Alejandro E. Alvarez
Rule of Law, Justice and Security Adviser and Team Leader
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP New York
Alejandro Alvarez is currently the Team Leader of the Rule of Law, Justice and Security team in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. He leads the Bureau’s work in this area and acts as the programme manager of UNDP’s Global Programme for strengthening the Rule of Law in crisis and fragile situations.
Mr. Alvarez currently leads a team that supports governments and civil society in 25 of the most conflict-affected and fragile countries in the world. The Bureau’s Rule of Law, Justice and Security team designs, monitors and supports the implementation of multi-year comprehensive rule of law, justice and security programmes in conflict or post-conflict environments such as Afghanistan, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan and others. He is also responsible for strengthening collaboration and joint programming with other UN entities working in this area.
Before his current assignment, Mr. Alvarez worked as a Justice and Security Sector Reform Regional Adviser in UNDP for the Latin American and Caribbean region, advising governments in the area of criminal justice reform, crime and violence prevention and police reform. Prior to this, he worked in the non-governmental sector on justice sector reform issues, as director of programme for INECIP, a region-wide Latin American NGO, and was an independent consultant with the European Commission, Inter-American Development Bank and USAID in several countries in Africa and in Latin America. Mr. Alvarez also served in the UN peacebuilding mission in Guatemala on rule of law and governance matters, mandated to verify the implementation of the peace agreements.
Mr. Alvarez has a 20-year track record of high-level policy advice to governments and UNDP Country Offices. He is from Argentina, has a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master’s degree in Criminal Law from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).