Ms. Micaela Marques De Sousa is Representative for UNICEF Namibia, where she is responsible for management of the country programme including health and nutrition, HIV, education, water and sanitation, child protection, social protection and policy. Before this assignment, she served as Chief of Communications in Harare, Zimbabwe from July 2009 to 2012. In this capacity, she was responsible for the conceptualisation, planning, monitoring and evaluation of advocacy and communication strategy to promote awareness for children’s rights, focusing on Communication for Development; Media Outreach and Advocacy; Child and Young People’s Participation; and Private-Public Partnerships.
From January 2007 to June 2009, Ms. Marques De Sousa served as Policy Advocacy and Communication Specialist
with UNICEF and the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Working with the UNICEF Representative, She was responsible for advocacy, raising the profile of Africa’s children through enhancing UNICEF’s partnership with the AU, UNECA and other African regional organizations on issues that affect children, young people and women.
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From April 2000 to December 2006, Ms. Marques De Sousa served as HIV and AIDS/ Protection Advisor with UNICEF in Pretoria, South Africa where she was responsible for the establishment and design of an HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support programme. From January 1996 to January 2000, Ms. Marques De Sousa served as Programme Coordinator for HIV and AIDS with UNICEF in Harare, Zimbabwe. She coordinated the HIV and AIDS Prevention Programme with the Government of Zimbabwe and other partners to develop effective information,
education and communication strategies for HIV and AIDS/STDs prevention and control. From July 1993 to December 1995, Ms. Marques De Sousa served as Health/Education Specialist with UNICEF in Kampala, Uganda. In this capacity, she was responsible for facilitating the implementation of the Health Education and AIDS Network Programme, as well as the formulation, planning, implementation and the evaluation of the communications aspects to the UNICEF country programme. Prior to the above, Ms. Marques de Sousa had served in UNICEF Mozambique, as Programme Officer.
Ms. Marques de Sousa holds a Masters Degree in International and Economic Relations, an Honours Degree in Politics and Administration; an Honours Degree in Modern Languages; and an Honours Degree in Social Anthropology by the Universities of Zimbabwe; Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique) and Cluj Napoca (Romania), respectively.Ms. Marques de Sousa is married and has 2 sons.