Chuma will also serve as the UN resident coordinator, humanitarian Coordinator and resident representative, a UN statement said on Tuesday.
He will replace Moustapha Soumaré of Mali, who now serves as the secretary-general’s deputy special representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“Chuma brings with him a wealth of development and leadership experience,” the UN said.
“He is currently serving as the resident coordinator, humanitarian coordinator and resident representative in Kenya.”
Prior to that appointment Chuma served as the resident coordinator and resident representative of the UN in Zambia from 2003 to 2008, as well as the deputy resident representative in Mozambique from 2000 to 2003 and in Uganda from 1996 to 2000.
He also held various positions with the United Nations Development Programme in New York, Oman and Zimbabwe.
“In addition to Chuma’s extensive experience with the United Nations, he also served as a macroeconomist and econometrician with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe,” the UN said.
Chuma holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of California.