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									                  CURRICULUM VITAE FOR K.E.S. KIRBY

Home address:

       P.O. Box 593
       Thimphu, Bhutan
       Telephone (residence): (975-2) 322358; (office): (975-2) 322424
       Email:; [please send correspondence to
both addresses]


       Professional editor/writer since 1974; more than 20 years in management.

       Consultant for United Nations Human Security Commission/Norwegian
Refugee Council [Global IDP Project], New York/Geneva (June-September 2002).
Researched and wrote a jointly published paper on causes of internal displacement,
analysing reasons for and circumstances of forced displacement as a primary political
and military aim in countries worldwide. Using case studies based on Internet sources
as email and telephone and telephone interviews with different humanitarian actors,
focussed on policy recommendations.

        Consultant for UNDP communications, UNDP, Thimphu, Bhutan (May-
June 2002). Wrote and edited first-ever UNDP Bhutan InfoKit, including modules on
Bhutan’s unique approach to development; UNDP’s history and focus in the
Kingdom; the United Nations System’s commitment to partnership at the country
level; decentralisation and people’s participation; rural enterprise development;
poverty monitoring; integrating development and environmental conservation;
Information and Communications Technology for development; and the accelerating
threat of HIV/AIDS. Also conceptualised and wrote UNDP Bhutan communications
strategy 2002-2004.

        Consultant to the CCA/UNDAF process, United Nations System, Male’,
Maldives (March-May 2002). Facilitated process for formulating United Nations
Development Assistance Framework for six United Nations Agencies based in or
responsible for Maldives. Maldives chose to combine its CCA, analysing and
reviewing the development situation and identifying key issues, with the UNDAF,
which shows how the United Nations as a whole will address those key issues.
Facilitated discussions among Inter-Agency representatives to identify 14 key
development challenges in Maldives and, based upon those discussions and reviews
of national documents, to set goals, objectives, sub-objectives and areas for further
collaboration among a select set of priorities for the United Nations System (2003-
2007). In close consultation with the United Nations Country Team, wrote, edited and
finalised comprehensive UNDAF document.
        Consultant to the UNDAF process, United Nations System, Jakarta,
Indonesia (January-March 2002). Facilitated process for United Nations Development
Assistance Framework among 18 United Nations Agencies in Indonesia.
Facilitated/participated in five Thematic Groups and UNDAF Steering Committee
during intensive consultations on setting priorities for goals, objectives, sub-
objectives and areas for further collaboration for the United Nations System during
the period 2002-2005. In close consultation with the United Nations Country Team,
wrote, edited and finalised comprehensive UNDAF document.

        Special Assistant to the Resident Co-ordinator, United Nations System,
Thimphu, Bhutan (January 2000-January 2002). As the first person to hold this
position in the country, major duties included significant improvement in
collaboration and co-ordination among United Nations Agencies in Bhutan; between
United Nations Agencies and the Royal Government; and among the United Nations
and other development partners both inside and outside Bhutan. Head of Partnerships
and United Nations System Co-ordination Unit, UNDP. Central role in planning,
development and co-ordination of all United Nations System activities, including
formulation, writing and editing of major documents such as Common Country
Assessment and United Nations Development Assistance Framework. Central role in
consultations and preparations for Round Table Meeting, held in Thimphu in
November 2000 (first ever in recipient country). Central role in United Nations
System linkage to formulation of Royal Government’s Ninth Five Year Plan (2002-
2007). UNHCR training in international humanitarian assistance and disaster
management, August 2001; central role in tracking of refugee affairs and preparations
for repatriation and reintegration of Bhutanese refugees in Nepal. Prepared and wrote
United Nations briefing papers for high-level delegations on sensitive issues including
refugee affairs, human rights and national security; provided verbal briefings on focus
topics. Focal point for United Nations System advocacy. Initiated regular UN/Bhutan
Forums on variety of topics as advocacy tool for all United Nations Agencies;
likewise, initiated UN Radio Programme in local languages. Initiated United Nations
Bhutan bimonthly online publication, Innovations. Provided technical assistance and
advice      to    all    Agencies     on     topics    and    documents       including
governance/decentralisation, first National Human Development Report, and
HIV/AIDS. Co-ordinator of United Nations System response to natural and other
disasters in Bhutan. Speechwriter for Resident Co-ordinator. Wrote script and
provided technical assistance for television documentary on role of Bhutanese women
in the 21st Century, produced for International Women’s Day 2000.

        Consultant to the CEDAW process, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thimphu,
Bhutan (September-December 1999, May-June 2002). Researched, analysed and
finalised Bhutan’s first country report on national compliance with the Convention on
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The
comprehensive report, which represented the combined first six periodic reports to be
submitted by Bhutan, included a general introduction to the status of women in
Bhutan, as well as an extensive examination of the legal status of women in the
country; family life; education of women; women’s access to health services; women
and employment; sharing of power and decision-making; women’s access to
economic structures and the productive process, including the right to bank loans and
other forms of credit; violence against women; and creating awareness of gender
issues, as well as recommendations of areas for further consideration and action.
Many of these women’s issues had never previously been examined in-depth in the

       Communications consultant, CNET, San Francisco, USA (June-
August 1999). Employed as writing coach to a team of more than 60 journalists for, a leading global source of technology news and commerce-related
information and data that serves millions of users daily. Offered guidance in
improving award-winning content on coverage of enterprise computing,
communications, entertainment and media, personal technology and e-business.

