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|Nicholas K. Alipui|
Dr. Nicholas Alipui was appointed Director of UNICEF Programmes on March 18, 2008. In this capacity, he overseas the centrepiece of UNICEF’s work and is at the forefront of programme policy, guidance and management intended to assist staff in the implementation and success of UNICEF programmes and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Prior to this, Dr. Alipui served as UNICEF Country Representative in the Philippines from 2003-2008 and as Country Representative in Kenya from 2000-2003. In both assignments, he was responsible for all country activities which included the planning, co-ordination and implementation of programmes to improve the lives of women and children through advocacy and resource mobilization.
From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Alipui served as Chief of the Africa Unit in the Programme Division in New York Headquarters. In this capacity, he was responsible for supervising the overall activities of the Unit focusing on UNICEF programmes of co-operation in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. He significantly contributed to the development and implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and was responsible for providing strategic programming support to country offices experiencing difficulties or crisis and countries emerging from conflict or complex emergencies.
Dr. Alipui joined UNICEF in July 1988 initially as Project Officer for the Joint Nutrition Support Programme (JNSP) in Jowhar, Somalia and subsequently for Primary Health Care in Mogadiscio, Somalia. He transferred to UNICEF Luanda, Angola as Project Officer, Emergency in February 1992 and later was promoted to Senior Programme Officer in July 1993.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Dr. Alipui served in Mozambique as Medical Doctor and Primary Health Care Advisor from February 1980 to January 1985 at the Maputo City Health Directorate, Ministry of Health. From February 1985 to June 1988, he worked as Medical Doctor and Co-ordinator of the Joint Nutrition Support Programme (JNSP) between UNICEF, the Government of Mozambique and WHO in Maputo, Mozambique.
Dr. Alipui is a national of Ghana. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Science in 1978 and his Doctor of Medicine degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1979, both from University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Dr. Alipui is married with two sons.
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