UNICEF Representative in Armenia
Christine Weigand is the newly appointed UNICEF Representative to Armenia. Under Ms. Weigand’s leadership, UNICEF Armenia will continue working in partnership with the Armenian Government, civil society, and other stakeholders so that all children in Armenia increasingly benefit from equitable enjoyment of their rights to survive, thrive, learn, be protected and participate.
Prior to this assignment, she was the Representative for UNICEF in Turkmenistan, providing overall leadership in the development and management of the UNICEF Country Programme and expanding national as well as international partnerships for its implementation. In addition, she served as UN Resident Coordinator ad interim to the Republic of Turkmenistan between December 2020 and July 2021, providing overall leadership and coordination to the UN Country Team as well as representing the UN Country Team in high-level national and international fora and fostering partnerships.
Previously, she served as UNICEF Deputy Representative in Iran providing overall leadership in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the UNICEF country programme in close collaboration with government partners.
Ms. Weigand joined UNICEF in January 2012 as Chief Social Policy and Evaluation in Antananarivo, Madagascar. She was responsible for the technical leadership in the design and implementation of social policy, advocacy and research programs and private sector partnerships.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Weigand worked as Sector Economist for Social Protection and Project Manager with the KfW Entwicklungsbank, the German development bank, based in Frankfurt, Germany, between 2008 and 2011. In this capacity, she provided technical advice on social protection to all levels of German financial and technical cooperation, liaising with the Ministry of Economic and Development Cooperation, as well as Members of Parliament. She was responsible for the management of projects totaling about 50 Million EUR in education, HIV/AIDS and social protection in Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Between 2001 and 2008, Ms. Weigand worked with the World Bank, based in Washington, DC, USA, in the area of poverty reduction and social protection. She was part of the global expert team on social protection and provided technical support on social safety net programmes and public expenditure reviews of the social sectors.
Ms. Weigand, a national of Austria, holds a Master’s degree in International Economic Studies from Maastricht University, in Maastricht, The Netherlands. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and German.