UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director
Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean
Jessica Faieta was appointed Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean on 7 May 2014.
Ms. Faieta previously held the position of Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean since October 2012 and was the Senior Country Director in Haiti, leading UNDP's recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake. Prior to her assignment in Haiti, she was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in El Salvador and Belize (2007-2010). From 2005 to 2006, she served in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, first as Principal Officer to the Chef de Cabinet then as Director of the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General. She was also the Deputy Director and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the UNDP Administrator.
Ms. Faieta started her career with UNDP in 1991 as a UN Volunteer programme officer in Guyana. She joined the Management Training Programme in 1993 as Policy Officer and subsequently became Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Finance and Administration. In 1997, she was appointed Deputy Resident Representative (DRR) in Cuba. She also served as DRR in Panama (1998-2001) and in Argentina (2001-2002). Before joining UNDP, she worked for the Canadian Embassy in Ecuador (1987-1991).
Ms. Faieta is an Ecuadorian national and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and another in International Affairs, both from Columbia University. She is also a Yale University World Fellow.