Inspiration in Action

Talat Jehan
UNV Communications & Training Officer

1462714_573822239363357_1459000769_o“Very warm Greetings everyone!
It is nothing less than an honour and a great privilege to be part of UNV family, especially when it comes to work with such great and experienced individuals. I am very much delighted and also highly grateful to UNV Pakistan for providing me with an opportunity to start working on this very unique project of empowering marginalized young women of our society through volunteerism and Community focused Radio. Previously along with regular development and capacity building projects, I was also involved in the facilitation process of few voluntary (short term) events such as Youth Volunteering & Networks Workshop and Celebration of International Volunteer Day with UNV (Pakistan), City Cleaning Campaign & Youth Building Peace Workshop with UNDP (Pakistan), UN Wall Campaign and Youth for Climate Change Project with UNIC (Pakistan) and some other voluntary and scouting interventions.

I have a Chartered Post Graduate degree in Human Resource Management (CIPD) from London Metropolitan University, UK and prior experience of working as a Project Manager on UNICEF and USAID funded projects. Recently being recruited as National Regular UNV, Communication and Training Officer with UNWOMEN (Quetta Office).

Looking forward to work with UNWOMEN team and to further learn from the experiences of other UNV colleagues as well. Thank you.”

Natasha Naqvi
UNV Executive Associate

IMG20161108124527“My name is Natasha Naqvi and I have joined as an UNV Executive Associate with UNDP Pakistan. I completed my M.Phil. in Leadership and Management Studies from National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad after graduating in  BSc Hons in Economics and Management from University of London.

I started my career back in 2005 with UNDP as an intern. I joined UNIFEM in 2009 as Programme Assistant, also worked as Administrative Assistant in UNWOMEN in 2010 and as Senior Operations at USAID – Deloitte in 2013.

I am glad to be a part of UNV and hope to learn as much as I can from my fellow colleagues during my tenure here.”

Madiha Qureshi
UNV Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

IMG20161108124527“My name is Madiha Liaqat Qureshi and I have joined as UNV-M&E Officer with UNDP. I am an Environmental Sciences graduate from COMSATS university. I started my career back in 2013 with Save the Children where I have worked as MEAL officer (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) in different Health, Education, Livelihood and WASH projects in the districts Abbottabad and Battagram. After that I joined an International development company Development Alternatives Incorporated and then Plan International as M&E Officer in Islamabad. I have worked on Voice & Accountability and Digital Birth Registration projects in these two organizations.

I am glad to be a part of UNV. I hope to learn as much as I can from my fellow colleagues during my tenure here.

Looking forward to work with the great team.”

Octavie Aebli
UNV Programme Support
UN Women

“I feel very privileged to be able to discover Pakistan – a long lasting dream of mine. Pakistan was my first choice on a list of 20 countries, and I am delighted to support UN WOMEN’s Economic Empowerment Team in Islamabad since March 2017. I am looking forward to getting to know other volunteers and to share this adventure together. I come from Switzerland and I have a Master’s degree in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London. I specialized on Aid Effectiveness and on the impact of Neoliberalism and Democracy for global development.

I had short-term field experiences in Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as a one-year experience with UNICEF in France. I am still a very beginner in the field of development and I have a lot to learn from my colleagues, from other volunteers and from the people of Pakistan. I am happy to exchange ideas and good practices, especially on Women’s Economic Empowerment, and to support each other’s initiatives.” 

Atsuko Maruyama
UNV Programme Policy Officer (Livelihoods)

IMG20161108124527“Thank you so much for warm welcoming. I am very excited to join you as a WFP UNV Programme Policy Officer (Livelihoods). It is my first time to work in Pakistan and I feel myself like a baby now as I do not know Pakistani local language & culture, work at UN. You are my advisors, colleagues but at the same time, you are my parents, brothers and sisters in Pakistan. I will try my very best to grow up as quickly as possible with your support so that I could contribute people in Pakistan and the UN.

Before joining WFP, I worked with Consulting & Sales for Manufacturing Industry (4 years) and Global Human Resources Development (2 years) in Private Sector; Project Development and Coordination in Guatemala (2 years); and as an Intern at the Inter-American Development Bank in Colombia (2 months).

I did my Master degrees in International Peace Studies, United Nations-mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica and Political Science with major in Global Politics, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. I obtained my BA in Policy Studies (B.A.) from Chuo University, Japan.

Traveling is my hobby and visited 80 countries (This year I visited my friends in Israel- Palestine, Jordan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, etc.).

Federica Lacava
UNV Donor Liaison Officer

Dear colleagues, it is a pleasure to introduce myself to our UN family. I am Federica Lacava, I’m Italian and I’m serving the FAO Representative Office in Islamabad as UNV Donor Liaison Officer since October 2016.

Prior coming to Pakistan, I have worked with several INGOs in USA, Brazil, Caribbean, Mozambique and DR Congo running development projects and delivering humanitarian assistance in the areas of  HIV/AIDS, Food Security and SGBV in conflict zones.

