About UNDP in Croatia

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UNDP is present in Croatia since 1996 when the first Liaison Office was established. The office became a fully-fledged Resident Representative Country Office in 2001. UNDPs presence in Croatia is governed by a Standard Basic Assistance Agreement with the Government of Croatia.

UNDP Croatia's programmatic activities are guided by the Country Programme Document 2007-2011 (which has been approved by the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board on 24 January 2007 and extended through the Executive Board Decision in 2011) and Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP - for the period between 2007 - 2011 and the period between 2012 - 2013). The country programme is consistent with the period of the Croatian Government National Strategic Development Framework (2006-2013).

What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP targets a range of developmental needs in Croatia, including improving living conditions and economic opportunities in war-affected, rural and remote areas; promoting energy efficiency and environmental protection, particularly on the Dalmatian coast; advocating the full social inclusion of people with disabilities, minorities and other vulnerable groups; and enhancing justice and human security. UNDP's mission is captured in a simple statement: "Leave no one behind."

What are our results?

Successful initiatives in which UNDP has engaged in Croatia include:

  • Through energy-efficiency partnerships with 20 ministries, 20 counties and 93 cities, conducting the systematic monitoring and management of energy and water use in 7,000 publicsector buildings across Croatia, resulting in savings to the state budget so far of HRK 91 million per year and a significant reduction in the country's greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Training more than 9,200 Croatian officials, including President Ivo Josipović and his advisors, on how to run a "green office."
  • Creating, together with the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court, seven offices to assist crime victims called to testify in court proceedings. So far 12,000 people have received support from the offices, and the Council of Europe has praised the Croatian model.
  • Shifting Dalmatia's largest olive grove and largest vineyard to fully organic production, and establishing 83 other pilot "green businesses" in agriculture, mariculture, and eco-tourism.
  • Creating, in partnership with Zadar County and the Vice Vlatković Vocational School, a Solar Education Center where residents (many of them unemployed) can receive certified training as solar equipment technicians in a growing market for renewable energy.
  • Establishing certified training programmes to prepare agricultural producers milk, cheese, fruits, vegetables, wine, sheep, goats, and other products to compete on the EU marketplace.
  • Preparing rural communities to work together to access and implement EU funding through the creation and strengthening of Local Action Groups (LAGs), the EU-standard grassrootslevel planning and decision-making mechanism for the development of rural areas.
  • With EU funding, rebuilding the facades of Radnički dom, the most important architectural monument in the heart of Vukovar, which has stood demolished and empty since the war, and overseeing a broad community discussion on the future uses of the interior.
  • In partnership with the Croatian police, collecting more than 75,000 handguns and explosive devices from the public in an effort to remove dangerous weapons from circulation, and supporting the destruction of at least 30,000 surplus weapons to fight illicit trafficking.
  • Helping 114 cities ensure access to public facilities and services for people with disabilities.
  • Working with the NGO "Status M" to promote healthy models of masculinity among high-school students, as part of a campaign to engage men in the fight against domestic violence.
  • Supporting the training in HIV/AIDS monitoring of more than 1,700 specialists from 84 different countries in the past eight years at the Andrija Štampar School of Public Health.
  • Organizing, together with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, a series of peer-to-peer seminars in which Croatia's EU negotiating team shares advice with prospective negotiators from other countries in the region aspiring to EU membership.

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Coordinator, who is the Executive Representative of the Secretary General, heads the UN Country Team in Croatia and is also the Resident Representative of UNDP Croatia.

UNDP Croatia is managed by the UNDP Resident Representative and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, who are responsible for ensuring the effective day-to-day management of UNDP Country Office and assume overall responsibility for the UNDP programme and operations to ensure coherence and strategic direction of UNDP activities.

UNDP works in close collaboration with the Government of Croatia through the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds and other key Ministries, Departments 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.

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Our Consultants

UNDP Croatia employs 7 consultants who earn more than $30,000 under their contract.

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Amount of contract ($)/contract duration
Consultant 1 Chief Technical Advisor Justice Programme $45.870
Consultant 2 International Consultant Knowledge Sharing $132.000
Consultant 3 International Consultant Knowledge Sharing $123.480
Consultant 4 Project Expert for web based application programming and IT consulting EE Project $31.547
Consultant 5 National Consultant – Chief Engineer / Technical Advisor EE Project $35.304
Consultant 6 Project Coordination Expert for Marketing, Public and Media Outreach, Information Dissemination and Education EE project $33.186
Consultant 7 International Consultant/Institutional Strengthening Specialist PA Systems $44.036