Division of Financial and Administrative Management
UNICEF, New York, HQ
Education: BA, Stony Brook University (USA); MA, Columbia University (USA)
Field of Study: Economics and Business Management
Languages: English, Amharic, French (Basic)
“I am proud to be with an organization dedicated to helping children gain access to health care, education, rights and civil liberties in the less developed countries of the world”
I come from an under developed country where children suffer from extreme poverty every day of their lives. I was lucky to experience the opportunities at UNICEF and I feel compelled to work for those children who do not have the opportunities that I’ve had.
I was hired by UNICEF as a NETI in 2009 under planning and project management. I started my work with the Change Management Office and recently got appointed as a Business Analyst with the Division of Financial and Administrative Management (DFAM) in the office of the Comptroller. Currently, DFAM is actively involved in activities leading to the adoption of IPSAS and implementation of the single application ERP system.
A typical work day consists of very different activities relating to coordinating activities in this area among the four sections within DFAM. Working with UNICEF has helped me develop a multidimensional perspective as I get the opportunity to interact with staffs from diverse backgrounds and varied experiences. It has been exciting to be a part of a team that is concerned with communicating information that helps build on the capacity of field staff to enable them to perform their functions efficiently from a financial and administrative perspective.
My advice to aspiring UNICEF applicants - Be ready to work hard for an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children worldwide. Once in the organization and faced with challenges, inefficacies and bureaucracy, never lose sight of your passion to help children.