Incoming Zim UN resident coordinator commits to development
By Staff Reporter
INCOMING Zimbabwe United Nations resident coordinator, Edward Kallon of Sierra Leone presented his credentials as the Representative of the UN Secretary-General to President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa at a ceremony held at State House.
The incoming represented has more than 30 years of his career to public service, working – both at the UN – in a complex emergency, transition, and development context in conflict and non-conflict settings across lower- and middle-income countries.
“At the United Nations, he most recently served as the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, following an assignment as Resident Coordinator in Jordan.
“He also held senior positions with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda after starting his United Nations career as a United Nations Volunteer assigned to WFP in Afghanistan,” said the UN in a statement.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Kallon worked in his home country as a socio-economist and community development coordinator for GTZMANR, a Bilateral Technical Cooperation Project, as well as an income generation project coordinator with global non-profit Plan International.
He holds a master’s degree in development studies with a specialization in agriculture and rural development from the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Njala University College of the University of Sierra Leone.