Jan Egeland has been Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) since August 2013, leading humanitarian operations with some 16,000 relief workers serving almost twelve million people in need across the world. In June 2021, he was appointed Eminent Person of The Grand Bargain initiative. From January to May 2021, Egeland was appointed by UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, as Chair of the Independent Senior Advisory Panel on humanitarian deconfliction in Syria.
In 2015 to end 2018, Mr. Egeland was Special Advisor to the UN mediation efforts in Syria and chaired the 23-nation humanitarian task force for the protection of and access to Syrian civilians. He has also served as UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (2003-2006).