Faniya Mussayeva is an international development expert with over 18 years of experience working with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and its Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Western Africa.
Prior to HKS, in her recent role of Chief Social Policy with UNICEF Country Office in Yemen, Faniya was responsible for the engagement in social policy dialogue in complex and politically sensitive environment, promotion of the ‘humanitarian+’ agenda, generation of evidence on the situation of the poorest and most vulnerable, capacity development of public institutions and civil society, and supporting the socially excluded/marginalized to survive the armed conflict and strengthen their resilience against covariate and idiosyncratic shocks and stresses. When working in The Gambia, Faniya advocated for and technically supported the Government of The Gambia in launching the social protection reform. In her role with UNICEF Kazakhstan, she focused on public finance, good governance and social services reforms for children and their families. While working with UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), she advised on the strategic regional positioning on public finance, decentralization and local governance in the MENA region.
Faniya has also professional experience in promotion of judicial and penitentiary reforms, freedom of assembly and association, civic diplomacy, election observation, women empowerment, human rights monitoring, democratization, political party building and public participation in countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Faniya holds BA degrees in law and in international affairs, and an MA degree in human rights from the University of Essex, UK. She is a Draper Hills summer fellow (Stanford University), Leadership Academy fellow (Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, and Economic Research Center), and is trained in evidence-based policy analysis and advocacy (University of Maastricht). Currently, she is an MC/MPA candidate, Harvard Kennedy School.
This information is accurate for the time period that this person is affiliated with the Ash Center.