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About UNICEF: Employment

Andisheh Ghazieh

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Contract Officer
Supply Division
UNICEF, Copenhagen, HQ


Nationality: Iran
Education: BS, Islamic Azad University (Iran)
Field of Study: Industrial Engineering
Languages: English, Persian (Farsi), Dari

Could you share why you decided to join UNICEF and how your experience here has been?

“It has been my ambition since childhood to pursue a career in international development and UNICEF is simply the best job I’ve ever had; the satisfaction of working for children and saving lives is my best UNICEF experience!”

The disastrous earthquake of Bam (Iran) in December 2003 moved me in a way that I gave up my career in the field of Engineering and applied for a temporary post at UNICEF as a Supply Assistant.

I started working at UNICEF Iran as a Supply & Logistics Assistant in June 2004 and was assigned to the BAM emergency programme. After the closure of that programme in 2007, I was appointed as Head of Supply and Logistics Unit in the same office. I was also fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to work in Southern Sudan for more than three months as a Contracts Officer on mission. I was subsequently appointed to my current position as Contracts Officer in the Supply Division of the Vaccine Centre in Copenhagen as of December 2010. I have also been able to work in Lebanon in 2013 for three months as a Supply and Logistics specialist supporting the emergency response in Syria.

It has been my ambition since childhood to pursue a career in international development and UNICEF is simply the best job I have ever had. The satisfaction of working for children and saving lives is the most memorable and rewarding part of it all!


What does a typical workday look like for you?

My work mainly involves managing day-to-day supply and logistics operations of the polio eradication programme. Every day I work with Health specialists in different UNICEF offices around the globe that are dealing with polio eradication activities. All the way from West Africa continent to Pakistan and Afghanistan in Southeast Asia. My job includes serving as a liaison with Oral polio vaccine suppliers, UNICEF Programme Division, WHO Global polio team and other stakeholders to ensure delivery of the oral polio vaccine for the campaigns as well as routine immunization programme.

 
What are some of the most challenging and rewarding parts of your job?’

The key challenge is to guide countries through the complex procedure from beginning to end and provide guidance in terms of appropriate timelines and best possible delivery windows. Another challenge is providing a realistic picture of vaccine supply to decision makers in the global polio eradication programme on a day to day basis to ensure that programmatic efforts would not be interrupted at any point in time.  

What advice do you for people looking to make a career at UNICEF?


My advice to aspiring UNICEF applicants would be this: Be brave, open and try to make the best out of it. If you want to make a difference, UNICEF is the best place. No matter the function and level of your position, we are all here for children and believe me when I say, your voice is going to be heard. We tend to get caught up in our daily grind and sometimes forget exactly how our work is changing lives, but someone somewhere in the world constantly appreciates what you are doing to them. Each one of us is integral to the process of serving children.

 

 

 

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