gender Equality
Nauru has seen the emergence of private sector partnerships through a new micro-credit facility and the provision of entrepreneurial courses to 16 small business enterprises, 14 of which are owned by women. After 2012 floods in West Division of Fiji, the UNDP Cash for Work programme assisted 1269 workers, of which 74% were women. 168 participants (68% women) received agriculture training, while 177 participants (84% women) received financial literacy training. After the programme, 24 women started small scale enterprises.

Democratic Governance
UNDP supported the Solomon Islands elections through technical assistance and coordinated a deployment of international observers; strengthening the capacity of the Parliament’s Secretariat to serve committee hearings through improved library services and establishment of a legislative databases. In Nauru, UNDP supported its Constitutional Review Committee with 67% of the population educated on civic responsibilities and the constitutional reform. And in Fiji, UNDP trained 13% of the adult population on human and civic rights, with emphasis on women, youth and people with special needs. Training of 400 community leaders in rural and peri-urban areas contributed to increased awareness of leaders’ and citizens’ roles in a democracy.

UNDP engaged in extensive capacity building of sub-national authorities, through training, awareness raising and technical assistance, which contributed to the establishment of the Provincial Capacity Development Fund supported by a long-term policy development on decentralization in the Solomon Islands. As a result, efficiency of public expenditure management systems has improved and became more transparent and results-oriented. In Tuvalu, Island Kaupules (councils) are better able to manage community resources after community leaders were trained on linkages between community planning and budgeting.

Energy and, Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management
In disaster risk reduction, national governance systems were strengthened in the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga. UNDP support the National Disaster Management Office in the Solomon Islands to better coordinate early recovery efforts and donor response to extensive floods. After flooding and cyclones in Fiji in 2012in 2009-2010 and the tsunami that hit Tonga in 2009, UNDP identified essential capacity development priorities for building back better and pioneered the cash for work programme with the affected Tonga and Fiji communities.

Environmental sustainability has been effectively mainstreamed in the governance systems of Tonga due to the preparation and implementation of strategic policy instruments. This resulted in the launch of a Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management, and adoption of the National Biodiversity Action Plan, Sustainable Land Management Action Plan and National Capacity Self-Assessment Plan. Palau also completed its National Capacity Self-Assessment Action Plan while also adopting the National Energy and Policy Action Plan and the Renewable Energy Funding Window (the latter two policy measures were supported by UNDP).

With UNDP’s support, Pacific Island countries are making strong progress in improving effective and sustainable management of environmental and natural resources. In Fiji, there has been a substantial increase in ratio of the area protected for biological diversity (marine and terrestrial) to surface area and community-based marine protected areas in FSM, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Tuvalu.

Who are the decision makers?

Ms Osnat Lubrani
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative

Mr Bakhodir Burkhanov

UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Country Director & Head of Regional Policy and Programmes

Ms Azusa Kubota

UNDP Country Manager and UN Joint Presence Office Manager, Solomon Islands

Ms Elena Wakolo

UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Team Leader for Joint Operations Center

Ms Asenaca Ravuvu

UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Team Leader for Integrated Results Management Unit

Mr Patrick Tuimalealiifano
UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji (Acting) Team Leader for Inclusive Growth

Mr Dyfan Jones
UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Team Leader for Effective Governance

Mr Kevin Petrini
UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Team Leader for Resilience and Sustainable Development

The Resident Representative for UNDP also serves as the Resident Coordinator for the United Nations system in the 10 Pacific Island countries.

There are two Country Directors – Ms Azusa Kubota who oversees the Solomon Islands and Mr Bakhodir Burkhanov who oversees the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. There are two Assistant Representatives for Programmes and Operations.

The UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji is responsible for the merged functions for UNDP country programming in the ten countries, which was covered by the Fiji-based Multi-Country Office, and regional programming and provision of technical advisory services by the Pacific Centre to the 15 Pacific countries, including those covered by the Samoa based Multi-Country office and the PNG Country Office. The UNDP Solomon Islands Office, now headed by a Country Manager, remains the same with stronger technical and operational connections with the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji.

The UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji has three revitalized clusters: Resilience and Sustainable Development, Effective Governance and Inclusive Growth. The new clusters comprise both regional and country programme portfolios, to promote linkages and improve programme coherence. The Integrated Results Management Team strengthens the Monitoring and Evaluation, Programme Quality Assurance and Communications. The Joint Operations Centre provides business support to not only UNDP but also to some UN agencies in and outside the Pacific, accelerating effectiveness and efficiency of services by maximising the economy of scale.

Our Staff

Office Service Contract UNDP Staff UN Volunteer Total
Pacific Office in Fiji 24 88 9 121
Solomon Islands 34 16 4 54
Total 175


Our Consultants

2017 consultants who have received more than US$30,000 or more.

  Consultant - Job Title Project Title Amount USD Duration
1 Policy Specialist Tonga Ridge to Reef Project $38,580 04/02/16 - 04/02/17
2   ABS Fiji Project $35,000 09/03/16 - 20/01/17
3   Nauru Ridge to Reef Project $41,900 01/04/16 -
4 Vulnerability Assessment
Community Adaptation Planning $30,000 25/04/16 -
5 Monitoring and Evaluation
Global Fund Programme $48,009.95 15/06/16 -
6 International Trade Advisory   $129,216 01/06/16 -
7 Fisheries Legal Expert Nauru Ridge to Reef Project $51,050 20/06/16 -
8 Agro Forestry Management Planning Specialist   $57,000 11/08/16 -
9 Strengthening Performance
Data and Consumer
Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme $78,750 22/08/16 -
10 Lead DFS Design Consultant Pacific Financial Inclusion
$100,000 28/09/16 -

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