Transfer of Knowledge through Expatriate Nationals (TOKTEN)

The TOKTEN Programme was established in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in 1994 and was a successful human resource mobilization project, recruiting highly skilled expatriate professionals to serve as short-term volunteers.

Since its inception, the programme has added significance for the Palestinian people and was able to tap into the diverse and outstanding human resources of more than 10 million Palestinians residing abroad. Over 350 Palestinian women and men, from outside the West Bank and Gaza, and from many walks of life, have volunteered their services in a variety of disciplines to strengthen Palestinian institutions. They have ranged from civil aviation experts to strategic planners and education and public health experts to leaders in information technology.

As part of its support to institutional development, UNDP is reintroducing the TOKTEN Palestinian programme in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Programme will enhance national affinity across borders and contribute to human resource development in good governance, public and private sector development, social and cultural sectors to achieve sustainable human development and build the national capacity of Palestinian civil servants and technocrats.

It will build up knowledge networks locally and internationally, across countries where TOKTEN consultants are currently residing, and in the State of Palestine; transferring advanced knowledge and skills in cost-effective ways through a practical, effective and demand-driven scheme.

UNDP/PAPP is currently constructing a data bank, which will have information about the Palestinian Diaspora, including experts who are ready to contribute to Palestinian development efforts. The TOKTEN Programme will be the tool to facilitate their contribution.

Through the TOKTEN Palestinian Programme, UNDP will recruit highly skilled expatriate female and male Palestinian professionals to serve as short-term volunteers (3 weeks to 3 months), thereby providing top-level technical expertise, policy advice and research to numerous Palestinian ministries, universities, research centres, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) as well as private sector Palestinian Institutions.

For further information about the TOKTEN Programme, please contact:

Mr Khaled Shahwan, UNDP Deputy Special Representative (Operations)
Tel: 972-2-6268200
Fax: 972-2-6268222
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