Country Representative

A message from Tanya Chapuisat

Woman speaking to child
UNICEF

Welcome note

Jordan has made remarkable progress for children and their well-being over the last couple of decades. There has been a steady decline in infant, child and maternal mortality, almost universal access to primary education and a 95 per cent nationwide vaccination rate.

However, this progress has not yet reached every child and a number of political and economical challenges in recent years have threatened to halt, or even undo, some of this important progress. The onset of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2011 has put significant strain on the country’s national system, including health and education. A massive two thirds of the population is under 30 - yet the country struggles with high youth unemployment. Population growth is putting a strain on already scarce water resources, as climate change exacerbates the situation. Families slipping into poverty are in need of a social security net. An unacceptable number of children face violence in their homes, schools and communities. 

UNICEF is committed to supporting the Government of Jordan to strengthen national systems so that every child can fulfil their potential and contribute positively to society.

Over the period 2018-2022 we will focus on ending child poverty and violence against children, giving children the best start to life with expanded Kindergarten access, boosting water security and ensuring climate change is high on the national agenda, providing youth with meaningful engagement opportunities, and building a social security net to help the most vulnerable families. 

Working with the Government, UN, development partners and civil society, this work will play a crucial part in achieving Jordan’s Vision 2025 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Tanya Chapuisat biography

Tanya Chapuisat joined UNICEF Jordan in July 2019 after completing a four-year mission as Representative in Beirut.

Before Lebanon, Ms. Chapuisat served as a UNICEF Representative in Costa Rica for three years and the Central African Republic (CAR) from 2009 to 2012. From 2006 to 2009, Ms. Chapuisat worked as Regional Emergency Advisor for all UNICEF offices in West and Central Africa, based in Senegal. She performed a similar function from 2003 to 2006 in East and Southern Africa as a Regional Emergency Project Officer based in Kenya.

Before UNICEF, Ms. Chapuisat was Assistant Resident Representative in UNDP in Kenya for one year and worked as a Non-profit Practice Manager at Mckinsey & Company.

From 1993 to 1998, she held many positions at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She served in Rwanda, Peru, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Guinea-Bissau.

Ms. Chapuisat is a dual citizen of Britain and Switzerland. She holds a university degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia Business School.