Esther Oester is an economist with a minor in Sociology. She worked in different NGOs mainly in long-term development, after her first job with CFD she accomplished a MAS in development cooperation with a project assistance with www.swisstph.ch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In 1998, Esther was director of a NGO in Switzerland: Brücke – Le pont with projects in Latin America and Africa.
Previously, she worked for 2 years for Solidarmed in Tanzania at a time when the rollout of medication against HIV/AIDS was important. Esther worked for over 6 years as head of division at Swiss Red Cross, she was responsible for programs for up to 16 countries in Africa and Latin America. During this period, additional health questions became important like blood transfusion and health in fragile states. That led her to work with The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) as a human security adviser in South Sudan, a country quivered by civil war.
In 2015 she was director of cooperation in Afghanistan for Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Furthermore, she worked in an interim position at SDC as a desk officer for Central America.
Recently, she joined the foundation of the Non-Profit Organisation Primavera de Paz in 2018 with Yira Marcela Godoy.