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Cíntia Freitas


Full name: Cintia Barcellos Veiga de Freitas

Home Address:SHIN QI 11, Conjunto 3, casa 8

Brasilia, DF - 71535-730


Phone: (+55 61) 33681897 and (+55 61) 84347477


Education⦁Economist, studies in the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ and graduated by the Centro de Ensino Unificado de Brasília in 1980;

⦁On the job training at the International Telecommunication Union, ITU the implementation technical cooperation programmes (fellowship grated by the ITU), Geneva 1983;

⦁Post Graduation Course on Technical Cooperation Management by the  University of São Paulo, USP, 1993.

⦁Post Graduation Course MBA Planning and Business Management, by the Universidade Católica, Brasília, 2003

Languages   English and Spanish (excellent); Portuguese (mother tongue)

Personal Data:Brazilian, divorced, without children



Professional Experience:


October 2010 to June 2011 - UNESCO Consultant - Responsible for the preparation of a technical manual with practical recommendations on drug use prevention and harm reduction

July 2011 to November 2012 - Chief Advisor for International Cooperation at the Department of STD, AIDS e Viral Hepatitis of the Ministry of Health in Brazil. As Chief Advisor, I was responsible for managing, with the technical support of 6 professionals,  the international agenda of the Department of STD, AIDS e Viral Hepatitis, contributing to strengthen the HIV/AIDS response of Latin America, Caribbean and Africa countries and advancing the Brazilian positioning in the worldwide scenario of fighting against AIDS. To implement this agenda, strong articulation was exercised with UN agencies and other cooperation international bodies working in the field of HIV/AIDS. In addition to the implementation of international projects and the donation of Brazilian HIV/AIDS antiretrovirals to many countries, the follow-up and the promotion of international commitments signed by the Brazilian Government was an important share of this appointment. Brazil plays an important role in international scenario of the fight against HIV/AIDS and in promoting universal access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS.

October 2010 to June 2011 - UNESCO Consultant - I was responsible for the preparation of a technical manual with practical recommendations on drug use prevention and harm reduction practices. The publication gave special emphasis to lessons learned thorough projects developed by UNESCO in partnership with civil society in the field of non formal education, by UNESCO Office in Brazil


April/August 2010 – UNAIDS Consultant – Brazilian Consultant for UN Plus Survey. I was responsible for conducting in Brazil a fact-finding study on how the existing UN health insurance systems are currently affecting UN staff living with HIV. This study was part of a large UN effort that involved a total of 10 countries: Switzerland, Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal, Rwanda, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Pakistan and Brazil.


1999/Dec 2019 – UNODC Programme Coordinator and Deputy Regional Representative

From 1999, when I joined UNODC, I was responsible for coordinating the implementation of UNODC programme and for managing a technical team of programme professionals in the provision of technical expertise in the fields associated to our mandate – countering drug problems, improving national responses to HIV/Aids, combating violence, corruption and organized crime, among others.


Under my guidance and supervision, projects were designed and implemented in Brazil and in the south cone countries covered by UNODC Office in Brazil: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. This responsibility involved the establishment of strategic partnerships, execution/operation of the programme, the development/design of new projects, fund raising activities and management of funds in the amount of US$15/year under a variety of financial rules, in accordance with funding sources (UN Rules, National Execution, World Bank rules, Development Account etc).


The performance of my duties as Programme Coordinator and Deputy Representative required extensive negotiation skills under political, technical and operational levels involving different actors/counterparts in the technical cooperation scenario in Brazil and South cone countries: Governmental bodies, United Nations agencies, bilateral organizations, donors, private sector and non governmental organizations. Considering the extension of UNODC mandate, I liaised with a large network of counterparts in several theme areas associated to UNODC: Ministry of Health (National Aids Programme and Mental Health Programme), SENAD, Ministry of Justice, Federal Police, Public Prosecutor's Office, civil society organizations and private companies.


Since I joined UNODC as Programme Coordinator, project portfolio was continuously increased and delivery rate evolved from US$4.3 to US$15 million dollars/year. Positive External Audit Reports and Reports of the UN Board of Auditors and OIOS have served as a benchmark to evaluate the services provided by UNODC, under my coordination, to national and regional counterparts.


UNODC enjoyed of a steady partnership with the National Aids Programmes of the Region and in special with the Brazilian Aids Programme (today the Departamento de DST, Aids e Hepatites Virais) since 1994 with the implementation of a sequence of three large cooperation Projects focusing on the prevention of HIV/Aids among vulnerable populations. These three projects were financed by the Federal government, the World Bank and UNODC.  Since 1999 I was responsible for liaising with the national counterparts of the Brazilian Aids Programme and for coordinating the project execution. This work also included the design and implementation of strategies/activities oriented to guarantee the participation of the civil society, state and municipal governmental bodies to improve the Brazilian response to the HIV/Aids.


Under UBW/UNAIDS funding, I was also responsible for the design and implementation of two cycles of UNODC regional projects executed in the region (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay) in the field of preventing HIV/Aids among injecting drug users and other vulnerable populations.


My duties as Programme Coordinator also included the coordination, preparation, publication and launching of educational, communication and information materials in the form of brochures, books, manuals, guidelines, briefings, leaflets, posters and others related to the projects and to the and organization. The thematic areas of these materials focused on the several themes associated to the UNODC mandate: drug prevention, drug treatment, harm reduction, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, crime and violence prevention, anti corruption strategies, law enforcement and many others. Targeted population also varied in accordance to the thematic area:  from children, adolescents and youngsters in general, adolescents and youngsters at risk, PLWA, public in general and other segmented population targeted by population.