My areas of expertise are Programme management and Resources mobilization. I am truly committed to serve as humanitarian agent for the benefit of vulnerable communities; hence during my previous job experiences in the mentioned countries, I have always volunteered with CBOs and got the most out of those experiences, personally and professionally.

I graduated in Political Science, and I hold a Master in International Relations. I am continuing my postgraduate studies in Gender and Peace Building, willing to contribute with my passion to achieve gender equality worldwide.’

Agnes Nabakooza Kintu
UNV Procurement Officer

1‘Greetings everyone! I am Agnes Nabakooza Kintu and I just arrived in Islamabad to join the UNV team as a Procurement Officer attached to the FATA Recovery Programme and i will be based in Peshawar.

Born in Uganda, East Africa, I studied for Bachelors of Arts in Education; majoring in English and Literature, from Makerere University. I obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University- Nkozi. I also hold a CIPs certificate up to level 2. Presently I am completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the Eastern and South African Institute (ESAMI) based in Arusha, Tanzania.

Upon completion of my degree in 1995, I taught English and Literature at Namasagali College in Eastern Uganda, where I handled secondary school students ranging from age 12 to 20. I taught in two more schools after that; namely, Green Hill Academy and Uganda Martyrs Secondary School, Namugongo. I have a teaching experience of 11 years.

I joined UNDP Uganda as an Intern in 2006, attached to the Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit (CPRU). A year after that, i joined the CPR Unit as a Programme Assistant unitl 2010.

In 2011, I joined the Procurement Unit as a Procurement Associate until 30th June this year. I have been the Officer In Charge (OIC) of the Unit since November, 2015 until I left.

Altogether, I boast of a working experience of 20 years since I completed my Bachelors Degree.

At UNDP Peshawar, overall, I will be mandated to ensure execution of transparent and efficient procurement services and processes in the project.’

Mehnaz Begum
UNV Livelihoods Assistant

1“It gives me an immense pleasure to introduce myself. I am Mehnaz Begum currently working as Livelihoods Assistant, in UNDP Peshawar, Pakistan. I joined UNDP in November 2015 as a consultant to support UNDP team working in Early Recover & Preparedness Response Project. I have been selected as UNV in FATA Recovery Program (FRP) very recently.

Basically from kurram Agency, FATA, I have completed my Masters in Psychology from the University of Peshawar. I am also holding an additional Bachelors’ degree in education along with certificates in Information technology and Microsoft Office.

After completing my Master’s Degree, I started my professional carrier as a psycho-social counselor in a local NGO. Besides that, I also worked in different donor funded projects, which focused on WASH, Health & Nutrition, Child Protection, Food security & livelihoods etc.

Working as National UNV with the UN family, I am happy to serve the people of my area through different kind of activities, as the project I am working in is assisting the conflict affected people of FATA.

It’s my pleasure to be a part of UNV family. Thank you”.

Thais Lara Marcozo Severo
UNV Associate Refugee Status Determination Officer

Hello, my name is Thais Severo and I have just arrived in Quetta to join the UNHCR RSD team as an Associate RSD Officer.

I am from São Paulo, Brazil, where I was working with UNHCR since 2010, mainly with Protection and RSD. I studied International Affairs and obtained my Master's Degree in Human Rights from the University of São Paulo.

Prior to arriving in Pakistan, I was responsible for a project called Quality Assurance Initiative (QAI) focused on strengthening the Brazilian asylum system. Therefore, I was responsible for training the national RSD Officers and reviewing and recommending changes on our national refugee law. I also had the opportunity to work as a National UNV as a Field Assistant in Manaus, Brazil, where I was responsible for monitoring UNHCR program.

In my current position, I am mainly responsible for assisting the RSD unit in Quetta providing feedback and reviewing the assessments.

Liaqat Ali
UNV Data Management & Analysis Associate

Hello, everyone! I am Liaqat Ali and I just joined UNV as Data Management and Analysis Associate with Strengthening Rule of Law Project (SRLP) UNDP,Peshawar.

Born in Buner, KPK, I did my masters in Information Technology from the University of Agricultural, Peshawar. Besides, I also hold a number of international certifications from Microsoft; and I also have authored a book. I started off my career with the UN-HABITAT Pakistan as ICT Assistant. Working within UN system, I got another opportunity as ICT Officer with UNDP, Rule of Law Project from 2012 to 2015. My area of responsibility was the overall supervision of ICT infrastructure at Provincial level at UNDP Sub-office, Peshawar. I also served Rabt Development Organization, Peshawar as Data Analyst.

During my stay with UNDP’s Rule of Law Project, I worked along with the Project team to develop,“M&E Result Reporting System” to track Project’s activities and progress. Moreover, being part of the SRLP, I contributed in developing a number of softwares/databases for Gov’t departments; well known of them are:“Strategic Analysis Management System” for Strategic Analysis Wing - Provincial Crisis Management Cell” in Home & Tribal Affairs Department, KPK. The software generates threat assessment reports and is used for decision making process at provincial level. I also installed ICT infrastructure at the “Research Wing” at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy KPK;“SMS Dissemination Information System” for District Court Swat; “Prison Management Information System” at Home Department, KPK; Digitization of Land and Revenue Record System” Charsadda, and Peshawar districts; ICT infrastructure at Regional Training Center, Swat; Prosecution Management Information System; ICT infrastructure at Mini Forensic Lab at Regional Training Center, Swat;and last, the establishment and operationalization of the ICT infrastructure at UNDP, Sub-Office Peshawar.

I’m very happy to join the UNV team in UNDP’s Strengthening the Rule of Law Project. My core responsibility will be data analysis and managing the Project database.

Arsalan Malik
UNV Programme Support Officer

I would like to avail this opportunity to briefly introduce myself to everyone in the UN family, I am Arsalan Malik and I am working as a Programme Support Officer for UNODC office in Islamabad.

I am a Canadian of Pakistani origin who has spent most of my life in Mississauga, Canada. I hold a BA honours in Criminology from York University and a Master in Security, Terrorism and Society from King’s College London.

While studying at King’s College I also interned with the renowned think tank “International Institute of Strategic Studies” as a Security Analyst for Central and South Asia. After completing my Master I joined the UNODC office in the Islamic Republic of Iran as an intern to gain more practical experience and contributed towards activities related to improving the criminal justice response against transnational organized crime. In my previously role at the UNODC office in Pakistan as an International Consultant since 2013, I worked closely with police and the drug liaison officers of various countries in developing the capacity of national law enforcement agencies in Pakistan for overcoming the challenges posed by drug and human trafficking.

It is a pleasure to again join the UNV family here in Islamabad as a Volunteer and I thank the UNV for this opportunity and I look forward to making a meaningful contribution during my tenure’.

Henriette Bjoerge
UNV Communications & Advocacy Officer
UN Women

2‘Hi everyone, I am Henriette Bjorge and I am working as a Communications and Advocacy Officer for UN Women based in Islamabad.

I was born in Aalesund on the west coast of Norway, and I have spent most of my adult life living in Oslo.  I hold a Bachelor of International Relations from Bond University and a Master of Diplomacy and Trade from Monash University in Australia.

Previously, I have worked within administration and diplomacy at the South Korean and Afghan embassies in Norway.  As I worked closely with the only female ambassador from Afghanistan for over two years as an executive assistant and advisor, I witnessed the tough reality for women in a male dominated society where women’s rights are close to non-existing. This exposure as well as a strong sense of justice led me in large part to my current interest and career path, which recently included volunteer humanitarian work in Afghanistan.  In 2013 I worked as an education consultant for the Aga Khan Foundation in the province of Bamyan, and there I had the pleasure of being a ski instructor for Afghan youths. I found it difficult to exclude the girls, so I initiated a separate ski school and an annual female ski race, and I have returned every year since to continue the project.

With both personal and professional experience in issues related to development and gender equality, I have had a long term interest in working for the UN in order to make a meaningful contribution to this field.  I would like to thank UNV for this opportunity, and I really look forward to my assignment here in Pakistan. I hope to meet you all soon’.

Asni Yurika
UNV Logistics Officer (Milling)

1Hi, I am Asni Yurika and I am working as a Logistic Officer (Milling) based in Peshawar in the office of the United Nations World Food Programme.

Originally from Indonesia, I began my UN Career path with UN WFP Tsunami Operation in Aceh-Indonesia, and continue serving other UN agencies in the country for almost 11 years round. My first encounter with UNV was in year 2013 when I joined the UNV team as a Programme Officer based in Hargeisa-Somalia in the office of the United Nations World Food Programme.

Having finished the contract, I decided to not extending and returned back to Indonesia opening the charity foundation providing free early childhood education for the poor community.

In the Office of World Food Programme-Peshawar, I am mainly responsible for the entire milling supervision spread over throughout Pakistan in which 70% of the organization’s operation rely on the successful of this activity.

Rahmathullah Mohamed
Associate Reporting Officer
UNHCR Mohamed Rahmathullah hails from Sri Lanka and working in UNHCR Pakistan as UNV Associate Reporting Officer. Prior to this assignment, he worked with UNHCR Sri Lanka in 2011 as a National UN Volunteer as Repatriation Assistant. He also worked with UN-Habitat Sri Lanka as a Monitoring and Reporting Officer. Having been in UN-Habitat for more than three years, he has been exposed to various aspects of Home Owner Driven process of the Housing Reconstruction and Infrastructure Development projects in the North and East of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Mohamed has more than 10 years of working experience with the IDPs and refugees in the Sri Lankan conflict and post-conflict contexts. His experience in the humanitarian sector of Sri Lanka, expands from disability, disaster, relief and rehabilitation, housing reconstruction and infrastructure development, refugee repatriation, training and capacity building, community mobilization, promotion of Human Rights and Minority Rights.

Mr. Mohamed completed Masters in Development Studies and Public Policy from Open University of Sri Lanka and had another masters in Peacebuilding from Coventry University, UK. He believes in networking and synchronizing knowledge are the key for resource sharing to address the needs of the needy people. In addition to his professional life, he likes to do reading and learning languages.

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