Senior Management

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Neil Buhne
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Pakistan

Prior to his appointment by the Secretary General and UNDP Administrator, Mr. Buhne was Director of the UNDP Office in Geneva. Prior to that he joined UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) in February 2011, as Director of the BCPR Geneva Liaison Office.   

He has served with the United Nations as Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in three countries for 12 years, since joining the United Nations 30 years ago.  From 2007 until February 2011 he served as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka.  From 2003 to 2007 he was RC/RR in Bulgaria, and before that, from 1999 to 2003, in Belarus.   

In Sri Lanka, as senior UN official in the country, he led the response to the humanitarian crisis, and work on post-conflict recovery.  In Bulgaria, he worked with Bulgarian government and municipalities in reducing inequalities and becoming better prepared to benefit from EU membership.  In Belarus he led programming to reduce the continuing impact on people from the Chernobyl disaster, to preserve areas of unique biodiversity, and to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Prior to that he spent many years in Asia, as UNDP Deputy Representative in Malaysia (and acting RC/RR for 20 months) from 1995 to 1999, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in Pakistan from 1990 to 1995 and Programme Officer in UNDP Bhutan. In 1985 and 1986 he served with UNDP and other agencies as Junior Professional Officer in Sudan on humanitarian and recovery issues.

He holds an M.A. from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University Ottawa, Canada. @NeilBuhne

Marc-André Franche
Country Director
Marc-André Franche has spent his professional career working in international development.  Prior to his assignment in Pakistan, he was the Deputy Director of UNDP in Haiti, a position he held since 2008.  In this capacity, he oversaw an extensive portfolio of projects addressing governance, rule of law reform, improvement of livelihoods and environmental protection.  

Between 2004 and 2008, Mr. Franche worked for UNDP in New York as Program Adviser for Conflict Prevention Initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean.  In his capacity as Program Adviser, he was part of a team supporting consensus building and dialogue in the region.  Prior to that, he worked on applied research and policy initiatives in conflict prevention for UNDP in Colombia from 2001 to 2004, and poverty reduction and local governance for UNDP in Bolivia from 1999 to 2001. 

He holds an MSc in Development Policies from the London School of Economics, an MSc in European Studies from Lund University and a BSc in Political Science from Université de Montréal. Franche holds Canadian and Colombian citizenship.

Tracy Vienings
Deputy Country Director, Programmes

Tracy Vienings has 20 years of experience in the Development sector. Ms. Vienings has worked in the public sector, the non-governmental sector and for UNDP. Prior to joining UNDP in 2008 as Senior Adviser and Team Leader for the Crisis Prevention and Recovery Team in the UNDP’s Regional Centre in the Pacific, Ms. Vienings was the Deputy Country Director for CARE International in Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa.  In her previous position as Head Of Strategic Issues for the UK based organization Saferworld, Ms. Vienings supported the Governments and Bilateral donors in Nepal, Sudan, Uganda and Kosovo with conflict sensitive programming for Development projects. A South African national, Ms. Vienings spent the 1990s in South Africa in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and working with the newly elected democratic South African Government in developing Policies to support the transformation of South African institutions, particularly in the Education and Security sectors.

Ms. Vienings is an author of a number of publications related to development, conflict and peace and was also responsible for designing parts of the new South African Education curriculum related to human rights and gender equality. She has been involved in a number of Peacebuilding Processes around the world with a particular focus on race, identity and belonging.

Vitalie Muntean
Deputy Country Director, Operations

Vitalie Muntean has over 28 years of extensive professional experience acquired in government institutions, UN/UNDP, civil society organizations and private sector. This includes 19 years of progressively responsible national and international work experience in substantive development programming and operations management in predominantly complex and challenging regions and countries.

Mr. Muntean started his career with UNDP in 1994 as National Programme Officer in the Moldova office. He subsequently served as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative (Programme and Operations) in Uzbekistan, Papua New Guinea and The Gambia. Prior to joining UNDP Pakistan Vitalie served as Deputy Country Director-Operations in UNDP Ethiopia. He joined UNDP Pakistan office in February 2014. 

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Pakistan One UN Programme Annual Report
Pakistan One UN Programme Annual Report

Pakistan's One UN Programme (OP I) was signed on 4 February 2009 in the presence of the UN Secretary General and the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Initially for a two-year period from 2009 to 2010, OP I was extended until December 2012 by mutual agreement of the Government of Pakistan and the UN.


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