Since 19 February 2016, Patrizia (Trisha) took on her current post as Deputy Representation at the UNICEF Kenya Country Office.
Between August 2010 and February 2016, Patrizia was posted as Deputy Representative for UNICEF Ethiopia, leading an average 130 million dollar per annum programme covering policy development and systems building in the areas of Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Education, and Child Protection. The UNICEF Ethiopia programme covers key interventions within the development/emergency spectrum and includes significant focus on building resilience through government and social systems to poverty related shocks within one of the poorest countries in the world.
From August 2007 to August 2010, Patrizia has held the post of Deputy Representative for UNICEF Iran, working in a middle income context for child rights. In addition to leading the team in areas of Child Health and Nutrition, Early Childhood Education, Child Protection, Education including education for Afghan refugee children, and innovative work in youth and HIV/AIDS, UNICEF Iran works in specific areas of child rights advocacy with religious leaders, and in advocating for the discontinuation of child executions, by promoting alternative forms of juvenile justice.
From February 2005 to August 2007, Patrizia led the Child Protection Team for the Iraq Country Office from Amman, responsible for all aspects of programming for children in need of special protection in complex emergencies. In the Northern Zonal Office of Afghanistan (2002 – 2003), Patrizia was responsible for the development of child protection activities, monitoring and advocacy regarding the creation of a protective environment for children in need of special protection, and also took up various management responsibilities. In the Calcutta Field Office – India (1999 – 2003), she was responsible for programming in West Bengal and Assam in the areas of child labour, sexual exploitation and trafficking, juvenile justice and street children. As part of her duties at the Manila Field Office, Philippines (1996- 1999), she was assigned to the child labour project and interventions against the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines.
Before her employment with UNICEF, Patrizia worked with street children, children without caregivers, refugee and migrant youth and disabled young adults in Sydney with NGOs and the State Government.
Patrizia has completed a Masters in Legal Studies (International Law and Human Rights) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 2003 – 2004, a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Western Sydney in 1994-95 and an Associate Diploma in Community Studies (Youth Work) from the Milperra College of Advance Education, Sydney, in 1985-86. Patrizia is an Australian national.