Ms. Singhpaiboonporn had worked as a C4D Specialist in the UNICEF Regional Office for East and Southeast Asia for over 20 years from 1988 – 2008. During her employment with UNICEF, Urai planned and implemented communication and behavior change interventions for child care and practices among family and community in the six Tsunami-affected provinces in the south of Thailand using Participatory Learning Approach (PLA). She also managed C4D support to the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand. She also produced and conducted pre-test and post-test of IEC materials on AHI preparedness and prevention. In recent years, Ms. Singhpaiboonporn introduced the PLA approach in the design and production of Avian Influenza Preparedness and Prevention communication campaign for the Karen refugees living in camps in Maesod, Tak province. The IEC materials included posters and radio spots in Karen minority languages.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Urai worked for the Press Development Institute of Thailand (1986-1988) as Programme manager responsible for organizing training workshops for media personnel and edited the Institute’s bi-monthly publication, as well as produced and translated Thai version of the DepthNews developmental features for distribution to Thai dailies. Earlier, she worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London (1978 – 1985) as radio producer and Thai-English translator. Urai began her career as a journalist first working for “The News Synopsis” (1993-994) and then with the Mass Communication organization of Thailand (MCOT) from 1974 – 1977 where she “walked the beat” and report forTV, radio and print media.
Urai Singpaiboonporn obtained her MA (Development Communication) from Chulalongkorn University; and BA (Political Science) from Thammasart University, Bangkok, Thailand. Additionally, she attended numerous in-house UNICEF Programme Communication training workshops as well as a joint one month short course run by the Cornell University and the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore in 1994 and was awarded the Certificate on Communication Development and Planning.