        Communications consultant (originally Communications Officer), World
Wildlife Fund, Thimphu, Bhutan (1997-1999). Major duties included development,
production and dissemination of an array of innovative public information and
promotional materials to support WWF’s communications and environmental
awareness campaign activities, as well as creative expansion and diversification of
communications strategies and methods. Editorial assistance provided to programme
staff during preparation of technical reports, project proposals and other materials on
WWF’s work. Technical assistance provided to WWF conservation partners,
including Forestry Services Division/Ministry of Agriculture, Royal Society for the
Protection of Nature, Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation, National
Women’s Association of Bhutan and Sherubtse College, in the development of reports
and other informational materials. Outlined initial communications strategy.
Publications included writing and designing of comprehensive three-year review of
WWF programme, as well as 1999 WWF Bhutan Country Profile; draft of book on
Buddhism and the environment; booklets on the status of the tiger in Bhutan and the
national fight against poaching; and “WWF in Bhutan” brochure. Conceptualised and
developed graphics/art materials to be used in WWF Bhutan publications and public
awareness campaigns. Developed in-house fundraising capacity, including initiation
of marketing ideas and cultivation of corporate contacts. Delegate to World Congress
of Environmental Journalists, Sri Lanka, 1998.

        Freelance editor/writer, Thimphu, Bhutan (1997-present). Regular clients
include the National Environment Commission, for whom numerous documents have
been edited and rewritten, including the National Environment Strategy, the first
national survey of industrial violations, several Greenhouse Gas projects,
Environmental Impact Assessment guidelines and urban sewerage reports; Bhutan
Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation, for whom Website content and design
have been formulated; and SNV/Netherlands Development Organisation, for whom
projects have included editing of micro-finance reports and strengthening of Website
content. Conducted Bhutanese media content analysis for UNFPA on adolescent
reproductive health issues and wrote/designed UNICEF booklet on 25 years of rural
water and sanitation assistance in the country. Writer of speeches and background
papers, primarily on reproductive health and gender issues, for Her Majesty the Queen
of Bhutan, Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.

        Enterprise/Sunday editor (originally deputy city editor), San Francisco
Chronicle (1993-1997), with responsibility for all major news and feature projects, as
well as Sunday Chronicle (initiated section, which focused on investigative/in-depth
coverage of national, regional and local topics); Page 1 news, graphics and photo
selection; liaison with heads of all departments. Supervised 70 metro news reporters.
        Previously with Los Angeles Times (1981-1993), as assistant foreign editor,
Washington assignment editor, deputy View editor. Responsibilities included
helping to conceptualise international coverage and managing 32 foreign
correspondents, as well as directing coverage of Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, political
collapse of Soviet Union, reconfiguration of Eastern Europe and U.S. invasion of
Panama. Oversaw staff of 50 in Washington during Iran-Contra investigation, U.S.
bombing of Libya. Member, team of editors and reporters awarded Pulitzer Prize for
coverage of Los Angeles riots, 1993. First co-ordinator/liaison between news and
feature sections of the newspaper. Los Angeles Times award as Editor of the Year,

       Other positions include news editor, San Diego Tribune (1979-1981), in
charge of Page 1 news selection and all layout/design; night city editor, news editor
and other jobs, The Daily Review, Hayward, Calif. (1976-1979); general assignment
reporter, Lincoln (Neb.) Evening Journal (1975-1976); general assignment
reporter, The Lincoln Star (1974-1975). Newspaper Fund internship, The
Washington Post, 1975.


        B.A. with high distinction, University of Nebraska (USA), 1976; majors:
journalism and political science; minors: English, history, German, art history.
Member Phi Beta Kappa honorary society for academic achievement.

Other experience:

       Author of numerous articles on Bhutan and other topics, Los Angeles
Times, San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner, Seattle Times, National Geographic News
Service, Kuensel (Bhutan’s national newspaper), Tashi Delek in-flight magazine
(Druk-Air), 1986-present.

       Journalism instructor for new reporters, Kuensel, 2000-present.

       Contributing editor, Cracks in the Iron Closet, Farber & Farber: 1996;
Gliders of the Night, Smithsonian Institution Press: 1986.

       Freelance editor, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1996.

      One of 20 Americans selected to attend U.S.-USSR Emerging Young
Leaders conference, 1989.


       English, excellent reading, writing and speaking;
       German, good reading and speaking, fair writing;
       Dzongkha, good speaking, slight reading and writing;

       U.S. citizen, born Lincoln, Nebraska, 29/12/55; resident of Bhutan; married
(husband is citizen of Bhutan).

Salary history and preferred salary:

       Available on request.


        Mr. Shun-ichi Murata, Professor, Chair in Conflict Resolution and Public
Policy, School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, Kobe, Japan (formerly
Resident Co-ordinator of the UN System’s Operational Activities for Development in
        Mr. Minh H. Pham, Resident Co-ordinator, United Nations System, Male’,
        Ms. Gro Skaaren-Fystro, Special Assistant to the Resident Co-ordinator,
Jakarta, Indonesia
        Mr. Bo Asplund, Resident Co-ordinator, United Nations System, Jakarta,
        Mr. Michael T. Yamamoto, Managing Editor, CNET, San
Francisco (formerly city editor, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington news editor,
Los Angeles Times)
        Ms. Karen Wada, Senior Editor, Los Angeles Magazine (formerly deputy
managing editor, Los Angeles Times)
        H.E. Lyonpo Jigmi Y. Thinley, Hon’ble Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Thimphu, Bhutan
        H.E. Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, Hon’ble Chief Justice, High Court, Thimphu,
        Mr. Kinzang Namgay, Country Representative, WWF Bhutan Programme,
Thimphu, Bhutan
        Dr. Dechen Tsering, Head, Policy and Planning Division, National
Environment Commission, Thimphu, Bhutan

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