About UNDP in Liberia

 UNDP Country Director Pa Lamin Beyai meets with the Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms James Fromayan

UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help empower people and build resilient nations. UNDP has been working in Liberia since 1977 in peace and in crisis times. UNDP is committed to helping Liberia achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) as well as the country’s national development priorities set out in the National Vision 2030 - Liberia Rising and the Government’s second Poverty Reduction Strategy document – The Agenda for Transformation (2013-2017)

UNDP is currently providing technical assistance within the framework of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2013-2017 which is fully aligned with Liberia’s mid and long term development strategies. The Agenda for Transformation outlines the specific goals that Liberia aims to achieve in the next five years and forms the foundation for longer-term development. Long-term goals are articulated in the LIBERIA RISING: VISION 2030, which takes a broad view of economic, political, social and human development over an 18-year timeframe (2012-2030). It aims to transform Liberia into a middle income country by 2030.

The end result of this transformation would be a country that is characterized by peaceful and inclusive politics and diversified economy, stable institutions, enforces the laws fairly, land tenure problems have been resolved, natural resources are efficiently managed and health and education standards have reached those of other middle income countries.

What do we want to accomplish?

The ultimate goal of UNDP is to improve the lives of the people of Liberia, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and to ensure a future of equality, dignity and opportunity for all. UNDP works in partnership with the Government of Liberia, development partners, UN agencies, civil society and local communities to help identify local solutions to meet global and national development challenges through a range of interventions that combine UNDP’s expertise and comparative advantage in the areas of Inclusive Governance, Sustainable Economic Transformation (or Poverty Reduction) and Energy and Environment.

Under the UN Development Assistance Framework – UNDAF (2013-2017), the UN Family in Liberia seeks to: i) maintain peace, security and rule of law, ii) promote Sustainable Economic Transformation iii) advance human development iv) and enhance inclusive governance and institutions. (Read More link to UNDAF and CPD documents)

What are our results?

 The Emergency Support to National Response to Ebola under the Enhanced Border Surveillance Project distributed several items to border units across the country.

UNDP Response to the Ebola Crisis

UNDP’s overall goal in the EVD Response which hit Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in 2014 was and continues to be driven by the need to stop the infection, build resilience and strengthen capacities at the national and community levels, and in ensuring early recovery and improved livelihoods for EVD affected communities and households.

In all this, care was taken to ensure strict adherence to the guiding principles of programme criticality ensuring that programme activities undertaken were balanced against risks. As a result of this, UNDP Liberia re-programmed some $1.5 million from TRAC to kick-start its support to the government on the national EVD response. For other non-core resources (secured mostly through specific cost-sharing agreements with donors), formal notifications were made pointing to the delivery challenge, the programme criticality exercise and exploration of possible re-programming of funds to support the EVD response. Among those who responded positively was Sweden who offered to have its balance of $1.8m re-programmed subject to projects proposals which they invited.  

UNDP adopted a two-pronged approach in its response: emergency response, building into early recovery and restoration of livelihoods especially at the community level. The former has been running between September through to December 2014, while the latter has run side-by-side through the design of safety nets programme seeking to provide protection to the most vulnerable groups via provision of social safety nets to mitigate the negative impact on the economy and restore livelihoods, along with increased community engagement in containment strategies and localized quarantines. By so doing, UNDP has been able to position itself in the response, drawing from its comparative advantage, and working through and with a variety of partners, national and international, engaged in the EVD response.

As part of the emergency response, UNDP started off by providing support to strengthen community engagement and building the capacity of local level actors to respond faster to crisis and put in place early recovery actions in its aftermath. It works with and through County Ebola Task Forces/Incident Management Teams focusing on, among other priorities, improving existing Ebola isolation centres; in boosting public information and sensitization campaigns; in forging partnerships with opinion leaders, including traditional and religious leaders, as well as in improving tracking of Ebola cases and tracing people who have had contact with those diagnosed with the virus. At the strategic and policy level, UNDP is working with the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Health and Social Welfare in providing this support. Owing to the nature of the epidemic in Montseraddo, a special attention is being paid with specific focus on the EVD hot-spots.

UNDP has also led the Early Recovery Cluster, a partner platform that has been instrumental in articulating measures intended tobring about early economic revitalization, creating improved conditions to restore the foundations for local development. The activation of this Cluster co-chaired by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning helped to recast the health response, framing it as an integrated, inclusive, and coordinated approach to faster reach longer term re-development, using emergency mechanisms in accordance with development principles.

Within the UN, UNDP provided support to the RC and the UNCT in establishing a coordinated platform to ensure coherence and consistency between UN Agencies, including UNMIL, with Government institutions, NGOs, international military contingents and with the UN Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER). Within the UNMEER structure, UNDP was assigned the responsibility of designing a system to execute payments to health workers ensuring harmonization of rates and partner coordination.

