Jéronime is Economist, specialized in Business Administration & Management, sustainable development, and the leadership of organizations both international and national. Jéronime is a strong Expert in Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls across sectors: poverty alleviation especially through sustainable economic development, girls’ education, ending GBV, empowerment of the youth, women’s rights and female movements. Jéronime started her professional endeavors very early, nearly 30 years ago with SNV, and demonstrates a particular attention and a big heart for the most vulnerable, with unshakable integrity to human values and dignity.
Jeronime is multitalented with areas of expertise non-limited to strategic planning, compliance, leadership of teams and country missions, the management of large-scale development and humanitarian programs, government and donor relations.
Sierra Leone is the third country where Jéronime will be leading UN Women’s mission. Prior to coming to Freetown, Jéronime brilliantly led the transitions in Mali (our largest country office in West and Central Africa) and in the Central African Republic. Before to joining Un Women in 2018, she was country representative for renown American organizations: World Learning and The Africa-America Institute (AAI) in Benin; and CARE International in DRC. Several times Chief of Party and Country Representative, Jeronime championed regional research and advocacy projects, with lasting impacts on national legislations (e.g. VAW, Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN/R1325, child marriage, child labor, Governance) in Ghana, Benin, Mali, CAR and the DR Congo. Beside SNV, World Learning, AAI and CARE International, Jéronime previously worked for the Catholic Relief Services, Plan International; and coordinated Managers’ leadership for World Vision, Save The Children and Aga Khan Foundation.
Jéronime is solicited to advise women’s rights financing in Africa by foundations such as the Global Fund for Women, the African Women Development Funds and New Field Foundations. A (co)founding member of many women’s rights-driven civil society organizations including SIN-DO, NAWE & AFF, Jéronime has hands-on competency in CSO partnership and capacity building as well.
Her achievements in teambuilding, resource mobilization, program quality and development, donors’ relations, results generation with human development successes, management coaching, people mentoring, organizational change, women’s and girls’ rights, are remarkable in several African Countries, including Benin, Ghana, Mali, DRC and CAR.
Jéronime owns a Master of Science Degree in Economics from Benin’s National University (UAC), and a Master of Arts Degree in Sustainable International Development from the prestigious Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA. She has several certificates in the Management of People, Programs and Organizations, and in Gender from African, US and Israeli universities and centers (e.g.: Egerton University in Kenya, Golda Meir International Center in Israel, the World Bank-funded ICT center in Uganda, online from Harvard University) and other online academic sources such as CARE Academy, Plan International, UN, etc.
Jeronime is particularly renowned for, but not limited to the following:
- Being honest and respectful and for inducing memorably positive impacts on people she works with.
- Being collaborative, keeping teams together and focused anywhere; she leads to targets, for people’s well-being.
- Leading stakeholders, including staff members, IPs, government services, CSOs and beneficiaries, through compliance with policies and ethics. She brings with her 16 years of Chief of Party knowledge which she accumulated from USAID and Global Affairs Canada funded landmark programs, in economic empowerment; gender sensitive and transparent public governance of educational systems; ending GBV, child trafficking and domestic work.
- Setting unprecedented records of successes in women’s leadership and participation, large donor programs, women’s funding. She co-crafted impactful rural and suburban women’s participation in Beijing, normative transformation to fight GBV, and economic empowerment. She led donors’ and UN support to get the anti-GBV bill passed by both the parliament and the Government in Benin; her work supported years of groundbreaking changes in decentralized administrations which innovated by ruling GBV before the country’s bill.
- Coaching Managers to successfully achieve results across cultural and gender diversities, focusing on gender, deadlines, human beings and sustainability among others.