The Resident Coordinator Office

The Resident Coordinator (RC) system’s role in country is to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level.

The RC leads the UN country team. His role is pivotal for the success of the United Nations in reaching the Sustainble Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. The Resident Coordinator leads and strategically positions the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) to address people's needs and vulnerabilities, to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and Leave No One Behind.

The RC system encompasses all organisations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system is supported in UNHQ by the UN Development Coordination Office (UNDCO).

In countries facing a humanitarian crisis, like Syria, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) brings together all humanitarian actors including UN organisations and International NGOs, in addition to representatives of National NGOs, SARC, IFRC, and the sector coordinators and ICRC as observers, to ensure their full participation in the decision-making process concerning the humanitarian response.

The HCT is chaired by the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in his capacity as Humanitarian Coordinator and coordinated through the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The HCT's work is framed within the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) which is developed bi-annually on the basis of the needs identified in the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) annually.

The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria

Mr. Imran Riza  has over 30 years of international experience across the UN System, mainly in field settings.

Before this appointment in September 2019 as UN Resident Coordinar and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Mr Riza served as Deputy Head of Mission and the Director of the Division of Political Affairs, Civil Affairs and Strategic Communications at the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Before UNIFIL, he served as the UNHCR Regional Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and the UNHCR Representative to Jordan. 

Mr  Riza’s field assignments have included Sudan, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. He has also worked with WFP in Rome and as a Senior Advisor to the PRSG (later UNSCOL) in Lebanon.

Mr Riza holds a Master's degree in Social-Cultural Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University, US (1986); and a Bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from McGill University, Canada (1982).

Mr Riza is a national of Pakistan. He is married and has two children.

The Resident Coordinator Office

Imran Riza

Imran Riza

Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator