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From April 2012, Ms. Karin Hulshof will be taking up her assignment as the UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia based in Kathmandu. She will be responsible for oversight, ensuring overall policy and programme coherence and regional as well as global advocacy for UNICEF in the eight countries of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).
From June 2008 to March 2012, Ms. Hulshof, as UNICEF Representative to India, was responsible for the overall coordination, development, formulation and management of the UNICEF Country Programme of Co-operation. She led the policy dialogue and advocacy with the government and other partners for the enhancement of the survival, protection, development and participation of children and women in national development efforts and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
From February 2005 to June 2008 Ms. Hulshof, as Director of Public-sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization Office (PARMO), was responsible for coordinating UNICEF relations, policy dialogue, overall resource mobilisation towards donor Governments, Global Funds and Foundations and International Financial Institutions.
From January 2003 to February 2005 Ms. Hulshof served as Director and Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Director New York. During her tenure, she provided support and strategic advice to the Executive Director and helped to guide the decision-making process at the executive level.
Ms. Hulshof also served as Area Representative in Romania and to the Republic of Moldova from 2000-2003. During her tenure, she was responsible for the overall planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of both country programmes.
From January 1997 to March 2000, Ms. Hulshof served as Programme Officer in Brussels, Belgium, where she was responsible for the coordination and negotiation of emergency and development programmes with the European Commission and the European Parliament, until her reassignment to Bucharest, Romania.
Ms. Hulshof joined UNICEF in June 1987 as a Junior Programme Officer in San Jose, Costa Rica, under a programme sponsored by the Government of the Netherlands in cooperation with UNICEF. She was in charge of two programmes, "Women in Development" and "Urban Basic Services". In November 1989, Ms. Hulshof was appointed as Project Officer, Family/Child Welfare in Guatemala City, Guatemala. In this capacity, she was responsible for formulating and negotiating the overall strategies and plans of action for implementation of urban basic services with governmental and non-governmental organizations. She was subsequently transferred to Brasilia, Brazil, in October 1992 where she served as Project Officer (Programme Management), responsible for the programmes in five zonal offices.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Hulshof worked in the Netherlands as Project Coordinator/Interim Manager for RAJA-Drenthe Institute from January 1986 to February 1987, and worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Criminology in Groningen (1980-1981).
Ms. Hulshof is a national of the Netherlands. She graduated from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands with a Master's degree in Social Science and specializations in Economics, Spanish, Cultural Anthropology and Education in June 1985. She became Honorary Fellow of the Senate of the University of Bucharest, Romania in 2002.
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