The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC), who leads the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Armenia and coordinates all UN operations at the country level, the UN Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) provides strategic coordination support to the UNCT.

Its purpose is to maximize the work of the United Nations 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.

The overall framework for the coordination of the UN operational activities at the country level is the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), an overarching strategy framework for all the UN entities working in the country that is framed around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is in line with the national priorities. 

The UN Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) fulfills five key functions in support of the responsibilities of the RC and the UN Country Team (UNCT):

  1. strategic planning;
  2. development economics;
  3. partnerships and development finance;
  4. data and results management and reporting;
  5. communications and advocacy.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia

The UN Secretary-General has appointed Françoise Jacob of France as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Armenia as of April 2024.

Ms. Jacob brings 30 years of experience in humanitarian and development work. She was the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia from 2019 to 2024. From 2017 to 2019, she served as UNOPS representative to the EU institutions in Brussels. She was the UNOPS director for South Asia (2011-2017). She held management positions with UNOPS, UNRWA, ECHO(EU), NGOs and the private sector in Afghanistan, India, the Middle East, East Timor, Sudan, Montenegro, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As Resident Coordinator, Francoise has been a strong advocate for accelerated action on climate change, pollution and the loss of bio-diversity, promoting the concept of the just transition in order to reduce inequalities in times of fundamental transformations required in our social and economic systems. She has spearheaded extensive work on human rights, peace building and governance.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from ESSEC, in Paris. She is a yoga teacher and an enthusiastic mountaineer.

Françoise Jacob

Françoise Jacob

UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia