How did you get to the UN?
I sent a spontaneous application to the Rwanda country office and was thrilled when I was called for an interview.
What does your position entail?
Wow, it is difficult to give a short answer to this one! I am fortunate that I get to engage with my biggest interest - peace building - in such a varied way. I help compose working papers and reports, I assist the program staff in implementing program activities, I get to meet with different partners and I help carry out field visits. I also assist in the planning of events, e.g. a workshop on SDG 16.
What does your average day look like?
I usually start my day by drafting working papers while I have some great Rwandan coffee. I then meet with my colleagues to discuss program advances. A few times a week we meet/communicate with program implementing partners (e.g. Rwanda Governance Board and different ministries). Through the close collaboration with my UNDP colleagues, I receive feedback on my daily work and also long-term guidance.
What is your favorite thing about working for the UN?
It provides me a forum where I can deeply engage with and advance my passion for peace building and women's empowerment.
What is the key piece of advice you would give to someone interested in working at the UN?
Be yourself and have fun!