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About OCHA Jordan

Recognising the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis inside Syria, the systemic gaps in coordination, and following the adoption of UN Security Council resolutions 2165, 2191, 2258, 2332 and 2393, humanitarian actors operating inside Syria from Damascus and from neighbouring countries launched the “Whole of Syria” (WOS) approach to develop a principled, predictable and coherent response to prioritized humanitarian needs through in-country and cross border operations.

A Cross-Border Task Force in Jordan operating under the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC)’s stewardship, has been established as a senior strategic and decision-making body to oversee strategic coordination of cross-border activities, as part of the WOS approach. Comprising both country-focused and regional partners, the Cross Border Task Force aims to develop common policies and response strategies to deliver humanitarian assistance in Syria through cross-border assistance. With OCHA Jordan’s support, an Inter-Sector/Cluster Working Group (ISCWG), along with five sector working groups (WASH, Health and Nutrition, Food Security, Logistics, and NFI/Shelter), complement the work of the Cross-Border Task Force.

OCHA Jordan also administers the Jordan Humanitarian Fund (JHF) which addresses the urgent humanitarian needs and gaps in Jordan and supports the cross-border activities of NGOs under UNSCRs 2165 and subsequent extensions.


UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan

Mr. Anders Pedersen (Sweden) is the current UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan. He succeeds Mr. Edward Kallon (Sierra Leone).

Prior to this assignment he was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Botswana. Previously, Mr. Anders was Chief of Staff at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) between 2010 and 2012, Director, Department for Democracy, Human Rights and Gender Equality also at Sida from 2008 to 2010, and Chief, Methods in Development Cooperation Unit at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (2007- 2008). He was Secretary-General of the Four Nations Initiative on Governance and Management of the United Nations, Sweden in 2006/2007.

He has served with the United Nations as Coordinator of the Europe, North America and Central Asia Unit in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, (2004-2006); Chief, United Nations Human Rights Office in Angola (2003-2004); Chief, Human Rights Division, Angola (2001-2003).

Prior to that Anders held various positions in the Swedish Foreign Service such as First Secretary, Democratic Governance Coordinator, Embassy of Sweden in Zambia (1998-2001); Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Sweden in Geneva, (1996-1998); First Secretary, Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden (1995-1996); and First Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden (1992-1995). Anders was a Human Rights Legal Adviser to the United Nations Mission in El Salvador (1991-1992); Associate Protection Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, El Salvador (1990-1991) and Associate Protection Officer, UNHCR, Honduras (1989-1990). Early on in his career he was a Legal Adviser at the Secretariat of the Swedish Red Cross, Stockholm (1987-1989).

Mr. Anders holds a Degree of Masters of Law (LL.M.)