As a communications professional with more than five years experience working for international nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations, I have versatile expertise writing, editing, developing proposals and performing media outreach.
Through my professional experiences, I have written, edited and contributed to a range of materials focused on international development. While working for the Extending Service Delivery (ESD) Project, for example, I collaborated with technical experts to develop case studies and technical briefs, conveying the work of our country programs and of our integrated, regional program in Asia and the Middle East. By reviewing data compiled by our monitoring and evaluation experts, I devised thoughtful ways of conveying our accomplishments and the breadth of our work as well as the challenges we faced. My strongest contributions were seen in technical briefs on our programs in Indonesia and Yemen, two countries to which I travelled while with ESD. My work in these countries resulted in contributions to two technical briefs, a documentary film and several feature articles, which appeared in international development magazines.
Similarly, working for PATH, a nongovernmental organization with public health programs in more than 70 countries, I have written and edited fact sheets on topics including maternal and child health, reproductive health and nutrition. My work for PATH has also familiarized me with writing for donors in the field of international development. In the past year, I have helped to edit and write proposals to USAID, the Dutch Government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Additionally, I was able to hone my research skills by developing research dossiers on the use of injectable contraceptives in India and specifically in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Those dossiers were used as a baseline for PATH’s growing presence in India.
Through my voluntary contributions to Amman Imman, a water project in Niger, I researched rainfall patterns in the country, turning the data into compelling copy on why the organization’s efforts in central Niger are relevant and necessary. I have also contributed to prospect research on donors and possible partnerships with other entities working in the region.
During my career, and particularly under contracts with the United Nations, I have demonstrated the ability to work efficiently and accurately on editorial projects. Reporting on the deliberations of General Assembly Committees requires me to quickly and accurately synthesize technical information in an extremely fast-paced environment.