Regional Coordination Advisor and Head, Regional UNDG Secretariat for Eastern & Southern Africa
Jacqueline Saline Olweya is the Regional coordination Advisor and Head of the Regional UNDG ESA Secretariat., a position she has held since January 2011. Based in Nairobi Kenya, she provides strategic guidance to the Regional Directors on opportunities and challenges emanating from the implementation of UNDG ESA activities in support of United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs), covering 22 Countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Previously, Jacqueline worked as a National Gender Advisor to the Government of Kenya. She has also served as an Assistant Resident Representative with UNDP Kenya in charge of Governance and Gender Programmes and more recently served as a Training Policy Specialist at UNDOCO based in New York where she led the design and implementation of various initiatives including induction of first time Resident Coordinators and the first Un Women Leadership Development Programme.
She has over 18 years’ experience in development work, providing high level policy, advisory and technical, facilitation, teambuilding and training support to and undertaking capacity development initiatives for governments (including the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary), United Nations staff of varying levels (Resident Coordinators, Heads of Agencies, Programme Staff, and Coordination Officers), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and education practitioners.
Jacqueline, a national of Kenya holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D) in Economics and Planning of Education and has published several books and articles on a wide range of topics/themes, including Education, HIV&AIDS, Governance, Poverty and Strategic Planning among others, from a gender perspective.