Irish Staff Abroad

There are many Irish people working for UNICEF throughout the world.
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Philip O’Brien

Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF Regional Office, Geneva.

Irish man, Philip O’Brien is the Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships at UNICEF’s Regional Office in Geneva.

Prior to his assignment as Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships, Philip was Regional Director for UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS/Baltics. 

He was also Deputy Director, and Chief, Geographic Section, of UNICEF's Programme Division in New York. In this role he has been responsible for the oversight of global strategic programme support to our regional and country offices. His position has enabled him to obtain a comprehensive overview of UNICEF's work in the CEE/CIS region. 

He has also been responsible for UNICEF's programming collaboration within the United Nations Development Group, (UNDP, WFP, UNFPA and other agencies) and has contributed to the development of new programming collaboration between UNICEF and the World Bank.

Prior to this assignment, he also worked in the Office of the Executive Director on matters related to the Secretary General's Reform proposals, assisting in developing UNICEF's contributions to this Report, and in articulating the organisation's programme and operational response to it.

He  joined UNICEF in May 1988 as Chief, Health and Nutrition in the Bangladesh Country office.  During his tenure, the UNICEF programme of co-operation assisted the Government of Bangladesh in achieving it goals of Universal Child Immunisation, in reaching universal salt iodisation and in and in formulating policies, strategies and legislation to promote and protect breastfeeding and address malnutrition.

In March 1993, he was appointed UN Co-ordinator of southern sector of Operation Lifeline Sudan, the major cross-border UN emergency programme, and was concurrently UNICEF's Chief of Operations for its Programme in Southern Sudan. He was responsible for the overall strategic development of the programme and the operational co-ordination of the consortium of 30 UN and Non governmental organisations operating under the aegis of the OLS.

Prior to joining UNICEF, Philip worked with CONCERN WORLDWIDE, an international non-governmental organisation, from 1975 to 1988. He held various senior management positions in this organisation, including as Representative in Bangladesh and Tanzania.