Desiree M Jongsma
Ms Desiree Monique Jongsma joined the UNICEF DPR Korea Office on 8 August 2012. As UNICEF Representative, she is responsible for all the activities under the Government of DPR Korea-UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation from UNICEF side. These include planning, coordination, resource mobilization and implementation of programmes of cooperation contributing to enhancement of self-sustaining national capacities, so that all children in the country enjoy their rights for survival, development, protection and participation.
Prior to Ms Jongsma’s assignment in the DPR Korea, she has served as UNICEF Deputy Representative in Sri Lanka Country Office from September 2007 until July 2012. In this capacity, she contributed to the overall development and management of the Country Programme of Cooperation, supported resource mobilization and provided direct oversight over the Health and Nutrition, Education, Child Protection and WASH/Construction Programme Sections, while also heading the Programme Coordination Unit and Field Unit involving several Zone Offices.
From January 2004 until August 2007 she worked for UNICEF as Deputy Representative in Vientiane, Laos, where she contributed to the overall development and management of the Country Programme of Cooperation. In earlier years she also served for UNICEF first as Project Officer and later on as Chief of the Education Programme in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (1998-2003), as Education Officer in New Delhi, India (1993-1997) and as a freelance consultant in Freetown, Sierra Leone (1990).
Prior to joining UNICEF in India, Ms Jongsma worked as a Coordinator for Patient Organizations in the Region of Dordrecht, Regional Patients/Consumers Platform (RPCP), Dordrecht, The Netherlands (1992), and consulted amongst others for GTZ and Save the Children (UK) in Peshawar, Pakistan (1988-1989). Furthermore she was an academic researcher at the Institute for Educational Research (RION), Groningen in The Netherlands (1985-1987).
Ms Jongsma is a national of The Netherlands, and she has two daughters. She obtained a Master Degree in Andragogics from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Subfaculty of Pedagogics, Andragogics and Educational Training, University of Groningen, The Netherlands in 1985.