UNDP Zambia welcomes new Country DirectorOct 5, 2017
Ms. Mandisa Mashologu is the new Country Director for UNDP Zambia.
She joined UNDP on 29th September 2017. Before her assignment to Zambia she served as Deputy Country Director-Programme for UNDP Nigeria and has been Country Director a.i. from January to June 2017.
Ms. Mandisa joined the Nigeria country office in January 2015 to support UNDP’s contribution to national development priorities under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2014-2017 through programme interventions in (i) governance and peacebuilding (ii) inclusive growth, and (iii) energy and the environment.
Mandisa brings over 20 years’ experience in development work covering programmatic areas in democratic governance, poverty reduction, private sector development, and HIV and AIDS in Southern and Eastern Africa. She supported the development of the UNDP Bureau for Africa’s five regional programmes as a Regional Programme Advisor while based at the UNDP Regional Service for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has served as the UNDP Deputy Country Director – Programme in Tanzania from 2013-2015.
Prior to this, Ms. Mashologu has been the Team Leader for the Poverty Reduction and MDGs Unit in the newest UNDP country office in Africa – South Sudan. She established the Unit in 2009 while still under UNDP Sudan with the formal establishment of UNDP South Sudan in 2011. Her programme portfolio supported strategic planning, public financial management, trade and private sector development, social protection, aid effectiveness, and strengthening health systems delivery through the Global Fund programmes with an average Unit delivery of $26 million per year.
From 2006-2009, Mandisa worked within the private sector focusing on strengthening business linkages, private sector and trade development spanning ten countries within the SADC region, including lead technical advisor and project manager on four USAID funded long term projects on market access and business opportunities for small and medium enterprises.
From 2002-2006 Mandisa led the Poverty Reduction and MDGs Unit in UNDP Lesotho, focusing on technical and advisory support to the Government of Lesotho in the preparation of the National Vision, the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and its implementation, and scaling up the national response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
From 1996-2002 Mandisa worked in two major parastatals focusing on strategic planning and rural development in her native Lesotho.
Mandisa is an Economist by training and has a Master’s Degree in Economics from Canada.