The UN Resident Coordinator Office

The Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level.

Under the One UN initiative, the role of the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) has been enhanced and strengthened to provide the required leadership and impetus for the UN in the country. The RCO is working towards supporting the Government of Pakistan in fulfilling its international commitments, especially on the SDGs. Furthermore, the RCO in Pakistan, as one of the first One UN pilot countries, is also leading the One UN initiative towards a strengthened UN system in the country,  for the benefit of the people of Pakistan with the best value for money.

As the chair of the UN Country Team (UNCT), comprising the head of all UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, the RCO plays a central role at the country level in making possible the coordination of UN operational activities for development in order to ensure alignment of UN assistance with national development priorities, plans and capacity building in the context of internationally agreed treaty obligations and development goals, and placing the UN centrally in development and international cooperation in the country. The Resident Coordinator’s Office is responsible for the operational activities for development, policy and political affairs.

The Resident Coordinator leads the UN country teams in Pakistan and is the designated representative of the Secretary-General for development operations. Working closely with national governments, the Resident Coordinator and the country team advocate the interests and mandates of the UN system while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family. The RC acts on behalf of the UN system in an impartial way, strategically positioning the UN in the country. The RC upholds and promotes the UN’s responsibilities with regard to preventing and responding to serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law, including the responsibilities of UN entities and staff in this regard.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan

Mr Julien Harneis of the United Kingdom joined as  the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan on 31 January 2020.

Mr Harneis brings 31 years of experience in development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and management. He was previously serving as Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), before which he served as Head of Office for the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria, UNICEF Representative in Yemen and in Guinea, as well as humanitarian positions in the DRC, Lebanon and Indonesia. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr Harneis worked in the private sector. 

He holds a Master of Studies in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a Master of Business Administration from the Institute Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in France. 

Head of Office

Shah Nasir Khan

Mr. Shah Nasir Khan has more than 17 years of extensive experience in strategic planning, research and development, policy and programming, strategic management, disaster risk reduction & climate change adaptation, technical advisory and institutional capacity strengthening. He is serving as Head of UN Resident Coordinator’s Office  & Senior Strategic Planner for the UN system in Pakistan since October 2019. Prior to it he led the Policy, Programme and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Unit at the UN WFP.

Mr Khan served as Advisor to the Provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Housing, Disaster Risk and Climate Change Management, and managed various post-militancy and flood compensation and social protection programmes. He developed both the comprehensive 5 Years Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Road Map for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in 2014 and the FATA Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy in 2015.

He is visiting faculty to the National School of Public Policy, Civil Services Academy, Provincial civil services academy, Military College of Engineering and University of Engineering & Technology Peshawar lecturing on Development Policy, Strategic management, SDGs implementation, Climate Change and integrating Disaster Risk reduction & CCA into Development Planning. He has a diverse experience of serving in UN on various positions/ assignments in various countries.

Mr. Khan is a Civil Engineer specializing in Disaster Risk Management & Climate Change. He also holds a Masters Degree in Political Science. He is Fellow DANIDA/ Department of DRM University of Copenhagen and Pak-US Leadership Programme(IVLP) Alumni.

The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Julien Harneis

Julien Harneis

UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan