UNICEF Deputy Representative in Mongolia
Ms Ayako Kaino was appointed as UNICEF Deputy Representative to Mongolia and arrived on 02 February 2022. She oversees UNICEF’s programme impacts and efficiency for the children of Mongolia.
Prior to this appointment, Ayako was Chief of Field Office in UNICEF Afghanistan based in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan since 2020, where she managed overall UNICEF programme and operation of nice provinces of Northern Region. Under her leadership, the team focused on a holistic approach with “leaving no one behind” in humanitarian and development contexts.
Ayako has diverse experiences from the field operation to policy advise.
She served as Partnerships Specialist in the UNICEF hosted-fund, Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, from 2018-2020, managing projects in Nigeria and Uganda and advocating for violence-free environment for children with Member States in New York. She also supported children as Child Protection Specialist in UNICEF Syria, Protection Project Manager in Danish Refugee Counsil Iraq, and Child Protection Office in UNICEF Sudan.
Ayako also managed Japan’s ODA policy for Algeria, Morocco, Syria and Gulf countries as Official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2016, contributed to social protection and livelihood emergency response as an Early Recovery and Livelihood Crisis Coordinator in ILO Philippines in 2014-2015.
Ms Kaino holds Master of Science in Social Work with the focus on mental health counseling from the Ohio State University in the United States. She is a Japanese national.
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