UNICEF, Copenhagen, HQ
Education: High School, (Belgium)
Field of Study: Logistics
Languages: English, French, Danish
“My 8 years in UNICEF have been the most satisfying and exciting time of my life; not only because of the work that I am doing but also because, I have been confronted with the very hard realities of situations in the field and have managed to come out with the motivation and inspiration to work even harder for UNICEF and its mission”
I began my career at UNICEF in 2003 as a Warehouse Assistant and in 2008, became a Warehouse Supervisor. As part of the warehouse supervisory team, I help organise daily operations in the Supply Division warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark. My main role is to keep control and organise the production of UNICEF standard kits which are packed at Supply Division and dispatched for emergency response and program implementation.
I have worked in the Supply Division warehouse for three years and during that time have participated in various missions to coordinate local packing in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. My best experiences have been on missions for which I have been deployed as surge capacity. I have met many field colleagues with whom I shared ideas and experiences, and have become good friends with. The most challenging and exciting mission of my life was when I was deployed to Haiti shortly after the earthquake in January 2010.
The main challenge of my work is to be able to deliver help at the right place at the right moment and to be able to help a country/region without harming or compromising another.
My advice to aspiring UNICEF applicants –Join UNICEF when you feel ready because once you are in the organisation, and you understand and realise how important the mission of UNICEF is, it becomes very difficult to find motivation or excuses to leave.