Nutrition Section Programme Division
UNICEF, New York, HQ
Education: BS, University of Western Ontario (Canada); MS, Tufts University (USA); MA, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy- Tufts University (USA)
Field of Study: Nutrition, Nutrition Science and Policy, Law and Diplomacy
Languages: English, Cantonese (Basic), French (Basic), Portuguese (Basic)
“UNICEF is the reason why I went to grad school. It is a privilege to do what I love and to work with such dedicated and passionate colleagues and friends to serve the world’s children.”
I have been associated with UNICEF for ten years now. My first role with UNICEF was as an intern with UNICEF East Timor, while I was still in grad school. After I completed my graduation, I joined UNICEF Guinea as a consultant. From there I went on to work as a consultant and staff member for UNICEF Afghanistan. I was required to move to Angola for personal reasons and joined World Food Programme where my work involved regular collaboration with UNICEF to meet sectorial needs. Later I joined UNICEF NYHQ where I am now working as the Nutrition Specialist- Global Nutrition Cluster.
UNICEF is the Cluster Lead Agency for Nutrition and I support country offices to ensure that nutrition sector’s needs are identified, advocated for and met in a coordinated way with partners during an emergency.
One of the my favourite experiences in my UNICEF career is doing emergency nutrition survey work because it gives me the valuable opportunity to hear directly from women and their families about their concerns and needs in remote emergency- affected locations. I also get to use my technical skills to assess the nutrition status of children and women and build the capacity of national government and colleagues for sustainable change. It is always a very rewarding experience for me when the survey results are used to advocate and design programmes to meet needs and improve equity for affected and vulnerable groups.
My advice to aspiring UNICEF applicants - Be proactive and open to any opportunities (volunteer, internships, NETI, JPO, consultancies along with staff positions). Learn more about UNICEF and upload your CV on UNICEF’s e-recruitment system on www.unicef.org. Look at job descriptions of UNICEF jobs that you would like to have and attain the requirements (i.e. language and education). Contact the countries and sections that you would want to work with and explain how your skills can help them accomplish their goals.