Who we are

The Chief Digital Office (CDO) was created in 2019 to lead the digital transformation at UNDP. The CDO team has internal and external functions:


As COVID has led to a rapid acceleration in digital demand across the development system, the CDO office has developed a range of services to support the Country Offices on their digital disruption journey, for COVID-19 and beyond.

How we help

UNDP’s Digital Strategy set the foundation for UNDP’s digital future but getting there will require an aggressive approach. Ways we support our country offices includes:

Advisory Support

Tools and guidance to understand problems & opportunities


Connections to vetted ready-to-deploy digital expertise within UNDP and via a roster


Access to global partners and vendors as well as practical resources to get projects off the ground

Knowledge Sharing

Exposure to relevant, "best-of" examples from across UNDP and beyond

Scaling Support

Resources to scale projects nationally and globally

The team

Led by the Chief Digital Officer, the team comprises of experts with skills in digital strategy, agile software development, user experience design, data analysis, open-source software, misinformation and digital platforms, technology ethics and regulation, and other areas of digital. We're a diverse and and passionate group of individuals from all around the world, speaking 12 languages, and working hard to build a more inclusive world with the use of emerging technologies.

Chief Digital Officer: Robert Opp

Robert Opp is currently the Chief Digital Officer of UNDP, the United Nations’ global sustainable development organization working across 170 countries globally with more than 17,000 staff. He leads the agency’s digital transformation, an organization-wide effort, to harness the power of new technology to improve the lives of those furthest behind.

Prior to this role, Robert served as Director of the Innovation and Change Management Division within the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) where he established an in-house ‘Zero Hunger’ innovation accelerator and created an award-winning crowdfunding smartphone app, ShareTheMeal which has raised over US$40 million for hunger programmes.

Get involved

Our partners are at the heart of UNDP. They provide strategic advice, expertise and financial resources. They extend the capabilities and reach of our work. We’re always looking for partners to join us in our work to harness digital for development.

Join our conversations online via @UNDPDigital.

Interested in joining the team? Find new opportunities at jobs.undp.org