Rafael joined the UNICEF - Innocenti Research Office in November 2020. He focuses primarily on supporting its research work on COVID and Education with the aim of providing relevant political evidence that is useful to governments during the closing and reopening of schools and beyond, with emphasis on the most vulnerable children. Prior to this current position, he worked at UNICEF Mozambique as the research coordinator consultant for the Longitudinal Assessment of School Dropout in Mozambique. Before UNICEF, he also worked in Mozambique for the London School of Economics with the implementation and impact evaluation of a national program to reduce waiting time in health centers in Mozambique, in partnership with the country's Ministry of Health. He also worked at the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development as the General Evaluation Coordinator, coordinating the team responsible for the analysis and evaluation of the public social policies of the ministry, for example, to evaluate a large-scale government program for early childhood development in Brazil. Rafael has an M.S. in Applied Economics from the University of São Paulo, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Campinas.