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Jessica Faieta was appointed UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Latin America and the Caribbean in May 2014. Prior to that she served as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director for the same regional Bureau since October 2012.
Jessica Faieta has also worked as Senior County Director in Haiti, leading UNDP's recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake. Prior to her assignment in Haiti, she was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in El Salvador and Belize (2007-2010). During 2005-2006, she served in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG), first as Principal Officer to the Chef de Cabinet and later as Director of the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General. Ms. Faieta was also the Deputy Director and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the UNDP Administrator. She started her career with UNDP in 1991 as UNV programme officer in Guyana. She joined the Management Training Programme in 1993 as Policy Officer and subsequently as Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator and Director, Bureau for Finance and Administration. In 1997, she returned to the field as Deputy Resident Representative (DRR) in Cuba. She also served as DRR in Panama (1998-2001) and in Argentina (2001-2002). Before joining UNDP, she worked for the Canadian Embassy in Ecuador (1987-1991).
Ms. Faieta holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and another in International Affairs, both from Columbia University. She is also a Yale University World Fellow.