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Unv Experience In Sudan

  1. Şehnaz ÖZDAMAR LOGİSTİCS OFFICER – UNMİS NOVEMBER 2010 – MARCH 2011 United Nations Volunteer Experience in Sudan
  2. Who am I? <ul><li>International Cooperation Professional </li></ul><ul><li>3 7 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Bicultural (Turkish-French) </li></ul><ul><li>Sensitive to cultural and ethnic values </li></ul><ul><li>With intellectual curiosity </li></ul>
  3. What is my background? <ul><li>10 years of experience in Logistics, International Trade, Consultancy and Management . </li></ul><ul><li>In the past I worked for French Trade Mission in Turkey, Schneider Group, Puig Group. Vodafone and Orange. </li></ul><ul><li>I hold a : </li></ul><ul><li>Master Degree on Industrial Economics </li></ul><ul><li>B . S in Business Administration </li></ul>
  4. Why did I become UNV- United Nations Volunteer? <ul><li>To be part of a peacekeeping mission </li></ul><ul><li>To contribute to a memorable referendum in Sudan </li></ul><ul><li>To be on the field </li></ul><ul><li>To support peace and development </li></ul><ul><li>To discover new culture s differently </li></ul><ul><li>To be inspired and to inspire others </li></ul>
  5. What was my assignment? I joined UNMIS-United Nations Mission in Sudan to support the Southern Sudan Referendum as part of UNIRED-United Nations Integrated Referendum and Electoral Division . I was assigned as Logistics Officer from November 2010 to March 2011. I covered 2 counties in Southern Sudan: Ikotos and Budi
  6. What was my role ? <ul><li>My principal role was to advise and support the Referendum process; </li></ul><ul><li>I work ed closely with County Committees assisting them in their planning and operations . </li></ul>
  7. Where were my duty stations? During the Referendum, I stayed in Torit and Ikotos in the state of Eastern Equatoria, located in the south-eastern corner of Sudan . I stayed in a military base in Torit Team Site and lived in a sharing container. To cover at the county level, I stayed during 1 month in Ikotos County .
  8. What did I discover? <ul><li>I worked in a multicultural team </li></ul><ul><li>I had the chance to attain air patrols, visited different regions </li></ul><ul><li>I acquired new competencies in communication, received trainings. </li></ul>
  9. Which were the professional challenges? <ul><ul><li>Logistics Operations : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Sudan is the largest Country in Africa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our time was limited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure is poor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rain season effect s transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management & Team : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural differences, diversity of the team, different backgrounds </li></ul></ul>
  10. Which were other challenges to face? <ul><ul><li>Living conditions: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Life in a military base, lack of privacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited movement because of security concerns and poor infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tropical climate, high risks of health emergencies and epidemic outbreaks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Post-conflict context, risks of conflicts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stress </li></ul></ul>
  11. Who did I work with? I worked with international staff as well as Sudanese colleagues and collaborated with local referendum authorities .
  12. <ul><li>The work environment in the UN is very international, competitive and demanding </li></ul><ul><li>By joining UN, I became member of an immense global family </li></ul><ul><li>We all represent our countries : I was the only Turkish UNV in Sudan and the only French woman working i n the Eastern Equatoria State. </li></ul>How was the work atmosphere?
  13. <ul><li>Being in the field is representing UN 24/7 </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a big responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with people provides a very strong sensation which gives you strength and courage to continue. </li></ul>What does working on the field mean?
  14. <ul><li>I became more tolerant, patient and flexible </li></ul><ul><li>I discovered different Sudanese cultures </li></ul><ul><li>I gained new perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>I realized how to manage under stress </li></ul><ul><li>I appreciated to connect to new friends from all around the world </li></ul><ul><li>I explored my own strengths </li></ul>What did I learn from my experience?
  15. <ul><li>Volunteering is indeed the ultimate expression of what the United Nations is all about. </li></ul><ul><li>Former UN Secretary - General - Kofi Annan </li></ul>I nfo on UNV : www.unvolunteers.org

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