Ms. Jennifer Bitonde is serving as Representative and Country Director for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Namibia since April 2015. Prior to her appointment she served as Officer in Charge of WFP in Namibia from 2011. She is responsible for providing leadership in defining and implementing WFP policies and strategies in Namibia, leading and guiding the transition from food based assistance to technical assistance to strengthen national food safety net programmes. Prior to joining WFP Namibia, she led the Food Cluster in Multan, Pakistan during the 2010 flood emergency. She was responsible for coordinating the cluster’s emergency food response to flood affected districts in Punjab province. From July 2006 to November 2009, Ms. Bitonde served as the Head of Sub Office with WFP in Lakes State, South Sudan where she was responsible for the overall management of WFP operations including assessing and responding to emergency food needs. From July 2005 to June 2006, Ms. Bitonde also served as Programme Officer with WFP in Khartoum, Sudan where she was responsible for the Country Programme (School Feeding) in four states.Ms. Bitonde also served as Programme Officer with WFP in Asmara, Eritrea from May 2001 to June 2005. She coordinated the School Feeding Programme in Eritrea where she was responsible for
establishing strategic partnerships with UN agencies, Donors and the government in providing school meals and take home rations to vulnerable children.From May 1999 to May 2001, Ms. Bitonde served as an Emergency Officer with WFP in Pyongyang, Korea Democratic People’s Republic (DPRK) where she was responsible for monitoring WFP emergency operation in DPRK. Prior to her assignment with WFP in DPRK, Ms. Bitonde served as Head of Office in the prefectures of Butare, Kibungo and Cyangugu in Rwanda where she facilitated the implementation of food assistance programmes for returning refugees, displaced persons and vulnerable communities. Prior to joining WFP, Ms. Bitonde worked with Concern Worldwide in Kigali, Rwanda supporting the repatriation of Rwandan refugees.PersonalMs. Jennifer Bitonde holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict, Security and Development from Sussex University in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Makerere, Uganda.