Mr. Wael Al-Ashhab is a Canadian/Jordanian, he has a first degree in Civil Engineering with more than 25 years of programme management experience, in different capacities in the private sector and United Nations.
He has been working with United Nations as an International professional for the last 18 years. He worked for UNICEF Iraq between the years 1999 and 2007 in the planning design and implementation of basic services and infrastructure projects (Water and Sanitation, Schools Sanitation, and Community Infrastructure) in conflict, post conflict and early recovery context.
He joined UN-Habitat Iraq Programme in March 2007 as the Head of Infrastructure and Basic Services Pillar, managing a programme covering a number of projects under the post conflict, early recovery and development of Iraq; such as Rehabilitation of Diwaniyah Water and Sanitation networks, Public Sector reform (Water Sector), Local Area Urban Development Plan, and upgrading housing and basic & community infrastructure. He was also the co-lead of the WASH Sector on behalf of UN-Habitat between 2007 and 2011.
He is currently the Head of UN-Habitat Country Office in Sudan, managing a portfolio focusing on Regional Spatial Planning in post conflict context, Urban Basic Services and Infrastructure for IDPs and host communities, in addition he was chairing the Programme Management Team of the UNCT in Sudan, coordinating the development of the country CCA and UNDAF for 2018-2021, and a number of joint programmes.
He has been assigned recently by the Regional Office to manage Jordan Office to build the capacity of the programme and provide guidance to the staff in Amman.
Mr. Al-Ashhab has extensive experience in programme management on physical planning, design and implementation of infrastructure, basic services and related capacity development pogrammes; including community-based water and sanitation projects, upgrading of IDP settlement and housing projects, vocational training for youth and women, and public sector reform- for water and sanitation services delivery.