Olaf Juergensen

Regional Development and Mine Acton Specialist

Based in: Regional Hub for Europe and CIS

From: Canada

Studied at: Queen’s University (PhD)

Languages: English, German, Portuguese




Hi, I'm Olaf Juergensen. My main areas of expertise are:  

1. Mine Action

2. Sustainable Development

3. Conflict Prevention and Early Recovery

4. Forced Migration

5. Capacity Development in Fragile States  

I have over 20 years of research, policy and programme implementation experience in the area of sustainable development and conflict prevention, with a focus on mine action, support for early recovery and livelihoods, and forced displacement.


My work

I provide strategic policy and programme support to UNDP country offices on aligning peacebuilding and early recovery activities with long term sustainable development goals. This includes advice on building national institutional management and planning capacity, supporting evidenced based planning and project design, and resource mobilization. During my professional career with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and UNDP I have been posted to Angola, Jordan, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States.


Some achievements  

2014-2016  UNDP Conflict Prevention Team Leader New York

2011-2014  UNDP Deputy Country Director Programmes Angola

2010  UNDP Conflict Prevention and Recovery Advisor Iraq

2004-10  UNDP Chief Technical Advisor to the National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation Jordan

2001-2004  UNDP Chief Technical Advisor at the National Institute for Demining in Mozambique

1998-2000  International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Senior Programme Officer Peacebuilding and Reconstruction Unit

1995-1998  IDRC Research Associate Environment and Natural Resources


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