Graduate Lisa Zimmermann now works in UNICEF, read her story here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHaving studied International Development Studies with Spanish in Chester as an international student, continuing my studies abroad felt natural. During my Masters in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute in Geneva I focused on post-conflict contexts and child rights, specifically education and child protection aspects. Focused internships, research seminars and consultancies with international NGOs and UN agencies in my areas of interest during my Masters, both at headquarters level and in the field, allowed me to gain first hand experience working in development and humanitarian settings. Working with RET International in Burundi I supported the monitoring, evaluation and implementation of project activities focused on life skills for youth. This was followed by a deployment to UNICEF in Burundi to support the coordination of the child protection response during the onset of the crisis in 2015. I then went on to work with Plan International in Myanmar for over two years, leading the child protection in emergencies response in two States affected by conflict and natural disasters.

My current position at UNICEF in Uganda working in Child Protection in Emergencies is a reflection and continuation of my studies in Chester and Geneva and work with several international NGOs. In my role I focus on programme management of child protection interventions for emergency-affected children. This includes providing technical support to NGOs to deliver child protection activities in refugee settlements and host communities, monitoring and reporting on these interventions, as well as ensuring emergency preparedness planning for child protection. Working in humanitarian response can be hectic, challenging and tiring but is equally rewarding. I enjoy working in offices with colleagues from different countries and backgrounds where I am able to continue speaking different languages, whilst closely engaging with civil society and government stakeholders.

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