Yuriy Oksamytniy has headed the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Office in Kazakhstan since January 2015.
Prior to this appointment, Yuriy Oksamytniy headed the UNICEF Office in the Republic of Belarus.
In 2002–2009, Yuriy Oksamytniy headed the UNICEF Office for the Central and Eastern Europe, CIS, Middle East and North Africa, and served as Senior Adviser of UN Governing Bodies and Multilateral Cooperation at UNICEF Headquarters (New York, USA).
In 1997–2002, Yuriy Oksamytniy was a Regional Adviser at the UNICEF Regional Office for the Central and Eastern Europe and CIS in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1993–1997, he worked as a Program Coordinator at the UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (Amman, Jordan) and UNICEF Office for the Central Asia and Kazakhstan (Islamabad, Pakistan).
From 1985, he served in the diplomatic service of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vienna, Austria and New York, USA.
In 1978–1985, he was a graduate student, lecturer and Deputy Head of International Economic Relations Department of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).
Yuriy Oksamytniy is a citizen of the Russian Federation. In 1978, he graduated with honors from MGIMO; in 1982, he received a doctorate degree in international economic relations.
Yuriy Oksamytniy is married and has two children.