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Dr. Jafar Javan Acting Director of UNICRI


The Chef de Cabinet of the UN Secretary General has approved the designation of Dr. Jafar Javan as Acting Director of the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

Dr. Jafar Javan, who serves as the Director of the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) since 2012, brings over 25 years of experience, having worked in the United Nations system in various regions, notably Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. During his tenure in the system, his professional responsibilities have focused on policy development, education, training and employment, community development and social participation.

Prior to that, Dr. Javan was the Deputy Director and Head of Programmes at UNSSC since April 2008. He has served from 2006 to 2008 as Director of Policy Support and Programme Development with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Regional Centre for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in Bratislava. He was Chief of the Subregional Resource Facility with UNDP Bratislava between 2003 and 2005, and Policy Liaison Adviser with the Bureau for Development Policy at UNDP Washington, D.C., from 2000 to 2003.

Dr. Javan holds a doctorate in psychology, with a specialization in human resources development, from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree in international relations and a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs from the American University in Washington, D.C.

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