Prior to taking up her post in UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) as the Regional Nutrition Advisor in April 2015, Joan Matji worked as the UNICEF Chief of Nutrition in Ethiopia and as Senior Nutrition specialist in South Africa. During her time in the South Africa UNICEF Office Joan coordinated and facilitated the implementation of the national food fortification programme in the country. Joan has worked as a research fellow in a University of Pretoria- Yale University partnership on PMTCT that culminated in her doctoral qualification. She is a recipient of the Fogarty International Center Fellowship and previously held a visiting lectureship at the University of Pretoria and the Medical University Southern Africa in Pretoria. Joan holds a doctoral degree from the University of Pretoria and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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