Ted Chaiban, Director of Programmes
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Ted Chaiban was appointed Director of Programmes for UNICEF in August 2014.
Prior to this assignment, he served in the organization as Director of Emergency Programmes. In this capacity, he mobilized support for the organization’s response to large-scale emergencies in Syria, the Central African Republic, the Philippines and South Sudan.
Additionally, he designed and initiated a humanitarian reform process, known as the Strengthening Humanitarian Action initiative, to increase the timeliness, effectiveness and efficiency of UNICEF’s humanitarian action.
From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Chaiban was UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia. Here, he expanded the organization’s contribution to the country’s Health Extension programme; promoted Ethiopia’s investment in early childhood education and quality basic education; and supported the establishment of a social protection platform based on community care structures. The office also responded to the 2011 Horn of Africa drought.
Before joining UNICEF Ethiopia, he was UNICEF Representative to Sudan. In this capacity, Mr. Chaiban implemented a new programme structure reflecting the architecture of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement. He also managed UNICEF’s response to the crisis in Darfur and advanced post-conflict recovery and reconstruction in southern Sudan.
From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Chaiban was UNICEF Representative to Sri Lanka. In January 2005, Sri Lanka was hit by a devastating tsunami and Mr. Chaiban led UNICEF’s response to the disaster.
Mr. Chaiban joined UNICEF in 1997 as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Operation Lifeline Sudan Consortium. In 2000, he was appointed Regional Emergency Adviser in UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, where he was responsible for coordinating support to country offices managing emergencies.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. Chaiban was Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services in Haiti, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan. He also worked as Programme Manager focusing on food security and child survival.
Mr. Chaiban is a national of both the United States of America and Lebanon. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Political Science from Tufts University and a Master of Arts in Development and Arab Studies from Georgetown University, US.
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