Sunday, July 19, 2020

Reminiscing the Yesteryears Working for the United Nations

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The photo above is 13 years ago with colleagues based in Cotabato city, when I was still working as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) staff for the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations (UN).

Coming from an ICT reliever work at the International Labour Organization (ILO), also a UN organization, whenever their female ICT was on maternity leave.

The stint at ILO probably got me a favorable advantage to be employed full-time at WFP. ILO was responsible in letting me know about the vacancy and encouraged me to apply. I believe my performance at ILO was more than satisfying.

Working for WFP got me visiting Mindanao (our Cotabato, Iligan and Davao offices) very often since it was the site of our main operations due to the conflicts happening in Mindanao. Frequented Legazpi city too because we also had an office there, though only for a short time, to address a calamity concern. Since we were setting up all offices from scratch, I had every opportunity to learn how our system works from scratch.

WFP exposed me to working with diverse people from different nationalities. Our Country Director was American, our Logistics was from Korea, our Finance was from Myanmar, etc., and several.ICTs from different countries also made their way to the Philippines to help setup our ICT infrastructure.

It was also my first opportunity to go out of the country and receive training in Bangkok, Thailand where our regional headquarters is located.

The organization was not perfect but it was among the ones that gave me the best learning experience because I was involved in most aspects necessary to fulfill my duty. From liasing with government agencies to get permits for our radios, tower antennas, satellite phones and dish, to the procurement of our workstations, servers, and other ICT equipment sourced from both abroad and locally, to preparing yearly budget plans for ICT upgrades and maintenance.

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