Ms. Kiki Gbeho, who hails from Ghana, is the current United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative to Namibia. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Gbeho served the United Nations for over 20 years in various complex environments including in Cambodia, Angola, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia. She also served at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, managing the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHAs) operations in East and Southern Africa. She also headed the OCHA Somalia office during the severe drought crises in the Horn of Africa and the 2011 Somalia famine.Ms. Gbeho’s first assignment as an UN official in Namibia dates back to 1989 when she served as an electoral officer under UNTAG (United Nations Transition Assistance Group) in Swakopmund. Subsequently Ms. Gbeho also served in peacekeeping operations in Cambodia and Iraq.Between 1997 and 1998 she worked as an assistant to the Spokesperson of the United Nation’s mission in Iraq. This experience proved crucial when Ms. Gbeho assumed the role of an Information Officer in Sudan in the years 1998 – 2000 and that of a Programme Officer in World Food Programme (WFP), in the same country, between 2000 and 2002. Ms. Gbeho has extensive experience in programme implementation and management which has supported: humanitarian field operations; the design of strategic planning; documents in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia; supported the return and reintegration of Eritrean refugees and raised significant resources for humanitarian action in the Horn of Africa.
Prior to joining OCHA Somalia Ms. Gbeho worked as Head of the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit within the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinators Office in Sudan. During this period, she also acted as the Head of the Resident Coordinators Office for close to a year, facilitating the Common Country Assessment/United Nations Development Assistance Framework (CCA/UNDAF) and the Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) review for Sudan. During the interim period, she led pilot efforts to strengthen recovery coordination by decentralizing coordination to State level while shifting from humanitarian to recovery/development.Ms. Gbeho holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences and Africana Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Masters of Arts in International Relations from the University of Ghana, Legon.