Mr. Niels Scott has more than 30 years of experience in international cooperation, development coordination, humanitarian assistance, crisis management and peacebuilding support, which he has acquired at the United Nations and externally. Prior to serving as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Armenia, he served as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Liberia, ad interim Resident Coordinator in Indonesia and Burundi. He served also as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Georgia. He held leadership positions with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), including Head of Office in Libya, Côte d'Ivoire and Haiti and Chief of OCHA Humanitarian Coordination Support Section and Chief of OCHA Disaster and Vulnerability Policy Section. He also served as Head of the Regional Office for Darfur with the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) and Head of the OCHA Darfur Cell.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Scott worked with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for 15 years, including as Operations Coordinator, Representative for Haiti, Head of Regional Delegation for West and Central Africa and Deputy Head of the Regional Delegation for Central Asia, Head of Delegation in Georgia, Relief Coordinator in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Logistics Officer in Croatia. He also served with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as Programme Coordinator in Croatia and held other positions in the non-governmental and private sectors. Mr. Scott has a degree in social science and politics from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.