Jose Ramon A.

Social Protection Specialist

Doctoral DegreeUniversidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)

Bangkok, Thailand


I am curious by nature and passionate about learning. I read voraciously and like exploring a wide range of subjects. I hold a bachelor’s degree in sociology and masters degrees in population studies, applied economics, and project management for development cooperation. I am currently PhD candidate in Sociology. I enjoy performing research and analysis that help make informed decisions. The decisions we make, whether as organizations or individuals, are only as good as the data analysis that supports them. My skills include, but are not limited to, research, strategy development, statistical analysis, qualitative methods, and project management. My skills were sharpened early in my career as a researcher at the Center for Demographic Studies. Later, I applied my expertise in the service of various agencies of the United Nations (Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations Population Fund, World Health Organization) and the Secretariat. My work experience includes work in population and development, social protection, employment, decent work, human rights, gender, migrations, and market research. Due to my outstanding achievements during my undergraduate studies, I was awarded scholarships yearly. After my first master´s degree, I was invited to participate in the prestigious European Doctoral School of Demography, organized by the Max Planck Institute, in Germany and France. Soon after, in Spain, I won the competition for a Junior Professional Officer position with the United Nations. I have just drafted the Lao PDR's National Social Protection Strategy. Working for the World Health Organization, I coordinated and supervised a region-wide research effort for developing and publishing twelve country profiles on Asia-Pacific countries. Health and wellbeing are of paramount importance to me. I practice several sports, yoga, and meditation. I love traveling, learning languages, and immersing myself in foreign cultures.

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