Women at UNOPS

​Elizabeth De Benedetti

"I was only supposed to be in Afghanistan for three weeks, but I ended up staying 10 years. When I arrived in 2003, there was a transitional government, no elections, no constitution, a lot need to be done. I thought, wow, I can really do something concrete here."

Elizabeth is the Chief of Party for 'Keep Afghans Connected', a UK Department for International Development (DFID)-funded project to develop the capacity of the Ministry of Public Works in Afghanistan.

Robina Ali Khan

"I am so grateful that UNOPS is an organization that respects women and promotes a healthy work-life balance. I don't have to choose between a fulfilling career and being a mother. I can do both."

Robina is a Project Support Officer at UNOPS Pakistan. She supervises projects that range from construction of bridges to procurement of bomb disposal equipment and promotion of women's rights.

​Silvia Choucino

"I was formally the project manager for the construction of a new hospital that will help Nicaraguans access the quality healthcare they need. That's enough motivation for me to bounce out of bed at 5:30 AM."

Silvia oversaw the construction and development of what will soon be Nicaragua's largest hospital, but is now responsible for health projects in Peru.

Jasmina Ilic

"I'm the sort of person who needs to create something you can see and touch. It's an irreplaceable feeling when I pass something as small as a shed and know that I am one of the people who contributed to building it."

Jasmina works with UNOPS and the European Partnership with Municipalities Programme (EUPROGRES) to implement infrastructure projects in Serbia.

​Phyllis Kibui

"I can work 24 hours straight if I know our grants are empowering people to speak to their local governments about building their communities. This is what makes my job worth it."

Phyllis is the Head of Finance and Operations for Cities Alliance in Brussels, an organization providing technical assistance, grants and funding for local initiatives that address the challenges of urbanization.

Shabnam Pechek

"At UNOPS Nairobi Operational Hub (NAOH), women account for 42% of the work force, 65% of the professional level personnel and 70% of the senior management team. These very talented women and men have delivered $33.5 million worth of projects in several developing and fragile states in East Africa in 2013. We understand that a good gender balance in the work place is critical to the success of the organisation, but more importantly, we focus on maintaining and promoting a gender sensitive work environment that provides equal space, opportunity and tools for both women and men to 'lean in', innovate and excel. That is what makes UNOPS so special."

Shabnam is the Head of the Project Development Office at UNOPS Kenya.