Located in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) coordinates and supervises UNICEF’s work in 21 countries: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
ESARO provides technical support, policy guidance and oversight, and intellectual leadership on children's issues to the UNICEF Country Offices and advocates for the realization of children’s rights vis-à-vis regional institutions, governments and development partners. ESARO also coordinates UNICEF's engagement in the UN Coherence process in the region, as well as supports resource mobilization efforts for Country Offices.
The work of the ESARO Regional Advisers is organised around UNICEF’s key priorities in the region: Young Child Survival and Development, Children and AIDS, Basic Education and Gender Equality, Child Protection, and Emergency Preparedness and Response. A range of cross-cutting programmes support these priorities, including Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships for Children’s Rights, Communication for Development, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Supply and Logistics.