Major General José Eladio Alcaín


Head of Mission / Chief Military Observer


Major General José Alcaín of Uruguay joined the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) as Head of Mission and Chief Military Observer on 20 July 2018.


Major General Alcaín has had a distinguished career with the Uruguayan Army since 1977.  Most recently, he held the position of Director of the National Health Service of the Armed Forces (2015-2018).  Prior to this, he served as Third Mechanized Cavalry Brigade Commander and as Director of the Architecture and Engineering Section of the National Health Service of the Armed Forces (2012-2013).  He also worked as instructor at the Uruguayan Peacekeeping Training Centre (2000-2017) and the Uruguayan War College (2003-2018).


Major General Alcaín has extensive peacekeeping experience, having served in five peacekeeping operations, including the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) (1994-1995), the United Nations Angola Verification Mission III (UNAVEM) (1996-1997), the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) (1999-2000), the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) (2003-2004), and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (2006-2007 and 2011-2012).


He graduated from the Uruguayan War College and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Political Science from the Uruguayan National University.  He has also attended the UN Senior Mission Leaders course in 2017.


Major General Alcaín is married and has two children.



Nester Odaga-Jalomayo 

Chief of Mission Support

Nester Odaga-Jalomayo of Uganda joined the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) on 6 July, 2014 as the Chief of Mission Support (CMS). Prior to this, he served in similar capacity at the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone from December 2012 to June 2014.

He brings with him 16 years' experience at the United Nations. Before joining the UN, he worked for 19 years as a Foreign Service Officer for his government.

Mr. Odaga-Jalomayo started his career in the UN as a Budget Officer in UN Headquarters in New York in 1999 before going to serve as a Chief Budget Officer in Freetown, Sierra Leone (2000-2005) and Port-au-Prince, Haïti (2006-2007). He was later appointed the Chief of Administrative Services for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (2007-2012)

Mr. Odaga-Jalomayo holds a Master degree in Policy Analysis and Financial Management from Columbia University, New York, Diploma in International Trade and Finance from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, the Netherlands, Advanced Professional Training in Development Diplomacy from the German Foundation for International Development (DSE), Berlin, Germany and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political Science and Philosophy from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. In addition, he has received extensive professional training from reputed international institutions as well as from the UN.

Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Leadership and Governance at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya.