Roma Bhattacharjea

Senior Gender Adviser,

Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP New York

United States
Bengali, English, Hindi
Crisis response, Energy, Governance, Millennium development goals, Peacebuilding, Poverty reduction and inequality, Sexual and gender-based violence

Roma Bhattacharjea currently works for UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery as Senior Gender Adviser. UNDP is a key and active player in the global Women, Peace and Security agenda and supports programming in over 80 crisis countries. Ms. Bhattacharjea brings to UNDP a wealth of experience in social development, and conflict policy and programming, with a special interest and expertise in integrating women’s and girls’ voices and perspectives in post-conflict governance, gender, information technology and energy.

In 2010, Ms. Bhattacharjea was part of a UN global team which influenced and shaped the first ever UN Secretary General’s Report on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding. This Report culminated in UNDP being designated global co-lead in the three areas out of the UN Secretary General’s seven UN priority areas in peacebuilding : inclusive economic recovery, inclusive governance and strengthening Access to Justice, especially for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

Until March 2009, Ms. Bhattacharjea pioneered, led and managed a global gender programme on ‘Strengthening Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action’ in the Policy Unit of the Office of Emergency Programmes at UNICEF in New York, working to strengthen impact in 10 crisis countries across the globe. In 2007, she served as Global Deputy Team Leader of the independent Global Gender Evaluation of UNICEF, working with several country and regional offices. Prior to this, she served as a Regional Policy Adviser for UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy, providing policy and programme advisory services to UNDP Country Offices in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. In this capacity, she served on several assignments, including representing UNDP on the multi-donor missions tasked with writing the reconstruction strategies for Afghanistan in 2002.

In 1999, Ms. Bhattacharjea pioneered the first Gender Policy Office in 60 years of UN Peacekeeping Operations. She then contributed to a global expert seminar in Windhoek, Namibia (2000), which turned into the first-ever Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security: Resolution 1325.  Previously, she worked in development policy in the Gender and Development Unit in UNESCO in 1999. She was also associated with the Gender and Development Unit in Oxfam GB’s Policy Unit in 1994.

Ms. Bhattacharjea has provided strategic and substantive leadership on gender and social development, conflict policy and programming within the UN system across the globe. She holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and a Master’s Thesis in International Development specializing in conflict, refugee studies and gender from Oxford University, UK.



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