Dr. Jafar Javan is the Director of the United Nations System Staff College.
Mr. Javan 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 his latest appointment, Mr. 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.
Mr. 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.
With its Headquarters in Turin (Italy) and its second Campus in Bonn (Germany), the Staff College is a centre of excellence for training and knowledge management within the UN system. Each year, we offer learning initiatives that reach over 10,000 beneficiaries including residential courses, distance-learning, strategic exchanges and seminars. Our programmes range from leadership and management development, to the development of those sectoral and functional competences that are needed to effectively serve as an international civil servant. We also provide learning interventions to increase technical and substantive knowledge spanning the three pillars of the UN’s work: peace and security, human rights and development. Since 2015, all of the Staff College’s learning and training activities are geared towards enabling the UN system and its partners to address the challenges posed by the adoption of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.