United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Stephen Jackson of Ireland as the UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya.
Jackson took up his duties on March 1, returning to Nairobi after 30 years.
“Mr Jackson brings close to 30 years of experience in international development, peacebuilding and humanitarian affairs to the position, including more than 10 years in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
“ At the United Nations, he most recently served as Resident Coordinator in Gabon, after holding leadership positions at the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and with United Nations Peacekeeping,” the UN said in a statement.
Honoured to be asked by @antonioguterres to lead @UnKenya’s work helping #Kenya’s people & government hit #GlobalGoals, defeat #COVID19 & build on amazing work of @sidchat1 & @nardosbthomas. A delight to be back in #Nairobi after almost 30 years! @AminaJMohammed @UNPiper @UN_SDG https://t.co/Jlwu2FOwpl pic.twitter.com/CbTTxbgyRW
— Stephen Jackson (@SWJacksonUN) February 27, 2021
In the DPA, he served as Chief of Policy Planning and Guidance, headed the Secretariat to the High-Level Review of United Nations Peacebuilding in 2015, worked as Team Leader of the Mediation Support Unit, was Chief of Staff of the United Nations Office in Burundi and led the Policy Planning Unit as well as the Africa Great Lakes Team.
He also worked as Special Adviser to the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes. With Peacekeeping, he served as a senior political adviser with the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC).
He succeeds Siddharth Chatterjee, who was appointed the United Nations Resident Coordinator in China.