Ted Chaiban was appointed Director of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF in June 2012. Prior to this assignment, he was UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia where he expanded UNICEF’s contribution to the country’s Health Extension Programme, supported 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 in Sudan from 2005 to 2008. As Representative in Sudan, Mr. Chaiban implemented a new programme structure reflecting the architecture of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement, managed UNICEF’s response to the crisis in Darfur and advanced post-conflict recovery and reconstruction in Southern Sudan as it was emerging from over 20 years of conflict.
From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Chaiban was the UNICEF Representative in 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, based in Nairobi and coordinating 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, 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 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.