Djaffar Moussa-Elkadhum was appointed UNESCO Head of Office and Representative to Namibia and assumed his duties on 4 December 2018. Djaffar Moussa-Elkadhum is a Comorian national and holds a degree in Statistics from the Ecole Nationale de Statistique et d'Économie Appliquée, Abidjan (Ivory Coast, 1984), a Degree in Economics from the University of Paris IX-Dauphine (France, 1985) and a Master's degree in Economics and Demography from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (France, 1986). He also has a Master’s degree in Public administration from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and Université Paris- Dauphine (France, 2007). He began his professional career at the United Nations with the United Nations Population Fund in 1990 as Program Officer, responsible for developing strategies and plans for the implementation of the UNFPA National Program, including the provision of technical assistance in the area of Population and development, including gender issues and sexual and reproductive health. He joined UNESCO in 1992 as Young Professional and progressively assumed a number of senior functions at Headquarters (Paris) and field level, Jakarta Office (Indonesia) as well as at the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS). In response to the disaster caused by Cyclone Hayan (locally known as Yolanda) on 3 November 2013, he served as the UNESCO Head of Mission in Manila (Philippines) to coordinate and support UNESCO's engagement with the Government
of the Philippines with the Humanitarian Team and with the National Team, partners and donors. He served as Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Mozambique from June 2014 to December 2018. He is a member of several scientific and professional associations, in particular the International Union for the Scientific Studies of Population (IUSSP) and the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS). He is fluent in French, English, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia and has solid knowledge of Spanish, Swahili and basic Arabic.
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