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Work experience

Mar 2014Present

Communications Officer

Marie Stopes International Mongolia

Key responsibilities:- Writing: grant proposals, website copy, articles, reports, case studies; Website design; Social media management; Editing and proofreading; Consultation through graphic design process; Creation of promotional and educational materials; Research; Strategic and operational communications planning; Creating new partnership opportunities; Fostering existing stakeholder relationships; Building staff capacity in Monitoring & Evaluation; Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights advocacy; Teaching English to Senior Management and Social Marketing teams; Assisting with SRH awareness events at local universities and World Youth Day celebrations.

Aug 2012Mar 2014

Editor & Writer

Melbourne Arts Club

With all the walls that are built up around us, whether it is through race, religion, sexuality, class or gender, Karla O’Connor is a firm believer that finding a voice or a platform for self-expression is an important way of breaking through the barriers.

A creative individual with a degree in International Community Development and Sociology, Karla has been privileged to live and work in various countries around the world, using the arts and education as a means of promoting social change.

Back home in Melbourne, Karla has also dabbled in various creative projects with refugee communities, from activist exhibitions with Refugee Action Collective to engaging newly arrived refugee students using social circus workshops with Westside Circus.

Her writing is informed by her passion for social justice, community development and her belief in the personal strengths that come from the creative process and participation in cultural practices.

Aug 2013Mar 2014

Marketing and Communcations Intern

Marie Stopes International Australia

Australian market analysis: research and report on potential partners; Creation of Dr Marie Brand Book; Contribute to 'Bare for Basics' social media campaign; Support the Marketing and Communications team in all ad hoc project duties

Apr 2012Oct 2012

Project Support

Westside Circus

The Circus Bridging program is a series of engaging, school based social circus workshops to support the transition of at risk and newly arrived refugee students from language schools into mainstream secondary school.

Desk review: effective arts engagement; Support development and delivery of program; Assist with documentation: photography; Develop evaluation framework and plan (for 2012-2013); Draft/pre-test evaluation tools - including data collection and analysis; Produce final evaluation report, including case studies; Work with a specific culturally diverse stakeholder group

Sep 2011Feb 2012

Community Development Officer and Teacher/Youth worker

The Build Project

English Teacher to young Burmese migrants living in Mae Sot, on the Thai/Burma Border; Design and implementation of a youth mentoring program (Big Brother/Big Sister) with Build Project students and orphaned or abandoned children living at Social Action for Women (SAW) Child Crisis Center; Improve organizational communications strategy; Organize recreational activities with displaces youth: stencil art workshops, sports events; Assist with student art exhibition 'The Light in the Dark'


Mar 2010Jun 2013

BA International Community Development

Victoria University

Examine social issues in the global South, as well as structures of global power and inequalities.