Change Management Office
UNICEF, New York, HQ
Nationality: Republic of Korea
Education: Stanford University (USA); Columbia University (USA)
Field of Study: English, Communications; Journalism
Languages: English, Korean, French
"Joining UNICEF professionally meant being a part of a force for good which I knew well personally. My parents had benefitted from UNICEF assistance as children. This conviction – in UNICEF’s role in shaping the present and future lives of children worldwide – was important for me in seeking to join the Organisation.”
I joined UNICEF in May 2001 as Information-Communication Officer with the Afghanistan Country Office, stationed in Islamabad, Pakistan and, later, in Kabul. I served next as Chief of Communication in the Uganda Country Office from 2004 to 2010. Currently, I am the Communication Specialist with the Change Management Office in New York.
On a typical day, I might facilitate a webinar between Field Offices and the team here; update the FAQs document for our Implement 360° website; meet with Division of Communication colleagues to plan video coverage of an upcoming training event; field queries coming in through our VISION@unicef.org e-mail account; work on the next issue of Change Connection, our quarterly e-newsletter; and get a discussion thread going in our Yammer group. I sometimes feel that there are not enough hours in the day.
Many of the memorable experiences I have had while working for UNICEF involved working in field locations where I would witness at first hand the impact of UNICEF-supported programmes, and would help document this difference in the lives of children and their communities. I am a firm believer in the need to see the story in order to be able to tell the story.
My advice to aspiring UNICEF applicants - With a commitment to the rights of children, with demonstrated expertise in your particular field of work and with an open-minded readiness to build upon that expertise in very diverse settings, you will find it a source of immense pride and privilege to serve in UNICEF – made all the more rewarding by working with and learning from great colleagues hailing from the world over.
If I were to describe my experience at UNICEF, it would be with one word: Life-changing.