Before taking up her posting in Belarus, Ms. Tanja Radocaj served as UNICEF Representative in Armenia from 2015-2020 and Bulgaria from 2009 – 2015. In both countries she supported efforts in improving child health, inclusive education, child protection and participation. Before that, in the period 2002-2009, Ms. Radocaj was leading the UNICEF team in Croatia, where the office has successfully tested a new model of UNICEF engagement, mobilising support from Croatian citizens, companies and civil society for children in the country and abroad. She first joined UNICEF during Kosovo crisis, in year 2000, when she was recruited as a child protection and social services specialist.
Prior to this period, Tanja Radocaj was engaged in assisting victims of war in Former Yugoslavia, through her work with state social services (1991-1993), International Rescue Committee (1993-1997) and with a local civil society organisation (1997-1999), focusing on assistance to refugees and displaced persons, post-war reconciliation, community building and development of social services.
Ms. Radocaj started her career as a family counsellor in public social services, dealing with children and families at risk. She obtained MA in psychology at Zagreb University. She has Croatian nationality, with home in Split, Croatia.