Maria Reha has over 15 Years of experience with, UNAMA/Afghanistan, UNMIS/Sudan UNMISS/South Sudan, UNMIL/Liberia, UNDP/Afghanistan, UNDP/Liberia UN-WFP/Kabul, UN-WFP/Provincial level, UNOCHA, Oxfam-GB/Kabul, Oxfam-GB/Provincial level, CIR and the Afghan government.
Maria was Civic Education Officer during the 2004 elections in Afghanistan; Election Field Support Officer in Liberia; Civic Education Specialist in Sudan for the 2008 & 2009 elections; Public Outreach Officer in South Sudan-Western Bahr-el-Ghizal during the 2010 referendum, Civic Education Specialist with UNDP in Liberia/Monrovia; UNDP/Capacity Development Officer in Afghanistan; WFP/Public Information Officer; WFP/Food Aid Monitoring & Evaluation Officer; Oxfam/Gender Equity Program Officer; Oxfam/Country Gender Advisor; CIR Country Gender Advisor. Maria also worked as teacher trainer in northern Afghanistan’s Nasir Khisraw Pedagogical college, and as translator with UNOCHA.
She has experience in supporting the peace process, gender issues, public information, civic education, field support TOT. She has developed gender policy, designed methodologies, supported elections strategic plans by conducting needs assessments. She conducted research and assessments on access to justice at the district level, primary courts in Afghanistan, and cases of disability, gender issues, and income generation projects.
Maria has an MA in Islamic History & Islamic culture, a BA in International law from Peshawar University, a BA in Islamic Law from Islamic World Network, a one-year diploma in Journalism. She has developed five languages: Arabic, Urdu, Pushtu, and her mother tongue Dari/Persian.