OFFICE OF CENTRAL SUPPORT SERVICES (OCSS)
Mr. Christian Saunders
Christian Saunders took over his duties as Assistant Secretary-General for the Office of Central Support-Services in the Department of Management on 12 February 2018.
Mr. Saunders of the United Kingdom has over 30 years of experience in international affairs, much of it focusing on delivering results and overseeing major reforms leading to improved organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Since June 2013, he served as the Director of the Office of the Under Secretary-General for Management, where was is responsible for a wide range of issues, including coordinating duty of care for staff serving in countries affected by the Ebola virus and the deployment of the Organization's new ERP solution Umoja across UN Headquarters.
Prior to this Mr. Saunders served as the Executive Officer for the Department of Safety and Security (2009-2013), the Chief of Coordination and Support Service in the Office of Information and Communications Technology (2005-2009) and as the Chief of the Procurement Service (2001-2005). Earlier in 2017, Mr. Saunders served as a member of the high-level task force established by the Secretary-General to develop a strategy to improve the organization’s approach to preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse.
Mr. Saunders also has significant humanitarian and field experience, having begun his United Nations career in 1989 with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Gaza. He also served in subsequent postings with UNRWA, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), peacekeeping missions and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Mr. Saunders is a graduate of Royal Holloway College, University of London and the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. Born in 1961, he is married and has three children.
The Office of Central Support Services (OCSS) ensures continued efficient, effective and high-quality support for substantive programmes in the areas of procurement, office space management facilities operation, broad casting support and oversees property management.
Central support is also provided in the areas of travel and transportation, mail and pouch services, records management, commercial activities, and business continuity management.
In addition, OCSS is responsible for the United Nations Postal Administration and the United Nations Archives. OCSS is headed by the Assistant-Secretary-General Mr. Christian Saunders.
The Office of Central Support Services (OCSS) is a client focused service provider with the following objectives: ensure continued efficient, effective and high-quality support for substantive programmes in the areas of information technology, procurement, travel and transportation, facilities management, archives and record management and management of commercial activities; ensure efficient Secretariat support services for the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council and their subsidiary organs when they are in session and for the special conferences and meetings held under the auspices of the United Nations; facilitate, through the provision of information and documentation, the deliberations of the General Assembly and its relevant subsidiary organs on specific support service issues under their review; and, exercise its co-ordinating role in providing integrated and coordinated management policy and guidelines to locations outside of Headquarters in implementation of construction projects, in line with General Assembly resolution 52/220 of 20 December 1997. within the context of the Secretary-General’s management reforms, efforts to strengthen existing common and joint services among the United Nations organizations will continue.