The UN Resident Coordinator Office

In Yemen, the United Nations is represented by 21 resident and non-resident agencies, funds and specialised programmes that carry out their activities.

The country team (known by its acronym UNCT) is made up of representatives of these organisations. As head of the country team, the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) guides and supports the work of the UNCT, ensuring effective coordination and cooperation within the mandates of each organisation.

The Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO) is the main support structure for the activities of the Resident Coordinator and the country team, to help strengthen the joint activities of the United Nations system in Yemen. 

Its purpose is to maximize, in a coordinated manner, 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 and other international commitments.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen

Mr. Julien Harneis has more than 30 years of experience in development coordination, humanitarian assistance and management.

Prior to his current role as the RC-HC for Yemen, he served as United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Before that, he was Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and earlier he served as Head of Office for the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria. Julien has served at the UNICEF Representative in Yemen and in Guinea, as well as humanitarian positions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon and Indonesia. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Harneis worked in the private sector.

Mr. Julien Harneis has a Master of Studies in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a Master of Business Administration from the Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in France.


Mr. Julien Harneis

Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen