Janet Macharia

Dr Janet Kabeberi-Macharia , Head of Gender and Social Safeguards Unit - UNEP
Biographical data

Dr. Janet Kabeberi Machariais the UNEP Head of the Gender and Social Safeguards Unit and is the Senior Gender Adviser. At UNEP, she has focused on systematic integration of gender in UNEP’s operational work, alongside efforts to strengthen institutional recognition of operational responsibilities and greater accountability for gender work by management and staff. This will enable UNEP to move from a “self motivated” gender-mainstreaming attitude to greater institutionalization and recognition of gender mainstreaming as a key driver in programme delivery. This task has involved providing transformative policy advice and technical support on gender mainstreaming to the UNEP staff located in the divisions and regional offices and partners.

From 2001 to 2007,  Janet   worked for UNDP as the Regional Gender and Development Specialist located within the Regional Service Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, covering 23 UNDP country offices in the East and Southern Africa region. At UNDP, Janet was involved in providing technical support to UNDP country offices and relevant Government Ministries at all levels of programme planning,  implementation and monitoring.  Before joining UNDP, she was the National Programmes Officer for UNIFEM Regional office for the Eastern African based in Nairobi Kenya. Prior to joining the UN in 1997, Janet was employed as a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi, for a period of ten years. She was the first Kenyan woman employed as a Lecturer in Law in 1987. She has also been a visiting Law Lecturer at the Universities of Warwick, Oslo. Pretoria and Zimbabwe and is a member of various legal professional associations.

Janet is a lawyer by profession and holds a PhD in Law from the University of Warwick and Master of Laws from Columbia University and an LL.B from the University of Nairobi. Her career spans academia, non-governmental organizations, and international development organizations and she has over 25 years’ experience in research, training, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of rights based programmes.

She has extensively published books and articles in referred journals in various areas with a particular focus on gender issues, children's rights, women's human rights, law and development, and, environmental law.