||Senior Policy Officer - Gender Equality
||United States of America
Kate Burns is the Senior Policy Officer for Gender Equality with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (UN OCHA) in New York. Her primary function is to guide the implementation of OCHA's policy on gender equality in OCHA and work closely with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) to ensure gender mainstreaming in all humanitarian action. She is spearheading the development of internationally recognized norms and standards for gender mainstreaming in humanitarian response, developing gender experts' roster pools, interactive learning on gender equality and policy formulation on accountability to affected people.
Kate has worked for over 37 years in international development and humanitarian affairs primarily in Africa residing from 1975 to 2003 outside of the US mostly in Africa. She has worked with the United Nations, NGOs, academia and governments in such areas as public health, reproductive health, community development, gender equality, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS. Most recently Kate worked with the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and with UNHCR where she was the Head of the Public Health Unit and led successful initiatives to bring reproductive health and prevention and response to gender-based violence programmes to refugees and others affected by conflict.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
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