From January 1, 2021, Richard took formally retired from the United Nations after 33 years. Since 2017, he has had the honor to hold UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) position in Egypt.
Positioning the UN system poses challenges in fast-paced evolving human rights, stability, and development scenario. The new UN Partnership Framework with Egypt, developed under his leadership, focuses on the major disparities in society, climate change, and women's empowerment. As Executive Coordinator of UNV (2013-16), he stabilized the organization operationally and financially during the UN budgetary crisis. Engaging with the corporate sector, volunteer-involving organizations, and global civil society, he drove innovation with new products and services and a strong civic engagement agenda.
In Fiji, Richard was UNRC / UNDP RR, where he developed several innovative approaches to UN system coherence across 16 Pacific Countries and with 15 UN agencies. Richard furthermore served as UNRC/ UNDP RR in Malawi, where he supported the first Delivering as One (Dao) efforts, including creating a One UN Fund that attracted over its lifetime over US$200Mln.
He joined UNIDO in 1987, and he has subsequently been assigned with UNDP to countries in Arab States, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. As a UNDP Assistant Resident Representative and later Deputy Resident Representative, he worked amongst other climate change issues, environment and natural resource management, disaster risk reduction, poverty reduction, private sector development, employment generation, youth development, and child labor.
Exceptional in a UN leadership trajectory, Dictus held specific management and administrative positions, broadening his organizational outlook beyond development substance. He has been UNDP's Deputy Director for Human Resources in NY, where he gained experience in organizational change management, accountability, and the facilitation of organizational dynamics. Richard graduated from the Technical University of Twente with a Master's degree in public administration and development Studies. He furthered his education at Harvard/MIT, Cornell, and the United Nations Staff College.