Omar DIOP has more than 15 years of experience supporting education policy and practice in developing countries. He is currently the Head of Education sector at the UNESCO New Delhi Office for India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Maldives.
Prior to joining the New Delhi Office, Omar worked for more than 10 years with UNESCO, most recently in its International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as the Senior Programme Specialist. In this capacity, he established and managed the Teacher Development Cluster, supporting the Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025, of the African Union Continental Agenda 2063. He also supported several African countries in developing holistic teacher policies and regional economic communities in developing regional qualification frameworks, teacher professional standards, and social dialogue frameworks.
Before IICBA, Omar worked at UNESCO HQ in Paris, mostly on issues of strategic planning and field support in Education. Omar was part of the coordination team of the capacity development for education for all (CapEFA) programme, now called CapED. He conducted a series of interventions pertaining to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), literacy and non-formal education, teachers, technical and vocational education and training, and policy and planning.
- Head of Education & Programme Specialist, UNESCO New Delhi Cluster Office