Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar has more than 19 years of diverse work in Central Asia and Caucasus, Europe and Southeast Asia, with UNICEF (14 years) and other UN agencies in politically transitional and developing countries, in countries transitioning rapidly to middle and upper income status as well as in extreme humanitarian and post conflict situations.
Dr. Sarwar has served as UNICEF Deputy Representative in Azerbaijan since July 2009. In this capacity, he has been providing overall leadership and managerial guidance on UNICEF programming, policy direction, monitoring of compliance and performance standards as well as coordination with international, governmental and civil society organizations.
From February 2006 to June 2009, Dr. Sarwar served as Chief of UNICEF Office for North Caucasus, Russian Federation where he was responsible for leadership, guidance and direction for programme planning, implementation and analysis through ongoing consultations and intersectoral coordination of activities with international, governmental and civil society organizations in 5 Caucasian republics: Dagestan, Chechen Republic, North Ossetia, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria. Dr. Sarwar also provided policy support, guidance and advocacy as required in emergency situations and other humanitarian programme implementation.
In 1999-2006, Dr. Sarwar worked for UNHCR in East Timor and Georgia and UNWFP Tajikistan as well as in UNICEF in South-East Asia (East Timor and Myanmar) first as Health and Nutrition Project Officer, than as Project Officer on Integrated Early Childhood Development and Expanded Programme on Immunization respectively. He has valuable expertise for Former Soviet Union countries (over 17 years), fluent in Russian, well familiar with geo-political context and social fabric of the region.
Dr. Sarwar is a national of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. Has advanced medical educational background, PhD in Medicine.