Education Officer, UNICEF

In her position as Education Officer at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office, Tania supports Country Offices in their efforts to ensure inclusive education for all. children, with special attention to the most vulnerable groups, such as children with disabilities, indigenous children and Afro-descendants. Among her responsibilities, the leadership and regional coordination of the Accessible Digital Textbooks (ADT) Initiative, focused on the provision of inclusive and quality education for all and in all contexts, stands out. In addition, Tania also supports the strengthening of the Regional Strategy for Knowledge Management in Education.

Tania joined UNICEF in November 2019 working as an intern in the Education Section with the Emergency Education Team. After finishing her internship, she continued working with the same team as an International Consultant on education issues in humanitarian emergency contexts and disaster risk reduction. During this period, she actively supported the regional educational response to COVID-19 in LAC in the 24 country offices in the region; the strengthening of the capacities of the national humanitarian coordination mechanisms of the education sector through the leadership and coordination of the Regional Education Group of the region; as well as the Global Initiative for School Safety through its close collaboration with the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector.

Before joining UNICEF and during her studies, Tania completed an internship at the European Institute of the Mediterranean during which she researched the nexus between education, poverty and radicalization in the Middle East & North Africa region. She also worked for several years in London, first as a translator and interpreter, and later as a Team Leader in the area of intercultural communication. Throughout her career, she has carried out various training and volunteer programs on children’s rights, forced migration, education and diplomacy with NGOs and UN agencies, including the United Nations Environment Program Environment (UNEP), the United Nations Volunteers Program (UNV), the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), the United Nations Interregional Institute for Crime and Justice Research (UNICRI) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Tania has completed postgraduate studies at the University of Turku (Finland) and Western Sydney University (Australia) as part of her undergraduate studies in Translation and Interpreting (English, German and French), has a Master’s in International Relations , and has just completed a Masters in International Development with the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.