Peter Hawkins is the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria. Before taking up his position as the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria in May 2019, Mr. Hawkins was UNICEF Representative in Iraq, between September 2015 and April 2019. In this post, he created a programme with a clear focus on delivering a prioritized set of results for children, responding to a large, complex emergency and developing a long-term evidence-based programme.
Prior to working with UNICEF, Mr. Hawkins worked with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) as: Head of Profession for Programme Management (DFID, London HQ; July 2013 – Sept 2015), Team Leader for Human Development (DFID, Ethiopia; Aug 2011 – July 2013), Deputy Head and Group Head for Sub-national Governance, Conflict Reduction and Democracy, Accountability and Voice (DFID, Pakistan; Sept 2010 – Aug 2011), Deputy Head for Provincial Reconstruction Team (Helmand, Afghanistan; Feb 2009 – Aug 2010), and Team Leader for Human Development (DFID, Nigeria 2004 - 2009).
From 1985 to 2004, Mr. Hawkins worked with Save the Children UK where he last held the position of Regional Director for East and Central Africa (London HQ). His other positions with Save the Children UK were Regional Director for South Asia (London HQ), Emergency Coordinator (London HQ), Country Director (Angola), Deputy Country Director (Sri Lanka), and Senior Programme Coordinator (Ethiopia).
Peter Hawkins is a British national, born in London on 4 December 1960. He holds an advanced degree in Law (Master’s in Law, LL.M.) from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in the field of International Governance and Human Rights; and a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in African Language (Amharic) and Law (UK and International Law), from SOAS, University of London.