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About UNICEF: Employment

Lucia Elmi


UNICEF, Mauritania

Nationality: Italy
Education: University of Bologna (Italy); University of Sussex (UK)
Field of Study: Political Science, International Relations
Languages: English, Italian, French
“At UNICEF I have had the privilege of serving in a number of countries, regions and roles, and had some very interesting, challenging and at the same time enriching experiences while working on diverse issues in the field as well as in New York HQ.”
Working with UNICEF is a privilege to make a difference.

We are dealing with an increasing number of humanitarian crises in very challenging environments. Alleviating suffering and most importantly preventing suffering from happening all together, is a collective responsibility and we need everybody's support in making this happen.

UNICEF has provided me with the platform to grow in my professional and personal paths and serve in a number of countries, regions and roles, while working with highly committed people from UNICEF, governments’ partners , civil society organizations and NGO’s.

I started working with UNICEF in Lebanon in 1998 as M&E Officer employed as a United Nations Volunteer. Subsequently, I moved to Amman, Jordan, to work in the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa as Regional Researcher. In 2001, I served as Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with UNICEF in Jakarta, Indonesia, where I provided technical guidance to district-level social development planning processes. In 2002, I had the challenging and enriching experience of going on surge mission to Kabul to support the UNICEF humanitarian programmes in Afghanistan. In 2003, I was appointed Deputy Head of Office in Pristina, Kosovo, responsible for the formulation, planning, design, implementation and evaluation of the medium-term reconstruction and development programme. In 2005, I joined the Office of Emergency Programmes in New York HQ as Emergency Specialist to support the countries affected by the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, until my appointment as Chief of the Humanitarian Field Support Section, also in EMOPS, in 2009 until recently. Currently I have been appointed as the Representative to Mauritania.

My advice to aspiring UNICEF applicants - Be open, brave and bold. Consider serving UNICEF in at least one humanitarian operation as it builds the foundations for a number of important skills that will serve you to develop your knowledge and understanding for many other contexts.



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