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Priscilla Idele
Deputy Director, Research , United Nations - UNICEF
Florence, Italy
Award-winning leader and analyst with more than 20 years of international development in management, representation in high-level bilateral and multilateral fora and in providing strategic direction. Proven ability to direct change management, promote staff wellbeing, foster innovation, fundraise, handle diplomatic relations, and achieve exemplary results to tight budgets and deadlines.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Directed UNICEF’s 80-person Office of Research at D2-level between early 2018 and all of 2019, successfully overseeing a complex change management process that resulted in a tripling of core staff, and major expansion of donor funding due to enhanced outputs. Oversaw a $10 million research programme with workstreams on child poverty, cash transfers, child protection, migration, adolescents and education. Managed 45-person strong team of analysts, statisticians, communicators and administrative staff, raising millions and delivering strong results. Breakthrough analytical and strategic leadership in HIV/AIDS, resulting in the Award of Prize for Excellence in Research Related to the Needs of Children Affected by AIDS, International AIDS Conference, Vienna, Austria, 2010
Southampton University, UK Ph.D. in Social Statistics, 2002
Nairobi University, Kenya - M.A in Population Studies, 1994
Kenyatta University, Kenya - B.Ed. Business Education, 1986
Affiliations and Achievements:
- Award of Prize for Excellence in Research Related to the Needs of Children Affected by AIDS, International AIDS Conference, Vienna, Austria, 2010
- Journal of Reproductive Health Matters, certificate of Top 10 Cited Papers, 2008
- Futures Group, Europe: Research grant for study on young people’s sexual behavior and the risk of HIV infection in Kenya, 2001.
- Opportunities and Choices Program, University of Southampton, Research Grant, 2001
- Association of Commonwealth Universities: Scholarship for Ph.D. studies, United Kingdom, 1999-2002.

• CHAIR : UNAIDS Co-sponsors Evaluation Working Group (CEWG)
• CO-CHAIR: Interagency Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation of Children Affected by AIDS; Interagency Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation of Prevention of HIV among Young People
• MEMBER, African Health Statistics Technical Working Group; Technical Review Group of Countdown to 2030; Health Data Collaborative; Interagency Expert Group on SDGs; UNAIDS HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG) and Indicator Technical Working Group

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    Years of Experience:
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