Abigail Jones joined the GICHD in March 2019 as an Advisor on Gender and Diversity. Her work focuses on the reduction of risk from explosive ordnance in a gender and diversity sensitive and responsive manner. Her portfolio consists of planning and delivering projects that assist national authorities to mainstream gender and diversity in all aspects of mine action programming in order to increase their efficiency and effectiveness. As such, she provides technical advice to national authorities, United Nations, non-governmental organisations and other mine action stakeholders on various topics related to gender and diversity. She participates in research and is responsible for coordinating the development of various courses related to gender and diversity in mine action.
Before joining the GICHD, Abigail Jones worked as an Advisor for the Gender and Mine Action Programme (GMAP), an independent organisation building capacity on gender and diversity in the mine action sector. She had a brief hiatus from mine action, during which she retrained as a teacher through the Teach First programme that seeks to address education inequality in the UK. Prior to that, Abigail Jones worked with Danish Refugee Council’s specialist mine action unit the Danish Demining Group as the Global Risk Education Technical Adviser, traveling extensively to all countries in which DDG operated and providing technical advice on risk education related to mines, ERW, small arms, and IEDs, as well as on non-technical survey. She previously worked for the GMAP as Programme Manager and Programme Officer, as well as for the Mines Advisory Group as a Community Liaison Manager in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Abigail Jones holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Birmingham, an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and is also a qualified teacher recognised by the UK Department of Education.