Maniza Zaman is the UNICEF Representative in Kenya, a position she has held since June 2019.
Prior to this assignment Ms. Zaman was the UNICEF Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania since January 2016. Before that, she was the Deputy Director in Programme Division in UNICEF, New York. Her responsibilities included developing strategic management initiatives, planning and monitoring, leading the Division’s field engagement strategy, as well as providing specific programmatic and policy guidance for the Young Child Survival and Development cluster. As part of UNICEF’s re-focus on equity, Ms. Zaman led the organization-wide initiative to improve programmes and prioritize the most disadvantaged children.
Between 2006 and 2008, Ms. Zaman was the Deputy Representative in Vietnam where she coordinated the development and implementation of the Government of Vietnam-UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation. Here, she supported the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) to develop its first One Plan as part of the Delivering as One reform initiative.
From 2000 to 2006, she served in UNICEF Kenya in different portfolios including Chief of Nutrition. In this post, Ms. Zaman provided technical leadership and managed the nutrition programme, focusing on reducing malnutrition, emergency preparedness and response. Prior to this Ms Zaman worked with UNICEF and 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 in International Nutrition from Cornell University, USA. She is married with two children.