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Charu Bist, Deputy Resident Representative in Azerbaijan

Charu Bist has contributed to UNDP’s response in over 20 countries and has over 18 years professional experience. Charu joins us from the Global Policy Network, in UNDP HQ New York, where she has been stationed for the last eight years. During this time, she has also served as Livelihoods Specialist in BCPR (2011 – 2013) and BPPS Sustainable Development Cluster (2013 – 2018). Overall, she brings over 18 years’ experience working in the UN. Her previous assignments have been at ILO’s Regional Office in Ethiopia, as a JPO in UNDP Lesotho and in ILO’s office in Nepal.

She has effectively positioned UNDP with other development partners and ensured that UNDP’s comparative approach is integrated into the global response. She provides strategic policy advice tailored to country specific needs, built on global programme experience. She brings global experience across the regions on UNDP’s offers on SDG Integration, digital technology offers, youth employment, acceleration and innovation, inviting private sector partnerships such as the Climate Smart Accelerator, Green Climate Fund and building Artificial intelligence, satellite imagery into traditional resilience and development programmes.

She has sound understanding and technical knowledge on Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. She has full knowledge of different models on jobs and livelihoods to provide solutions that effectively position UNDP’s leadership in inclusive and sustainable development. She designed the mobile cash transfer system for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan response. She was involved in key missions as a response to the Syria crisis for the Jordan Host Community Programme and Lebanon UN Needs Assessment mission.

She is strategic and has designed innovative models on livelihoods and economic recovery programming in partnership with the private sector, designed and implemented the Mobile cash transfer system for Philippines Typhoon Haiyan response in partnership with Private sector (SMART) and the Government bank of Philippines and anchored UNDP’s leadership with humanitarian actors OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP and other partners such as the World Bank, the ILO, UNCDF and others.

She designed programme approaches that responds to the needs of the CO and effectively builds on UNDP’s comparative advantages, and ability to link social cohesion, governance, environment, early recovery and livelihoods. She was deployed to all key humanitarian crises of 2013 (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Philippines). She has demonstrated expertise in the wide range of UNDP’s core areas, such as debris management in Jordan response, disaster recovery and livelihoods for Philippines response and UNDP’s niche in early recovery programming (Lebanon response). She is the focal point and lead expert on Youth employment within the unit, worked on private sector partnerships and has previous work experience with ILO.

She has a Master of Arts (M.A) in Sociology, M.A., Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal