The Resident Coordinator Office

Author
Helena Fraser
RCO
Resident Coordinator
Ms Fraser (United Kingdom) assumed her duties as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Uzbekistan in July 2017. In January 2019, she was designated as standalone full-time UN Resident Coordinator for Uzbekistan. Before that, Ms Fraser served for twenty years with OCHA, including two assignments in UN peacekeeping operations (Kosovo and Timor-Leste). She headed OCHA’s Regional Office for the Syria Crisis in Amman (2014-2017). Before that, Ms Fraser established and led OCHA’s Partnerships & Resource Mobilization Branch in Geneva, serving simultaneously as Chief, Private Sector Section, and earlier as Chief of OCHA’s Donor Relations Section. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Russian Language and Literature, both from Oxford University.
Helena Fraser

The UN Resident Coordinator leads the UN Country Team, representing the United Nations system in interactions with Government, parliament, civil society and the private sector to advance agreed sustainable development objectives.

The Resident Coordinator Office supports the Resident Coordinator and the UNCT in developing, implementing, monitoring and reporting on the UN Cooperation Framework (former UNDAF) and in all joint activities related to Agenda 2030 in Uzbekistan.

The UN Resident Coordinator’s 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 Uzbekistan 

Ms. Helena Fraser (United Kingdom) assumed duties as UN Resident Coordinator for the Republic of Uzbekistan in July 2017.

Prior to this appointment, Helena served for twenty years with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Most recently, she headed OCHA’s Regional Office for the Syria Crisis in Amman (2014-2017), prior to which she established and led OCHA’s Partnerships & Resource Mobilization Branch in Geneva (2012-2014), serving simultaneously as Chief, Private Sector Section. From 2008 to 2012, she was Chief of OCHA’s Donor Relations Section and from 2002-2008 she served in a variety of positions with OCHA in Geneva and New York. In earlier roles, she was seconded to the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (2001-2002), and also briefly to the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (1999). Helena began her career with OCHA as a Field Adviser in Georgia (1997-1998) before she moved to New York as a Desk Officer for Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (1999-2000).

Helena holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Oxford University in the UK and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Russian Language and Literature, also from Oxford University.

She speaks English, French and Russian.