Maniza Zaman is the UNICEF Representative in Indonesia.
Maniza Zaman assumed her role as UNICEF Representative in Indonesia in August 2022.
Between June 2019 – July 2022, she was the UNICEF Representative in Kenya. In this capacity she led the UNICEF country programme, working with national and county governments and partners. She guided UNICEF’s contribution to the Government of Kenya’s COVID19 response and also co-led the UN’s Strategic Result Area on Human Capital Development.
From January 2016 – May 2019, Ms. Zaman was the UNICEF Representative to the United Republic of Tanzania. She was responsible for overseeing the UNICEF country programme, forging strategic partnerships and expanding UNICEF’s engagement in local governance and decentralization. As part of the One UN team, Ms. Zaman chaired the thematic results group on Healthy Nations.
Ms. Zaman was Deputy Director in Programme Division in UNICEF, New York, from 2009-2015. She focused on strategic planning and management, field engagement, and coordinated the Young Child Survival and Development cluster. Ms. Zaman played a key role in UNICEF’s refocus on equity and in strengthening programmes to prioritize the most disadvantaged children.
Between 2006 and 2008, Ms. Zaman was the Deputy Representative in UNICEF Vietnam. Earlier in her career, she worked with UNICEF Kenya and Regional Office in Nairobi, non-governmental organizations and with WHO in Ethiopia.
Ms. Zaman is a dual national of Bangladesh and the United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Oxford, UK, and Master of Science degree from Cornell University, USA.
She is married with two children.
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