Ms. Desiree Monique Jongsma joined UNICEF Moldova Country Office in September 2017. As UNICEF Representative, she is responsible for oversight of all activities under the Government of the Republic of Moldova – UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation from UNICEF side. These include planning, coordination, resource mobilization and implementation of programmes of cooperation contributing to further enhancing national capacities towards ensuring that all children of Moldova, especially the most vulnerable, enjoy their rights to education, health, adequate standard of living, and participation within a child-friendly legal environment, and are protected from abandonment, neglect, discrimination, exploitation and violence.
Prior to Ms. Jongsma’s assignment in Moldova, she has served as UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste (2014-2017) and DPR Korea (2012-2014).
She served as Deputy Representative in Sri Lanka Country Office (2007-2012), as well as in Laos PDR Country Office (2004-2007).
In earlier years, she worked 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, The Netherlands (1992), and consulted amongst others for GTZ and Save the Children (UK) in Peshawar, Pakistan (1988-1989).
She was an academic researcher at the Institute for Educational Research (RION), Groningen in The Netherlands during the period 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, Netherlands in 1985.
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