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Eleanor Reserva ’19 at UNICEF

Eleanor Reserva joined the UNICEF Data, Research, and Policy (DRP) Division as an intern in the Spring 2018 semester. She works under the supervision of Liliana Carvajal, IPED 2004 alumna, who serves as the focal point for Health at the Data and Analytics Section of DRP. Eleanor first met Ms. Carvajal during IPED’s career trip to the UN. In November 2017, UNICEF called for volunteers for data support work which Eleanor contributed to. After several weeks, the initial task called for a longer commitment and opened the door for an internship opportunity.

Eleanor at the IPED Career Trip to the UN last November 2017.

As an intern, Eleanor supports the projects and initiatives of the health data and analytics section. In particular, she conducts data analyses, creates data visualizations, manages maternal and newborn care databases, and generates reports for the health data and analytics section. She has also provided data support for the Every Child ALIVE campaign and the Progress for Every Child in the SDG Era report. “I have good background and exposure in quantitative analyses, but not in health. Not having the technical expertise was intimidating at the beginning, but I am thankful that Liliana guides me all the way through. It helps too that Liliana is an IPED alumna and therefore understands the mentoring I need and how to best complement the IPED Program,” says Eleanor.

Eleanor ’19 discussing several ideas for the Every Child ALIVE campaign with Liliana Carvajal ’04.

Eleanor during the Every Child ALIVE Campaign Launch in February 2018.

The internship also allowed Eleanor to be rapporteur for technical experts meetings regarding SDG indicators, such as the Adolescent Mental Health and Skilled Birth Attendant. She cites these meetings as one of the highlights of her internship and feels grateful to have witnessed how the raw and rough discussions evolved into actionable plans for all the stakeholders involved.

Eleanor with representatives from UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean Regional

In her remaining months at UNICEF, Eleanor looks forward to seeing her work contribute to the goals of the UNICEF Health Data and Analytics Section of DRP in an integral way.

 

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Mahlatse Ramoroka ’19 and UN Women

By: Mahlatse Ramoroka ’19

I am a South Africa national, currently part of the IPED program through the South African Centennial Scholarship. I am interning with United Nations Women at the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO). The mission of UN Women is “to enhance accountability, inform decision making and contribute to learning on gender equality.” The IEO facilitates the monitoring and implementation of wider gender stratification throughout the bodies or agencies of the United Nations. The primary focus of the office is on adopting gender-responsive, decentralized and cooperative evaluation systems at a national level that strengthen the capacities of women and girls across the board. My responsibilities as an intern include handling administrative duties, conducting research on the UN’s System Wide Action Plan (SWAP), taking notes in meetings, and analyzing evaluation reports. I have been doing some detailed research on goal 6 – clean water and sanitation – of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with particular attention to applying the UN-SWAP framework to the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) sector, gender equality and institutional governance.

One of the most significant highlights of my internship is being able to participate and observe, by attending and helping at events, how gender equality is championed. On the 22nd of November 2017, I attended the launch of the campaign that seeks to end violence against women and girls, led by the Executive Director of UN Women, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ncquka. The campaign was launch under the theme “Leave no one behind: End violence against women and girls”.

 

Interacting with people from different countries, at different levels of the organization has been another life-changing experience for me. I am enjoying my experience at UN Women, at it continues to afford me various learning opportunities.

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United Nations Career Trip

By: Sarah Garwood ’19

Friday, October 20th, the first year IPED students embarked upon a full day of meetings and events on the United Nations complex in Manhattan, New York. The day started with a visit to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Equator Initiative office. Jamison Ervin, the manager of the UNDP Global Programme on Nature for Development, spoke with the group about the Equator Prize, the New York Declaration on Forests, and why climate justice is integral to development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Several Fordham IPED students work at the UNDP Equator Initiative office part time through the Arrupe Fellowship. Students asked questions about development finance, internships, and nature-based solutions for development.

UNDP and Fordham IPED celebrate a robust partnership.

UNDP Jamison Ervin presenting to Fordham IPED students.

After that, the IPED Fordham group headed to the UNICEF office where we were greeted by Liliana Carvajal, Statistics and Monitoring Specialist at UNICEF and 2004 Fordham IPED Alumna. Liliana showed us data on infant and maternal mortality and explained how to use this data to track trends and progress on the SDGs. We also heard from an HR representative to hear more about the application process for potential internships and jobs at UNICEF in New York.

IPED Alumna Liliana Carvajal ’04 at UNICEF.

Fordham IPED students at UNICEF presentation.

Fordham IPED visits UNICEF.

For lunch, we went to the prestigious UN Delegates Dining Room. We shared a meal with our Director, Dr. Henry Schwalbenberg, as well as current and former Alumni who work at the United Nations.

In the afternoon, we were hosted at the United States Mission to the United Nations by Political Advisor to Ambassador Nikki Haley, Leslie Ordeman. He explained the process of creating and relaying policy briefings to the ambassador and international parties. He also shared about his background and what it looks like to choose the Foreign Service Officer path.

Leslie Ordeman, Political Advisor, speaks with students at the US Mission.

The day concluded with a tour of the United Nations Headquarters. Guides showed us the UN Security Council Chamber, the UN General Assembly Hall, exhibits on the damage of nuclear war, and human rights documents, among other pieces. It was inspiring to be in a place where so much happens. Many of us were inspired throughout the day, seeing our dreams up close and within reach.

UN Security Council Chamber.

Students outside the UN Headquarters.

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