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Biography of Mr.

Alvaro Rodriguez
Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez assumed the post of UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident
Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania on 26 August 2014.
Career highlights
Mr. Rodriguez has had a long career with the UN system starting his work with UNDP in
Africa in 1991. During the last ten years he has held senior assignments in UNDP
headquarters, Pakistan, Somalia and Afghanistan, and has developed strong expertise in
capacity development, electoral assistance, crisis prevention and recovery, risk management, environment and
disaster management and humanitarian issues.
In his previous capacity as a Senior Country Director in Afghanistan, he was responsible for programmatic and
operational activities in UNDPs largest programme in the world. This included support for One UN initiatives,
including support for the new UNDAF, the recent elections process and extensive collaboration with UNAMA, the
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. He repositioned UNDP through a major change management process to
enhance oversight, risk management and to address conflict sensitivity in UNDP programming. He was actively
engaged in the US$ 500 million a year Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan.
Prior to his posting in Afghanistan, Mr. Rodriguez served as Country Director, UNDP Somalia. On behalf of the UN
Country Team, he led the formulation and implementation of one of the three pillars of the UN Somalia Assistance
Strategy, dealing with governance and human security and was an active player in the Humanitarian Country team
during the famine in 2011. While in the Somalia programme he initiated a process of strengthening UNDPs in-
country presence in Somalia and in particular in Mogadishu. This included repositioning UNDP activities in the
Integrated Strategic Framework with UNPOS, the UN Political Office for Somalia and establishing of the Joint
Constitution Unit. He was also instrumental in the surge of UNDP activities in Mogadishu.
Between 2007 and 2009, Mr. Rodriguez served as UNDP Pakistans Country Director. Under the UN pilot Delivering
as One, he co-chaired two UN Thematic Working Groups on Environment and Disaster Management. He also set
up the Administrative Agent functions of the One Fund within UNDP and facilitated operations through a gradual
worsening of the security situation, collaborating with Security Management Team and UN Department of Safety
and Security, launching the Security Team in UNDP.

Before beginning his term as Country Director, Mr. Rodriguez served as Policy Support Coordinator, Bureau of
Development Policy in New York, between 2003 and 2007. There, he promoted knowledge management activities
with the global UN system globally and oversaw UNDPs Global Programme. Between 2000 and 2003, he served as
Chief Bangkok Sub-regional Resource Facility where he facilitated over 500 advisory missions on key development
priorities in Asia and the Pacific.

Prior to joining the UN, Mr Alvaro was a consultant at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa

Education and personal background
Mr. Rodriguez is originally from Chile, but a national of Canada. He holds degrees in several fields related to
development and development economics and carried out PhD course work in Australia. His mother tongues are
English and Spanish. He is married to Fainula Kurji and has two children, Khalil and Sameer.