The UN Resident Coordinator Office
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Lebanon comprises of the heads of the 26 UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes (UNAFPs). As head of the UN Country Team, the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) leads, guides, and supports the work of the UNCT, ensuring effective coordination and cooperation across the mandates of each organisation. The Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO) strengthens the joint activities of the United Nations system in support of Lebanon’s efforts towards implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The UN Resident Coordinator leads the UN Country Team in consultations with the Government to define and agree on the UN’s strategic response to development priorities.
The purpose of the UN Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) is to maximise, in a coordinated fashion, the work of the UNCT so that the system can provide a collective, coherent and integrated response to national priorities and needs, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international commitments.
There are five core functions for the UN RCO:
- Strategic planning;
- Development economics;
- Partnerships and development finance;
- Data and results management and reporting;
- Communications and advocacy.
The UN Resident Coordinator / Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon
Najat Rochdi is the current UN Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon since the 1st of August 2020. Rochdi brings over 20 years of experience in development and humanitarian assistance and international coordination in conflict and post-conflict areas, including through her latest assignment as Senior Adviser to the Special Envoy for Syria and Director of Peer to Peer with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Geneva.
Prior to this, she served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Earlier, she served as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Cameroon and Deputy Director of the Representative Office of the United Nations Development Programme in Geneva.
Rochdi holds a doctorate in applied Maths and Engineer in Information Systems from the National Institute of Statistics and of Applied Economics in Rabat and a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Fundamental Applications from the University of Paris Sud 11. She is fluent in Arabic, English and French. Born in Morocco in 1961, she has four children.