Ms. Tanja Radocaj is the Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Armenia since August 2015.
She served as UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria from 2009 to 2015. Prior to that, Ms. Radocaj led the UNICEF team in Croatia for six (6) years, during which the office successfully tested a new model of UNICEF engagement, the so called “self-funded office”. In the period of 2002 to 2009, support and funding were mobilised from Croatian citizens, companies and civil society to improve the situation of children in Croatia and abroad.
Ms. Radocaj first joined UNICEF in 2000 during the Kosovo crisis, where she was recruited as a child protection and social services specialist and seconded to the provisional UNMIK Government to assure adequate focus on child protection issues. Prior to this period, she was engaged in assisting victims of the war in Former Yugoslavia through her work with state social services (1991-1993) and through International Rescue Committee (1993-1997). In the aftermath of the war, this work continued through a local civil society organisation “MI” (“We”), which she founded, with a focus on post-war reconciliation, community building and development of social services, especially for the most vulnerable groups.
Ms. Radocaj started her career as a psychologist/counsellor in public social services, dealing with children and families at risk. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Zagreb University.
Tanja is of Croatian nationality with home in Split, Croatia. She is married with two children and two grandchildren.