Name: Emily Zinck
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I recently received my MSc in International Health with distinction from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. For my graduate dissertation, I spent 4 weeks doing research in Kenya, conducting semi-structured interviews, PRA activities with children and focus group discussions. My dissertation looked at the role of peace education in post-conflict settings; specifically how children perceive the peace club at their school and its potential for positively effecting children’s psychosocial well-being. I am in the process of preparing my results for publication, in partnership with my supervisor at QMU, Carola Eyber. Throughout my education, I have developed a variety of research skills, including a familiarity with SPSS as well as qualitative data analysis software and procedures. I also have received some training in report and proposal writing. I have experience working in research besides my academic background. I was a research assistant for 2 years, looking at different types of asthma medication for children and its effects. I worked independently and was required to present the data to the supervising doctor on a regular basis. I believe that my work in administrative posts over the past 5 years, often in office settings, has equipped me with valuable skills that would be useful for fulfilling the duties of any post. I am very comfortable with Microsoft Office and various other computer software programs. I am a quick learner and would be capable of using new programs and software effectively. My internship with Networks for Change further developed my communication skills, as my main task was networking with NGOs via telephone and email on a regular basis. I also have experience in web-page development at Dalhousie University, contributing to content development and layout at the International Student & Exchange Office. My travels have allowed me to interact with people of varying backgrounds and contexts. I believe this interaction is important for building effective cross-cultural communication skills. I have participated in a women’s conference in Dubai, both as a facilitator and participant which exposed me to women from many different backgrounds and how we can work together to defend and promote women’s rights. I was responsible for organizing and facilitating meetings, group discussions and presentations. I am a good communicator, with experience in public speaking and group facilitation. I work well with people and I know what it means to be a team player.