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Student Spotlight: Silva Armani at the United Nations

Silva Armani

Silva Armani (IPED 2017) is working in the Political, Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Human Rights office in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General at the United Nations (UN), a position she has held since 2007. The office is responsible for monitoring and providing strategic and policy advice to the Secretary-General as well as senior officials in the Office of the Secretary-General.  Silva provides direct assistance to the Political Director and team, who in turn ensure effective and coordinated UN system analysis, reporting and recommendations on situations and concerns to the Secretary-General.

The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response

In 2014, Silva joined the United Nations’ first Health mission in West Africa to help assist the Office of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response before returning to her post in New York. It was actually from Ghana that she sent in her application for the IPED program where she is currently studying part time while working with the United Nations.

Some images from the UNMEER work Silva was engaged in.

Silva shares her experience joining the UN: “I knew since childhood that I wanted to work for the UN but I didn’t know how I would get my foot in the door. I thought the only way in was through translation, so I graduated with French Translation from Montclair State University. I took an entry exam, once I passed I was put on a roster and then they called me for an initial 3 month contract to help with the General Assembly in the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management.  At the end of my contract, with the encouragement of my then director, I applied to a post in the Scheduling office of the Secretary-General (then Kofi Annan).  After a year and six months, I applied to the Political, peacekeeping, humanitarian and human rights unit in the office of the Secretary-General, and have been in that office since then.”

Silva is pursuing her education as a part-time student while she works full time.

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Student Spotlight: Thiviya Navaratnam at Women’s World Bank

Thiviya Navaratnam is a part-time student with IPED

Thiviya Navaratnam is a part-time student with IPED

Thiviya Navaratnam (IPED 2017) is a Compliance Associate at Women’s World Banking. Women’s World Banking is a non-profit dedicated to helping low-income women in developing countries gain access to financial tools and services to economically empower themselves.

Thiviya works on the Finance team as a Compliance Associate (one of two) with 2016 IPED alumna Veronica Karpoich, Senior Compliance Associate. Thiviya works on contracting and consultant procurement to verify compliance with donors’ requirements.

Thiviya spoke about her task handling the procurement of various translators and interpreters to put on retainer, an arduous but fulfilling project that required finding multiple translators across several languages (quite a large project!)

Thiviya also shares her experience in obtaining her position. “I found the listing through the IPED jobs digest. Veronica, a part-time IPED student at the time, was looking to hire an Associate to work with her and I managed to convince her I was the best person for the job. I would encourage all IPED students to take advantage of the Jobs Digest and reach out to any alumnus they can. I have found that all alumni have been very helpful, and I’ve always appreciated their advice.”

Thiviya manages to keep up her rigorous class schedule as a part-time student while working full time with Women’s World Banking.

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