Leila Pakkala new UNICEF Representative in Mozambique
Maputo 16 December - Leila Pakkala has assumed office as the new Representative of UNICEF in Mozambique. Ms. Pakkala presented her credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Dr. Leonardo Simão, on 16 December in Maputo. Ms. Pakkala succeeds Marie-Pierre Poirier, who transferred as UNICEF Representative to Brazil.
Minister Simão stressed that the Government of Mozambique has been receiving important support from UNICEF for many years in policy development and implementation. UNICEF has been working in Mozambique since 1975. Ms. Pakkala congratulated the Government of Mozambique for their return to the UNICEF Executive Board, from January 2005.
Prior to Mozambique, Ms. Pakkala served as Senior Programme Officer for the Somalia Office based in Nairobi, since November 2001. She guided programme planning, implementation and monitoring in one of UNICEF’s largest country offices and led the organization’s collaboration with partners working in Somalia. Ms. Pakkala represented the office in fundraising and liaison with donors and worked with a wide range of partner groups in identifying strategic alliances and joint collaborative efforts.
Ms. Pakkala joined UNICEF Uganda in April 1997, as Programme Advisor and later as Advocacy and Protection Officer, specifically working on programmes set up for provision of protection, care and support to children affected by the armed conflict in northern Uganda. In April 1999, she moved to Macedonia as Emergency Coordinator, where she was responsible for overall management of UNICEF’s programmatic and operational response in support of refugee crisis during the Kosovo crisis. In November 1999, she was transferred to the UNICEF Headquarters in New York as Senior Programme Officer in the Office of Emergency Programmes, responsible for the coordination and management of staff, resources and funds dedicated to strengthening UNICEF’s humanitarian action at global and regional levels.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Pakkala worked as Information Officer (1994 – 1997) for the United Nations Development Programme in Ethiopia. From 1990 to 1993, Ms. Pakkala worked in the private sector.