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UNICEF Representative Biography

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UNICEF Representative Biography

Detlef Palm has worked for 29 years in development and humanitarian aid programmes. With UNICEF for over 26 years, in Africa, NYHQ, and in Albania. Continues to actively contribute to organizational change.

Since March 2009, Representative in Albania.  Albania has been a "Delivering As One" pilot country.  Helped to advance organizational discussions related to UN coherence and UNICEF's role in middle income countries. The Albania UN team recently submitted one of the first common UN country programme documents to its governing bodies.

From May 2005, Deputy Director in the UNICEF Office of Internal Audit. Helped to reform the internal audit strategy with a shift of emphasis from compliance to risk management and a new Fraud Policy. Wrote extensively about corporate and individual accountability in UNICEF. Led a global consultation on UNICEF’s transformed engagement in middle income countries.

From February 2001, focal point for UNICEF Programme Policy and Procedure. Authored UNICEF guidance on Results Based Programme Management, and guidance on Participation of Children and Young People, Pilot Projects, and Reaching Marginalized Children and their Families. Contributed to further development of the Human Rights Approach.

From 1993 to 2001 in Malawi and Namibia, UNICEF Deputy Representative, twice leading the preparation, implementation and review of a country programme. Well documented achievements include the introduction of free primary education in Malawi, and education for marginalized children in Namibia.

From 1989 to 1993, UNICEF programme coordinator for Operational Lifeline Sudan (OLS). During the time, OLS set many precedents for other large scale relief operations in complex emergencies. These include establishment of ground rules for humanitarian actions and involvement with non-state entities.

From 1987 to 1989 in Khartoum, Sudan, and from 1984 to 1987 in Hargeisa, Somalia, UNICEF Logistics Officer, with particular involvement in humanitarian operations.

From 1982 to 1984, Field Director of the “German Emergency Doctors” in Hargeisa, Somalia, planning and overseeing major programmes in support of refugees and rehabilitation of health services.

Education: Master of Science, Mathematics (1980), RWTH Aachen, Germany.
Married, with four grown-up children.



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