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Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the UNICEF Division of Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) maximises private income to UNICEF through fundraising and sales of cards and gifts, and manages the strategic relationship with 36 UNICEF National Committees in industrialised countries. PFP also implements global strategies in child rights advocacy, communication and brand positioning in National Committee countries through a range of partnerships, including with the media, corporations, civil society and young people.
Leila Pakkala, who took up her position as Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships on 1 September 2010, previously worked for UNICEF in Mozambique, Somalia, New York, FYR Macedonia and Uganda, and for the United Nations in Ethiopia and Lesotho.
From 2004 to 2010 Ms. Pakkala was the UNICEF Representative in Mozambique where she was responsible for the overall strategic direction and guidance to the UNICEF team in the conceptualisation and delivery of the Country Programme of Cooperation, in advocacy for child rights and in leveraging of resources and partnerships for children.
As Deputy Representative for UNICEF in Somalia, based in Nairobi, Ms. Pakkala oversaw planning, implementation and monitoring in one of UNICEF’s largest country offices and led the organization’s collaboration with a wide range of partners.
Ms. Pakkala worked in UNICEF Headquarters as Senior Programme Officer in the Office of Emergency Programmes from 1999 to 2001 where she was responsible for the coordination and management of resources dedicated to strengthening the organization’s humanitarian action at global and regional levels. During this period, Ms. Pakkala served in FYR Macedonia as Emergency Coordinator, responsible for overall management of the UNICEF response in support of the Kosovo refugee crisis.
From 1997 to 1999, Ms Pakkala held the position of Programme Advisor with UNICEF Uganda, working specifically on programmes providing care and support and protection of children affected by the armed conflict in northern Uganda.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Pakkala worked as Information Officer for the United Nations Development Programme in Ethiopia from 1994 to early 1997. She worked in the private sector and as a consultant for the United Nations in Lesotho from 1990 to 1993.
Ms. Pakkala is a national of Iran. She holds a Post Graduate License, Master of Arts in Psychology, majoring in Counselling and Supportive Therapy (1992), a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1990) and a Graduate Diploma in Special Education (1989). She is a qualified counsellor in child development psychology.
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