Jean-Nicolas Beuze worked for more than 20 years with the United Nations in the areas of human rights (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights), peacekeeping (Department of Peacekeeping Operations [DPKO]), and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) at UN headquarters and in the field (Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Afghanistan, and the Middle East and North Africa [MENA] region) before joining the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lebanon as deputy representative for protection and inter-agency coordination.
Prior to joining the UNHCR, Jean-Nicolas was the UNICEF child protection advisor for the MENA region (2010–2013), working on emergency responses in Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and strengthening public child protection and education systems in the region. He was previously appointed as the deputy director of the Human Rights Unit of the DPKO mission in Afghanistan (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, 2008–2010), focusing on women’s rights, elections, poverty and the protection of civilians. He previously worked as a research director for a human rights think tank (International Council on Human Rights Policy) on issues of peace agreements, transitional justice, national human rights institutions and the reform of the UN human rights system. Jean-Nicolas holds an LL.M. in international human rights law from the University of Essex, Essex, United Kingdom, and a master’s degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Relations, Geneva, Switzerland.