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About OCHA Jordan

Humanitarian Coordination & Response

Strengthening existing coordination mechanisms to improve decision making and response efforts based on identified needs and vulnerabilities, advancing Grand Bargain commitments, in particular the localization agenda, humanitarian – development nexus, strengthening gender parity programming, and protection, including but not limited to PSEA.

Humanitarian Financing

Strengthening allocation of accountable, cost-effective funding to ‘at risk’ priority groups to address critical basic needs, including through managing the Jordan Humanitarian Fund (JHF) and robust resource mobilization for the Fund.

Emergency Preparedness and Response/ Readiness & Early Warning

Supporting analysis around preparedness, early warning and inter-agency contingency planning for COVID-19 in Jordan, as well as the situation in southwest Syria and Damascus led humanitarian and relocation operations as required.

Leading the Jordan-Israel-Palestine (JIP) emergency preparedness initiative:

  • The JIP Preparedness Project seeks to enhance national and regional emergency response preparedness levels in disaster management, leading to more resilient societies in the region.
  • The JIP project started in 2013 led by OCHA Geneva; since July 2021, OCHA Jordan country office is the lead project coordinator for the region. 

Information management

OCHA’s Jordan role in information management is consolidating and publishing information across the whole spectrum of humanitarian response so that local and international actors can use the information to make life-saving policy and operational decisions.

OCHA Jordan Team

Head of Office: Mr. Carlos Geha


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.)