About us

Our Team

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been operational in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, since 1980.  Our multi-country office works across ten countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to address common development challenges.

Our corporate context defines the work of UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean as a component of UN’s global development network, which advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

Who are the decision makers?

The UNDP Resident Representative (RR) is the UNDP Administrator's representative at the country level, and head of the country office being ultimately responsible for the quality and sustainability of UNDP interventions, including UNDP policies and procedures. The second-in-command of the organisation at the country level is the Deputy Resident Representative.  

The Head of UNDP in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is Ms. Valerie Cliff, Resident Representative.  Mr. Ugo Blanco is the Deputy Resident Representative and the Operations Manager is Ms. Selena Gooding.

Senior Officials head the different programme and operational units:  Ms. Sonia Headley-Griffith (Human Resources); Ms. Perry Parris (Finance); Mrs. Janelle Clarke-Hinds (Procurement); Mr. Marlon Clarke (Prevention, Recovery and Resilience); Mr. Jason LaCorbiniere (Poverty, Governance and Monitoring and Evaluation); Mr. Mohammmad Nagdee (Sustainable Solutions, Energy and Climate Change) and Ms. Nikola Simpson (Blue Economy Accelerator Lab). Mr. Luis Francisco Thais leads the recovery operations in Dominica and Ms. Mellissa Johnson leads recovery operations in Barbuda.

An organigramme of the full Barbados staff complement can be viewed here; our team in the Eastern Caribbean will be added shortly.

What do we want to accomplish?

Within our multi-country context, our aim is to create an enabling environment where our national governments have the capacities for inclusive and sustainable human development; meet their regional commitments, and internationally agreed goals including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To accomplish this, UNDP works in partnership with Governments of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, civil society, community based organizations, the private sector, academia, regional institutions and international development partners.

What are our main priorities?

UNDP in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean supports the strengthening of sustainable human development, climate resilience and inclusive governance.

UNDP’s work in climate change and disaster risk resilience helps countries alleviate the effects of natural disasters and built back better and stronger after crises.

Energy and environment are essential for sustainable development. The poor are disproportionally affected by environmental degradation and lack of access to clean energy services. Global issues as climate change, loss of biodiversity and ozone layer depletion cannot be addressed by countries acting alone. UNDP acts locally and globally to achieve development results.

Within each of UNDP’s programming areas, UNDP in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean advocates for the protection of human rights and especially the empowerment of women. Through regional and global networks, UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean shares ways to promote gender equality as an essential dimension of ensuring political participation and accountability; economic empowerment and effective development planning; crisis prevention and conflict resolution; access to clean water, sanitation and energy services; the best use of new technologies for development purposes; and society-wide mobilization against HIV and AIDS.


How many are we?

Staff count
Staff (FTA) 18
Staff (SC) 51

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