Ted Chaiban was appointed as Director of Programmes for UNICEF in August 2014. Prior to this assignment, he was Director of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF where he mobilized support for UNICEF’s response to large scale emergencies in Syria, the Central African Republic, the Philippines and South Sudan and 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.
Mr. Chaiban joined UNICEF in 1997 as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Operation Lifeline Sudan Consortium, based in Nairobi and coordinated the consortium’s programme activities in Southern Sudan. In 2000, he was appointed Regional Emergency Adviser in UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, and was responsible for coordinating support to country offices managing emergencies. Following that time, he was the UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka, and Ethiopia.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. Chaiban was Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services in Haiti, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan. He also worked as a 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 Degree in Biology and Political Science from Tufts University and a Master of Arts Degree in Development and Arab Studies from Georgetown University, USA.