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Zein Tayyeb

Zein Tayyeb

Humanitarian Affairs Officer, UN OCHA, Jordan

Zein Tayyeb is a Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Jordan. Her role is focused on establishing and maintaining contacts with other humanitarian agencies to plan and evaluate complex humanitarian and emergency assistance programmes. Zein works closely with the security and military authorities on the humanitarian operations under the civil-military coordination umbrella. She also worked with UNICEF for over three years, where she was based in the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. Her work was focused on providing quality education, psychosocial support, and life skills development for all the Syrian children in and out of schools. More recently, Zein participated in Brown University’s first humanitarian hackathon where she mentored a number of groups working on education and DRR projects for the Rohingya crisis. Tayyeb holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Human rights from the University of East London, UK. Her research interests focus on human rights-based issues, migration, integration, education, and youth. She has always been very concerned by humanitarian work and now that she is part of the global effort, she hopes to help improve the future of every child. 


  1. Documentary about education in Zaatari camp and in Lebanon camps (Schools without a ceiling). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW_uQnPkQ8c