UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan

Mr. Edward Kallon (Sierra Leone) has been appointed as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on 14 February 2014.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Kallon was the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Representative and Country Director in India from 2013 to January 2014. He was WFP’s Regional Refugee Emergency Coordinator for Syria for the latter six months of 2012 and UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. in Iraq from February-May 2012.

Since 1992, Mr. Kallon has had numerous assignments with WFP such as: Representative and Country Director, Iraq (2008-2012); Deputy Country Director, Bangladesh (2005-2008); Deputy Country Director, Uganda (2002-2005); Programme Coordinator, Uganda (2001-2002); Programme Coordinator, Somalia (1998-2001); Programme Officer for Afghanistan, (based in Islamabad) (1995-1998); Head of Sub-Office in Herat, Afghanistan (1992-1994).

From 1990-1992 Mr. Kallon was a UN Volunteer, assigned to WFP in Kabul. Before his career began with the UN, he worked in his home country as a Socio-Economist and Community Development Coordinator for GTZMANR (1988-1990) and with Plan International during 1986 as Income Generation Project Coordinator.

He holds an M.A. in Development Studies with a specialization in Agriculture and Rural Development
from the Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands and a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education from Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone.