Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
Robert has been the Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the UN Coordinator for development and humanitarian activities in the occupied Palestinian territory since June 2015. Robert has dedicated most of his working life to understanding and addressing the development dimensions of conflict-prevention and peace-building. He started his development career in 1989 with the Australian aid agency, AusAid, administering projects in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. He joined the United Nations in 1990, and has served with the United Nations in various field and Headquarters roles since, including in Thailand, Cambodia, Fiji, Kosovo and Nepal. Following the Indian Ocean tsunami, Robert served as chief of staff in the Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery (former US President Bill Clinton). In 2007, he served as the inaugural director of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund before returning to the field in early 2008 as the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal. He served as the head of the UN in Nepal until March 2013. From March 2013 to June 2015, Robert was the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel serving the nine countries of the Sahel region (Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Northern regions of Nigeria and Cameroon). He has the rank of UN Assistant Secretary General.