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Janak Raj Joshi

Janak Raj Joshi joined the Institute as a Senior Institutional Peace Process Expert in November 2020. He is a former Member of the Constituent Assembly (CA) and Parliament of Nepal and contributed to the drafting of the Constitution of Nepal through the CA Committees. As a Member of Parliament, he has acquired experience on issues of governance, transparency, accountability, and the political process.

As a Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, he designed and implemented the Nepal peace process, especially during peace negotiations that finally altered the political atlas of Nepal. He worked as Member-Secretary to an inclusive and all-party High-level Peace Committee responsible for providing technical support to the Peace Negotiation Team and was involved in the design and implementation of a ceasefire agreement and its monitoring. Other experience includes serving as Member-Secretary to the Interim Constitution Drafting Committee. He was involved in the drafting, negotiation and implementation of a Comprehensive Peace Agreement, Tri-partite Agreement (Government- Maoists and the UNMIN) on the Management of Arms and Armies of the Maoist combatants in the cantonments. He also served as key interlocutor for the Government of Nepal in the design, management and implementation of a multi-donor funded Joint Peace Trust Fund.

He is experienced in peace process (dialogue, negotiation, mediation and facilitation), political processes including Constitution writing, parliamentary process, business of governance, conflict management and capacity building. He has a background within multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies including UNDP/Nepal, United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), the UK-Department for International Development (DfID)/Nepal, and UNDP/Afghanistan

He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines and trained as a mid-career professional in Public Administration from the American University, Washington DC, USA under Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship.