H.E. Ms. Rachel Odede has been working for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for over 20 years, and has vast experience and knowledge of different programmatic operations of the organization. She worked for UNICEF in Indonesia, Eritrea, Kenya Country Offices as well as the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), her last duty station before assuming her position as UNICEF Representative to Swaziland.
In UNICEF ROSA, Ms Odede served as the Regional Advisor on HIV and AIDS, overseeing UNICEF’s response to children and AIDS in eight Country Offices (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Her work involved provision of strategic technical assistance, quality assurance and oversight of country programmes’ response to HIV and AIDS.
From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Odede worked in ROSA as the Regional HIV/AIDS Specialist, responsible for programmes on protection, care and support of children affected by HIV and AIDS and adolescent HIV prevention in South Asia.
She worked as Chief of HIV and AIDS Programme in the UNICEF Indonesia Country Office between 2002 and 2006. Ms Odede also served as Chief of Communication in Eritrea between 1999-2002 and Programme Communication Officer in Kenya between 1994-1999.
Ms. Odede is a national of Kenya. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, USA, a Master’s degree in Education from Kenyatta University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Nairobi.