The Resident Coordinator's Office
In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United Nations is represented by 20 resident and non-resident entities that carry out their respective activities. The UN Country Team (UNCT) is made up of representatives of the agencies, funds and specialized programmes. As the head of the country team (UNCT), the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) guides and supports the work of the UNCT, ensuring effective coordination and cooperation within the mandates of each UN entity.
The UN Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO) is the main support structure for the activities of the RC and the UNCT, to help strengthen the joint activities of the United Nations system in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Its mission is to maximize, in a coordinated manner, the work of the United Nations to ensure that the system provides a collective, coherent and integrated assistance to national priorities and needs, within the framework of the Global Goals and other international commitments.
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The UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Iran
Over the past twenty years, Mandeep O'Brien has served in the UN, across three agencies. Prior to her appointment as UNICEF Representative in Iran (July 2019), she was Deputy Director for Inter-governmental Relations, Resource Mobilization, IFIs Partnerships in the Public Partnerships Division (2016-2019) and Senior Adviser and Team Leader for UN Partnerships (2013-2016) in UNICEF Headquarters. She was UNFPA Deputy Representative and Representative a.i. in Viet Nam (2011-2013) and Strategic Planning Specialist in UNFPA New York (2006-2010) with a focus on social policy implementation in ten countries across Africa and Asia. Ms O'Brien started her UN career in 2000 as UNDP National UNV Coordinator in India and worked as National Programme Officer in India till 2005. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (USA); and a Master’s Degree in Sociology, Delhi School of Economics (India) and Advanced Certification in Health Research Methods, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). Ms O'Brien is a recipient of the President of India’s Kunda Datar gold medal for academic excellence. She is married and a proud mother of a daughter.