ICT Advisor, Corporate Support Group
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark
Background/ Qualifications: MBA in Technology management and Finance; BA in Sociology and History
Has been working with UNOPS since 2005
It is satisfying to hear from colleagues that the systems and tools we are building are making their jobs easier and enabling them to get more up-to-date information, so that they can manage their projects better. I see it as a way to free up the time of our people in the field to enable them to focus on the objectives of the project.
The work that UNOPS does makes a significant contribution to improving the lives of people. I feel that by being part of a team that enables UNOPS to be more efficient in its operations, I am making a difference as well.
I joined UNOPS in Afghanistan in 2005 and before this I ran my own business consultancy in India. After three years with UNOPS in Afghanistan I moved to our HQ in Copenhagen to work as ICT Advisor, looking at driving corporate business improvements through ICT development and systems solutions.
In Afghanistan, it was very rewarding to see the projects at work, to meet the beneficiaries and to hear about how the project had improved their lives. I still remember an Afghan farmer who came to see us at the site of a road we had built. He pointed at his wife and baby and said, “If there was no road here, she would not have been here today. The road enabled us to get to the hospital in time.”
At UNOPS, we work in parts of the world where the normal assumptions of what works and what doesn’t work don’t hold good. This requires a lot of creative problem solving to make it work and that makes my job very interesting. It gives me a great deal of pride to be part of an organization that exists for the benefit of others and I believe working for UNOPS has truly extended the horizons of my world-view.
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