UNDP in The Gambia

Our Team

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Representative, who is the representative of the Administrator, heads UNDP in The Gambia and is also responsible for ensuring the effective day-to-day management of the UNDP Country Office as well as assumes overall responsibility for the UNDP programme and operations to ensure coherence and strategic direction of UNDP activities. The Resident Representative is supported by one Deputy Resident Representative, responsible for Programmes and Operations and a Senior Economist.

Ms. Mandisa Mashologu is the current Resident Reprentative. Ms. Nana Teiba Chinbuah is the Deputy in charge of Programmes and Operations, and Ms. Fatmata Lovetta Sesay is the Senior Economist.

UNDP Resident Representative in The Gambia

Ms. Mandisa Mashologu, a national of Lesotho, is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative to the Republic of The Gambia. Most recently she served as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative – Programmes, Kenya since August 2019.

Ms. Mashologu has more than 20 years’ experience in international development, holding progressively senior roles in the private sector and with UNDP. Over the course of her career she has provided strategic policy and technical advisory services, designed integrated development programmes, and championed key interventions most notably in inclusive growth, governance, poverty reduction, and HIV and AIDS.

Within UNDP, she has served in various capacities including Country Director in Zambia (2017-2019), Deputy Country Director – Programmes in Nigeria (2015 - 2017) and the same position in Tanzania (2013 - 2014), as well as Team Leader – Poverty Reduction and MDGs in Southern Sudan/South Sudan (2009 - 2012). She has supported regional programming in Africa while based at the Regional Service Centre for Africa in Ethiopia (2014) and served as Country Programme Advisor at the Regional Bureau for Africa in New York, USA (2019).

Her first role within the United Nations was as a national officer serving as UNDP’s Senior Policy Advisor/Team Leader – Poverty Reduction and MDGs in Lesotho (2002 - 2006).

Ms. Mashologu worked in the private sector as an Enterprise Development Specialist in South Africa (2006-2009), where she managed business linkages programmes across various Sub-Saharan African countries. Prior to joining UNDP, Ms. Mashologu worked as an Economist within her home country serving in a range of roles with the Highlands Development Authority and the Tourist Board from 1996 -2002 respectively.

Ms. Mashologu holds an MA in Economics from Lakehead University in Canada, and a BA (Hons) in Economics from Trent University in Canada.

Mandisa Mashologu
Senior Economist

Fatmata was the Economics Advisor and Head of the Strategy, Policy and Capacities for Economic Management (SPACE) team at UNDP in South Sudan. She was responsible for economic research, strategy formulation and implementing national development plans to solve economic problems, especially as they relate to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She monitored economic policy development and advised the UN Organizations in South Sudan and its partners on strategic policy issues and contributed to UNDP’s policy dialogue with Government and donors. Her achievements in South Sudan include; leading the preparation of the National Development Strategy (NDS), strengthening public financial management, domestic resource mobilization and supported capacity of the legislative assembly for budget oversight; establishing a team of 12 South Sudanese Economic Governance Analysts based in all the regions in the country; supported the production of economic and social statistics in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics and led the preparation of the development finance assessment for the INFF roadmap. She led research teams undertaking studies on investment opportunities, external debt stock, humanitarian assistance and Statebuilding. She also led the establishment of a research collaboration with the school of economics at the University of Juba to help increase economic research in South Sudan.
Before her assignment with UNDP in South Sudan, she was the Regional Policy Advisor on Women’s Economic Empowerment for UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office. Here, she initiated a partnership with the IMF Africa division that led to the development of a training course at the IMF Africa Institute in Mauritius on Gender and Macroeconomics. She worked as an MDGs Adviser for UNDP in New York supporting countries in Africa to prepare MDGs needs assessments and costing
She has made significant contributions to a handful of UN publications such as the National Human Development Reports, papers assessing the impact of the MDGs for women’s empowerment; project and programme assessments for various UN Agencies, development partners and national governments; and national development plans across Africa and the Caribbean, with cross-country experience in Botswana, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Saint Maarten, Sudan, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Uganda, Mano River Union countries and Zambia. She has also worked in the Africa Section in UN Women New York as Programme Specialist, supporting the Africa portfolio in 19 country offices and often acted as OIC. She oversaw a budget of over USD 20 million.
She has taught courses and facilitated workshops/ trainings for senior policymakers at UN training institutions such as ITC/ILO and the UN African Institute for Economic Development Planning (UNIDEP). She was also an invited speaker at a high-level research seminar at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, USA. Prior to joining the UN, she worked as an International Consultant providing services to a range of institutions such as the UNECA, several UN agencies, development partners and national governments. She has worked as Senior Economist in the Ministry of Finance and Office of the Vice President in Sierra Leone, building expertise in social data analysis, national strategic frameworks, national budget preparation and policy formulation. Before working as a consultant, she was a research fellow at Oxford University.
Fatmata holds a PhD in Development Economics (Ludwig Maximillian University, University of Munich, Germany), an MSC in Law and Economics (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) and a BSC degree in Education and Economics (University of Sierra Leone). Fatmata is married with three children, and she enjoys dancing and sports!

Fatmata Lovetta Sesay
Senior Management  
Mandisa Mashologu Resident Representative
Nana CHINBUAH Deputy Resident Representative
Governance and Peace Cluster  
Fatima Sonko Programme Analyst
Eline Cole Programme Associate
Shella Ngwa M&E Analyst
Poverty and Inclusive Growth Cluster  
Oumie Joof  Programme Specialist
Lamin Darboe Programme Analyst
Amie Khan RFF Project Analyst
Ousman Gaku Migration Project Analyst
Alieu Bangura  Project Associate
Environment and Climate Cluster  
Sambou Nget  Programme Specialist
Alhagie Abass Kinteh Programme Analyst
Bernard Martin Mendy UPOPS Finance Officer
Lamin S. Jammeh NAMA Project Manager
Pa Lamin Dibba NAMA Project Engineer
Gilbertha Badgie  NAMA Project M&E
Strategic and Economic Policy Unit  
Fatmata Lovetta Sesay Senior Economist
Binta Barry National Economist 
Mariam Njai Communications Analyst
Accelerator Lab  
  Adama Jallow Head of Exploration
Administrative Unit  
Nyangsarang Joof Dubois Common Services Associate
JOSEPHINE AGOFURE Executive Assistant 
Mariam Ndoye Registry Clerk
Haddy Ceesay-Joof Receptionist
Finance Unit  
Abdou Sallah Finance Assistant
Aji Marie Camara Programme Finance Associate
Human Resource Unit  
Alagie Saidy HR Associate
Information and Communication Technology  
Baboucarr Foon ICT Associate
Procurement Unit  
Essa Coker Admin and Procurement Associate
Marie Chorr Bah M&E Officer
Ansumana Sanneh Driver
Paul Lamin Sambou Driver
Lamin Queen Manneh Driver
Sutay Sima Driver
Kinneh Sanyang Driver


UNDP The Gambia Organogram