UNICEF Representative (January 2016 - Present)
Ms. Maniza Zaman has been an advocate for children’s rights and has worked in international development in different country contexts for over 20 years.
Ms. Zaman’s career with the UN started in 2000 when she joined UNICEF Kenya and held different portfolios including Chief of Nutrition. In this post, Ms. Zaman provided technical leadership, expanded partnerships, and managed the nutrition programme, focusing on reducing malnutrition. She also worked with the government and other partners on emergency preparedness and response.
Between 2006 and end of 2008, Ms. Zaman served as the Deputy Representative in Vietnam where she coordinated the development and implementation of the Government of Vietnam-UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation. Additionally, she supported the UN Vietnam Country Team (UNCT) to develop its first One Plan as part of the Delivering as One reform initiative.
Prior to becoming UNICEF Representative in Tanzania in January 2016, Ms. Zaman was 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.
As UNICEF Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania, Ms Zaman acts on behalf of the UNICEF Executive Director in all aspects of the organization’s operations with the government and leads the country office in the implementation of the five-year Country Programme of Co-operation 2016-2021. She also supports the UN Country Team in the implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II) 2016-2021. She is currently the chairperson of the Healthy Nation Thematic Working Group of the UNDAP II.
Ms. Zaman is a dual national of Bangladesh and the United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Oxford University, Oxford, UK and a Master of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.