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International Welcomes Narinder Sharma
Narinder Sharma is a dedicated humanitarian, with over 30 years of experience providing leadership and developmental assistance within developing countries including Uganda, Sudan (Darfur), Syria, Iran, Somalia, Angola, Yemen, Kenya, and India. Notably, he has spent over 25 years with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) holding the positions of Chief of Field Offices, Program Coordinator, Deputy Representative and Water and Environmental Sanitation Expert. He has led and managed teams up to 180 staff members, as well as managed programs with yearly budgets of more than $25m providing services in recovery and reconstruction, infrastructure development, provision of drinking water and sanitation, education, primary healthcare and nutrition, child rights and community development.
The countries he has served in have a history of challenging political environments and armed conflicts that have caused major humanitarian crisis requiring great efforts in diplomacy. His assignments have also included UN Area Coordination in northern Uganda and coordinating security of UN/NGO staff as the UN Security Coordinator in East Africa and the Middle East. Narinder has frequently lectured at the University of Guelph, in the areas of international development, politics, refugee assistance and humanitarian response. He is also currently serving as the VP of Canadian Association of Former International Civil Servants (CAFICS) with headquarters in Montreal.
Narinder holds a Master’s degree in Geology and is a seasoned expert in water and sanitation projects.
The International office is honoured to have Narinder join our project coordination team to launch the new Uganda Skills Development Project (USDP) with Bukalasa Agricultural College. Valued at approximately $3million the USDP is funded by the World Bank, implemented through the Ministry of Education and Sport and will be carried out by the Faculty of Agriculture over the next three years.