Governance & Pubilc Institutions(GPI)

This programme takes a broad view of governance to constitute the mechanisms, processes, relations, and institutions through which citizens and groups speak about their interests, exercise their rights, mediate their differences and build consensus on shared interests. It assists the government and citizens realize their development aspirations through state institutions that work; a civil service that pays a decent wage; a justice system that operates independently; a Legislature that makes laws and controls executive power, and a free media that gives citizens information that empowers them, among others. Specifically, the Programme focuses on four linked elements that reinforce the basic foundations of governance while targeting a substantially expanded role for women in each area of engagement, in particular their participation in positions of authority and decision-making at the national and local levels. These include:

(a) continued development of capabilities (knowledge, skills, systems, procedures, targeted actions) for managing the electoral cycle, with emphasis on elections management, civic and voter education, gender equality, participation of women and youth, prevention of violence and monitoring of electoral processes;

(b) implementation of the Legislature’s Modernization Plan aimed at improving core functions of oversight and outreach, based on effective internal structures, systems, skills and resources;

(c) Supporting the transparent and accountable management of public resources, specifically, by facilitating the implementation of the  national anti-corruption policy and strategy; by  empowering the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and the General Auditing Commission GAC support to the development of the media, women’s groups and other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to perform a “watchdog” role, focusing on their ability to design, fund and manage monitoring and analytic work and advocacy and social mobilization initiatives are part of UNDP’s support and

(d) Assisting in the preparation of an implementation road map for the Decentralization Policy and its progressive roll-out across the country to develop basic functions of consultation, planning, budgeting, monitoring and feedback.

Sustainable Economic Transformation

The SET Programme  tackles some of the structural factors impeding productive employment of a rapidly growing and young population; and anticipating the ‘next generation’ of development challenges connected to expanding extractive industries, especially with regard to effective planning, sustainability of resource use and prudent management of revenues. This SET Programme ensures a strategic fit between the AfT – UNDAF and the UNDP Country Programme document.

It also promotes a mix of upstream policy and regulatory interventions, and downstream catalytic and transformational interventions intended to bring about an inclusive and sustainable growth with the private sector in the center stage. It also ensures the promotion of sustainable development through the effective management of the extractive industry. At UNDP, SET houses programmes namely; Private Sector development and Natural Resources Management (PSD/NRM); Mainstreaming Energy and Environment.

Who are the decision makers?

UNDP works in close collaboration with the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) and other key Ministries, Commissions and Agencies. The implementation of UNDP programme activities are carried out by Implementing Partners as appropriate, including national and local Government partners and civil society actors.

The UNDP Resident Representative also serves as the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Liberia and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Consolidated Democratic Governance of the United Nations Mission in Liberia. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and International development aid resources to Liberia. 

Our staff come from many different countries and represent a diverse range of professional and cultural backgrounds. UNDP Liberia is managed by a Country Director who is responsible for ensuring the effective day-to-day management of UNDP Country Office and assumes overall responsibility for the UNDP programme and operations to ensure coherence and strategic direction of UNDP activities. The Country Director is supported by two Deputies, one for Program and one for Operations, as well as a team of Advisors, Managers and Specialists.


Leadership and Management Team

1. Yacoub Hillo (Resident Representative)   2. Pa Lamin Beyai (Country Director)   3. Cleophas Torori (Deputy CD/P)   4. Rokya YE-DIENG  (Deputy CD/O)   5. Miriam Clark-Harris  (Operations Specialist)  6. Tobie Djokoto-Ayite (Procurement Specialist)  7.Ignatius Abedu-Bentsi(Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist) 8. E. Kaman Weah ( President of Staff Association and Head of ICT Unit) 

Team of Advisors

 1. George Baratashvili (Chief Technical Advisor Elections)  2. Seeye Hagos (Security Sector Reform) 3. Maarten Barends (Chief Technical Advisor, Rule of Law)



Current Staff Count for Liberia

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 62
UN Volunteers 29
UNDP Staff 63
Total 154

Our Consultants

The following is a list of Individual Consultants/Contractors and Service Contract holders who receive US$ 30,000 or more from UNDP Liberia over a 12 month period: 

Post/Project Title
Contract Period
Value $USD
Consultancy for the Review of Citizen Engagement Practices in Concessions Management in Liberia/SPU 11 November 2013-30 April 2014

Team Leader/Expert Author-SPU

16 September 2013- 14 September 2014

3. Communication Expert/Elections

6 May 2013-12 July 2013



Legislative Consultant/Elections

11 March 2013-2 December 2013 42,525.00

Legal Expert/Elections

20 March 2013-31 December 2013



Senior CVE Expert/Elections

18 March 2013-24 May 2013



Institutional Consultant/Elections

18 May 2013-30 November 2013



SMC Consultant/JSP

21 August 2012-30 June 2013 36,650.00

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