The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Author
Ghulam M. Isaczai
RCO
UN Resident Coordinator
Mr Isaczai was appointed as UN Resident Corrdinator in Azerbaijan in April 2016. He previously served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP/UNFPA Resident Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Prior to that Mr. Isaczai, served in various capacities with UNDP in Tajikistan, Nepal and Yemen, the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme in Germany, UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan, the UN Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East based in Syria and the UN Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator in Baghdad and the Kurdish region of Iraq.
Ghulam M. Isaczai

The United Nations Resident Coordinator Office supports the work of the UN Resident Coordinator. The UN Resident Coordinator leads the UN country team in consultations with the Government to define and agree on the UN strategic response to the Government’s development priorities. This response is captured in the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). 

The UNDAF is a medium term results framework that describes the collective vision and response of the UN system to national development priorities. The UNDAF describes how the UN country team will contribute to the achievement of development results based on a common country analysis and the UN comparative advantage. Currently, the UN framework of work for Azerbaijan is under the 2016-2020 UN-Azerbaijan Partnership Framework (UNAPF).

The office coordinates activities related to common programming including Agenda 2030, joint programmes, joint programming activities and development coordination work. This is done in conformity with the objectives and priorities of the Government, and the mandates and objectives of the United Nations agencies.

The UN Resident Coordinator Office has five core functions:

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Economics
  3. Partnerships and development finance
  4. Data and results management and reporting
  5. Communications and advocacy

The UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan

Ghulam M. Isaczai has  26 years of work experience in international development, humanitarian emergencies and post-conflict recovery with the United Nations system and international NGOs. In April 2016, Mr. Isaczai was appointed as UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

He previously served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP/UNFPA Resident Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Prior to that Mr. Isaczai, served in various capacities with UNDP in Tajikistan, Nepal and Yemen, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Germany, UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan, the UN Office of Special Coordinator for the Middle East based in Syria and the UN Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator in Baghdad and the Kurdish region of Iraq.

Before joining the UN system, Mr. Isaczai worked with the private sector in the United States and held positions with international humanitarian NGOs in Pakistan.

Mr. Isaczai holds a Masters degree in Public International Law from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Midland University in Nebraska, United States.