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Jens Hesemann

Senior Policy Advisor, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD

Jens Hesemann joined the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) in September 2021, on secondment from UNHCR, and is leading the forced displacement workstream of the DAC International Network on Crisis and Fragility (INCAF). From 2019 to 2021, he was the Assistant Representative (Programme) of UNHCR in Sudan. Prior to this, Mr Hesemann served in various capacities with UNHCR since 2001, including emergency preparedness and response, as head of a field office, and in the engagement of public and private donors. He led the development of UNHCR’s new emergency management guidance tool (, and of the new emergency preparedness policy for refugee situations (Preparedness Package for Refugee Emergencies). Among other refugee and internal displacement situations, he supported the coordination of inter-agency contingency planning and emergency response during the early stages of the Syria refugee crisis. He holds an MSc Degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).


Financing for refugee situations 2018-19”, with Harsh Desai, OECD (2021)

Social protection for the forcibly displaced in low and middle-income countries”, with Jason Gagnon, OECD (2022)

States of Fragility 2022”, OECD (2022), with Jonathan Marley, Cushla Thompson, Harsh Desai