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Jessica Hjarrand

Jessica is a technical specialist in the field of education with more than 15 years of experience. In her current work, she focuses on strategic and monitoring and evaluation support. Currently, she is a Senior Analyst with Porticus and she also serves as Technical Advisor to the Private Foundation Constituency of the Board of Directors for the Global Partnership for Education, supporting the role of Randa Grob-Zakhary as the Foundations Representative to the Board. Prior to this, Jessica was the Advocacy Coordinator for the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and also served with UNESCO in conflict affected countries including South Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan, developing and managing programs and projects across education and freedom of expression. She has also worked on education related projects in Colombia and Nepal, and spent many years as a teacher in primary, secondary and adult education, mainly with refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. Jessica earned an MPhil in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oslo, a teacher certification from Hamline University and a BA in English from Siena College. She is based in Amsterdam.