Work History

Work History
Mar 2015 - Present

Assistant Project Officer

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Paris, France
  • Coordinated the programming, resource mobilization, implementation, and monitoring of the global relations strategy and extrabudgetary activities
  • Analyzed and identified strategic partnerships to boost extrabudgetary activities and support policies and programmes, mainly the gender and Africa priorities
  • Contributed technical, research and writing expertise to briefings, reports, articles and presentations on strategic cooperation with multilateral and private partners
  • Collaborated on new organization-wide tool for contact relationship management (CRM); structured cooperation data and developed a comprehensive shared memory
Mar 2014 - Mar 2015

Communication officer, policy and campaigns

European Commission, DG ECHO (Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection), Brussels, Belgium
  •  Lead focal point for the Gender and Age policy, and member of the Gender-Age Working Group and the Ebola Response Task Force
  • Handled planning and advocacy for EU policies, particularly gender, resilience, and education in emergencies, the West Africa and Sahel region, and the recent Ebola epidemic
  • Produced research, content and analysis on development and international cooperation policies, including women and children, refugees, internally displaced persons and civil protection
  • Coordinated the organization of high-level events and the strategic development of the EU Children of Peace and EU Aid Volunteers campaigns
  • Drafted and edited press releases, lines to take, speaking points, speech outlines, briefings and reports for the Cabinet of the Commissioner and the Spokesperson's office
Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

Field Researcher

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Carried out in-depth research relating to peace and conflict, women, internal displacement and policy effectiveness through comprehensive data collection and time-series analysis
  • Conducted field interviews with displaced and non-displaced women and men from urban and rural areas throughout Cyprus, and with relatives of the displaced, government officials, civil society researchers and academics
  • Contributed to the coordination of various projects for the Gender Advisory Team (GAT)
Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

Project assistant, cooperation with the European Union

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Paris, France
  • Wrote and edited (English and French) proposals, reports and briefings on projects funded by the European Union, as well as content for the Intranet and website
  • Analyzed report quality based on project or programme requirements and drafted summary highlighting areas for improvement
  • Supported the Section and Programme Specialist with the coordination of projects via various European Commission DGs and upheld liaison with the Brussels office
Mar 2012 - Aug 2012

Freelance Writer

French Embassy, New York, United States

Drafted external and internal relations content for the Cultural Services and the French American Cultural Exchange programs

Mar 2008 - Oct 2011

Strategy Specialist

Allied Integrated Marketing/Kinetic, Los Angeles, Unites States
  •  Developed, negotiated and implemented strategic communications, creative advertising and promotional initiatives, including media plans and proposals
  • Proactively contributed original ideas and cross-cutting strategies to projects and conducted background research and audience/trend analysis to enhance strategic insight
  • Initiated negotiation opportunities saving on budget and creating added-value promotional placement
  • Established and managed effective relationships inter-departmentally, and with agencies, clients and the media
  • Trained new employees on day-to-day activities; developing strategies, detailed proposals and presentations
Jan 2005 - Jan 2007

External relations assistant

JVS of Greater Boston, Boston, United States
  • Coordinated external relations initiatives while conducting community re-integration efforts
  • Provided counsel, career development, English and writing skills training to refugees and community members
  • Led the creation, editorial planning, content development and design of the internal newsletter
  • Drafted and edited project-specific materials and collateral communication
  • Facilitated and coordinated educational and training programs, galas, conferences and luncheons

Education

Education
2012 - 2014

M.A International Affairs (Honors)

The American University of Paris, Paris, France

Gender and displacement in fragile states

Thesis: “Breaking the silence for peace: inclusive research with displaced women in Cyprus

2003 - 2007

B.Sc Communications (Magna Cum Laude)

Emerson College

Political Communication

Training

EU Foreign Policy challenges, Women and armed conflicts, Household Economy Analysis, Women in humanitarian crises, Reproductive health services in Syria, Enhanced response capacity, Migration in protracted conflicts (IDPs, refugees, returnees), Measuring accountability to beneficiaries, Contact Relationship Management, Resource Mobilization

Languages

Mother tongues: English, French

Other: Farsi, Spanish, Italian

Assets

Skills

Project management

Drafting and editing

Orgnization

Analysis

Teamwork