1992/1998 – employee of TELEBRAS, Telecomunicações Brasileiras S.A. – Project Coordinator (Project BRA/92/012 among TELEBRÁS, UNDP and ITU).

I was responsible for running the Operations Bureau of Project BRA/92/012, which focused in the modernization of the telecom services (92/95) and in supporting the restructuring and privatization process of the TELEBRÁS System (96/98). With the support of a technical team in TELEBRAS I took over the following responsibilities and delivered outputs below:


⦁Project formulation and subsequent negotiation with national and international counterparts the Brazilian Cooperation Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP and the International Telecommunications Union, ITU;

⦁Project management, under national and international execution modalities: to prepare Annual Working Plans, Annual Progress Reports, Tripartite Review Meetings; to prepare Project Revisions, to prepare terms of reference; to brief and debrief experts/consultants and missions; to prepare status reports to be submitted to the Board of Directors and other reporting activities related to project monitoring;

⦁Execution of all activities of the annual Working Plans which resulted in a successful transition to the current privatized status of the Brazilian telecom system and amounted in the total delivery of US$79 million dollars cost-sharing funds. Management of the following inputs were required: hiring of 141 international consultants; hiring of 15 national consultants; training of 698 employees abroad (fellowships); accomplishment of 200 Technical Cooperation missions abroad; bidding and follow-up of 29 large consulting service contracts; purchasing more than 5000 items (equipment), among others;

⦁Planning and control of project financing and budgetary funds (US$79 million dollars – national funds); extensive experience in dealing with UN agencies delivery reports; UNDP combined delivery reports and UN support cost arrangements;

⦁Negotiation and execution of international cooperation programmes provided by TELEBRAS to developing countries either on bilateral basis or in partnership with international organizations (UNDP, ITU, CITEL/OEA, UNIDO etc.);

⦁Preparation of Terms of Reference for national and international bidding announcements for hiring consulting and other services; establishment of criteria for technical and financing proposal evaluation; member of evaluation teams of international biddings carried out by ITU; extensive experience in the negotiation of agreements and contracts with national and international private consulting companies and telecom administrations; benchmarking international consulting services and prices.


1990/1992 – emplyoee of TELEBRAS, Telecomunicações Brasileiras S.A. – Technical Cooperation Officer. Main activities:

⦁Negotiation and implementation of technical cooperation agreements between Brazil and other developing countries (Suriname, Colombia, Uruguay, Honduras etc.);

⦁Full involvement in the formulation of Project BRA/92/012 and negotiation with local authorities and UN agencies for approval;

⦁Active member of “Project Hungary/TELEBRAS” which represented the first pioneer participation of TELEBRAS in an international bidding financed by the World Bank, resulting in the successful provision of consulting services by TELEBRAS to the Hungary Telecom Administration.


1983/1989 - Ministry of Communications - Advisor to the Secretary of International Affairs. Main Activities:

⦁Negotiation and execution of technical cooperation agreements under bilateral and multilateral basis;

⦁Active participation in the negotiation and establishment of consortia composed by national industries to promote the exportation of Brazilian telecom goods and services to developing countries; negotiation with CACEX to obtain credit lines to support financially these operations; among the operations successfully concluded involving the provision of goods and technical cooperation are: with Instituto Ecuatoriano de Telecomunicaciones (Ecuador-US$58 million), with TELESUR (Suriname-US$19 million), with ANTEL (Uruguay-US$80 million);

⦁Responsible for the following-up and control of the activities developed under the “Off-Set” Agreement between Canada and Brazil (resulted from the Hughs satellites acquisition) through which US$200 million of Brazilian goods were exported;

⦁Negotiation and implementation of the “Voluntary Programme”, a special cooperation programme carried out by the Ministry of Communications and the International Telecommunications Union to support developing countries (1983/1990) by selecting and allocating Brazilian experts;

⦁Large experience and full involvement in the organization process of the Brazilian participation in international Telecommunications Conferences: TELECOM’79, ‘83 and ‘87 (Geneva) and in the organization of AMERICAS TELECOM 88 and 96 (Rio de Janeiro); Organization of conferences and international meetings;

⦁Follow-up of Project BRA/87/003 among the International Telecommunications Union and TELEBRAS.


1979/1982 – Ministry of Communications - Assistant to the Secretary for International Affairs. Main activities:

To organize missions undertaken abroad by the Secretary and by the Minister; to organize missions received by the Ministry in Brazil; to convene meetings, prepare support documents and final records of the meetings; to translate letters, speeches and other related material; to support Minister’s interviews with English speaking countries representatives by providing translating services; to manage administrative service staff serving the Secretariat; to prepare and control the agenda of the Secretary; to prepare letters and memos.


1977/1978 - Ministry of Communications - Executive Secretary of the German expert Joachkin Kniestedt, from the Deutsch Bundespost, hired by the UNDP/ITU, to develop broadcasting rules and regulations in Brazil. Main activities:

To organize missions to the field; to prepare letters and memos; to organize and convene meetings and working groups; to translate from English to Portuguese the work produced by the expert and other related material; to work as interpreter for meetings when required; to prepare and control the agenda of the expert and team; to follow-up and prepare correspondences.



High proficiency in the use of computer programs: Words for windows, power point, excel, lotus notes, e-mail, internet search engines, etc. Experience in the support for the design and operation of computer systems and applications for project monitoring (budgetary and inventory control etc).



ability to communicate effectively, persuasively and diplomatically (verbally and in writing); ability to work with people of varied cultural, technical and intellectual backgrounds; strong ethics; initiative; discretion, spirit of cooperation; negotiation skill and maturity of judgment.


PERSONAL INTERESTS: Dancing, travelling and photography.

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