Working with the United Nations – Swiss professionals meet with UN HR specialists

Career Event for Swiss mid to senior level professionals
22 June 2018, International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG)

Do you see yourself working with the UN? Explore your career opportunities with UNDPUnited Nations Development Programme , UNFPAUnited Nations Population Fund , UNICEFUnited Nations Children's Fund , UNVUN Volunteers and UN WomenUnited Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women .


  • Meet and network with UN Human Resource representatives
  • Receive information and discuss questions in panels & workshops
  • Get personal feedback on the suitability of your profile, get advice to make it stand out
  • Discuss your profile with a UNV HR specialist in a one-to-one consultation

For whom

Swiss nationals with...

  • at least 5 years of professional experience in areas relevant to UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNV or UN Women
  • experience in an international context, preferably in developing countries
  • interest and strong motivation to work in a UN organisation
  • potential availability to work in hardship / non-family duty stations


Detailed programme

Meet our panelists

Maria Luisa Silva, UNDP

Maria Luisa Silva is the Director of the UNDPUnited Nations Development Programme Office in Geneva.  She has over 25 years’ experience in UNDP and the UN system, most recently as UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Peru (2014-2015). From 2009-14 she served in UNEP as Executive Secretary for the Convention for Protection of the Marine Environment in the Mediterranean and its Commission on Sustainable Development. From 2006-09 she was UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. From 1999-2006 she was seconded to OHCHROffice of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, where she was Team Leader with the Research and Right to Development Branch (RRDB). Before this she was UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Peru from 1996-1998, and held other UNDP assignments in New York, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Belize.  Prior to joining the United Nations, she was consultant on European Affairs with Deloitte at their Brussels office, and teached international law at the University of Seville (Spain).

Maria Luisa Silva holds a Master’s Degree in International and Public Law from the University of Seville, and a post graduate certificate on European Integration from the College of Europe, in Bruges (Belgium). She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

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Monica Ferro, UNFPA

Monica Ferro, Director of the UNPFA Office in Geneva since April 2017, has worked to promote equality, development and human rights for the past 20 years. Prior to joining UNFPAUnited Nations Population Fund Monica had a public service career in Portugal, having served as Secretary of State for National Defense, Member of Parliament and Vice-President of the European Forum of Parliamentarians for Population and Development. She is a university lecturer, a media personality and an activist. She is married and has two daughters. She believes in a world with more dignity for all, and she follows Mandela’s vision that things are impossible only until they are actually done.

“Working for the UN is one of the toughest jobs on earth: you have all the expectations of the world and limited capacity to deliver on them. But is the closest you will ever get to have a positive impact on peoples’ lives. And that is what makes your life worthwhile.”  

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Abhijit Das & Jiaochen Zhu, UNICEF

Abhijit Das, is working as HR Officer for UNICEFUnited Nations Children's Fund Europe & Central Asia (ECA) Regional Office in Geneva. He extends his support to the Regional Office and to country offices in the ECA region in the capacity of HR Business Partner across Human Resources Management functions. He has previously served with UNICEF India Country Office and possesses extensive experience working with corporate and Government organizations in the field of HR and Legal.

He is from Kolkata in India previously known as Calcutta. In addition to a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management he also possesses academic qualifications in the field of Law & Accounting. Abhijit is an avid fan of cricket and football. His favorite activities include Skiing & Sailing.

Abhijit loves to work for UNICEF since it offers a multilateral and multicultural work environment as well as it gives an opportunity to value add to the cause of UNICEF, in making the world a better place for women and children.

Ms. Jiaochen ZHU, a Chinese national, is currently the Human Resources Officer with UNICEF Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) Division, based in Geneva, Switzerland. At the global level, PFP coordinates and provides guidance and support to UNICEF National Committees and country offices in all private sector fundraising and partnerships activities, in cooperation with regional offices and other headquarters divisions.

Jiaochen joined UNICEF New York Headquarters back in 2014, mainly working with the Division of Human Resources (DHR), and responsible primarily for supporting executive talent acquisition and management, succession planning, data analysis for senior-level decision making. Prior to that, she also worked in the UN Secretariat - Department of Field Support, and international private sector companies (Pfizer and Ecolab).

She holds a Master's Degree in Economics and Education from Columbia University, and a Degree in Economics from Fudan University.

Across 190 countries and territories, UNICEF works for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone, which I strongly believe and have a passion for.

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Brona Hojati & Manuel Brakaj, UN Volunteers

Brona Hojati is an Operations Associate in the Volunteer Services Section with the United Nations Volunteers (UNVUN Volunteers ) programme responsible for recruitment of international UN Volunteers and in-country volunteer management in the East and Southern African Team.  Brona has worked for UNV for the past 19 years in the area of volunteer recruitment and in-country volunteer assignment management.  Prior to her UN experience Brona was a Programme Officer and Students Welfare Officer with the British Council for Northern Ireland and comes with a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies.  Brona’s passion for volunteerism stems from her upbringing in Northern Ireland where she witnessed first hand how communities can come together through volunteerism to promote peaceful dialogue and advancement of local communities, during this time she also volunteered with a cross community children’s organization in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Manuel Brakaj is an HR Associate who works with United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to maintain and further strengthen the UNV Talent Pool with high caliber candidates, in UNV areas of demand. Manuel believes that volunteerism and civic engagement are the two most important drivers for advancing the peace and development agenda. Manuel has worked for the UNDPUnited Nations Development Programme /UNV for the past 16 years in various capacities, including his experience as UNV Support Officer in Darfur, Sudan. Prior his current assignment, Manuel has worked as Recruiter for UNV providing shortlists of UNV candidates for some of the biggest peace-keeping missions such as UNAMA (UN Mission in Afghanistan), UNMISS (UN mission in South Sudan), and MONUSCO (UN mission in Congo). Manuel holds a BA in Languages and Literature from “Ismail Qemali” University, Vlora, Albania.

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Shannon Mulholland, UN Women

Shannon Mulholland is a Human Resources Specialist for UN WOMENUnited Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women based in New York, where she focuses on supporting the recruitment needs of the agency. She has more than fourteen years of technically relevant experience: working for several different UN Agencies and INGOs. Prior to joining UN WOMEN, Shannon's human resources tenure focused on Emergency Human Resources, previously being UNICEFUnited Nations Children's Fund 's Global Surge Capacity Manager, International Rescue Committee's Emergency Operations Coordinator and a consultant for UNFPAUnited Nations Population Fund and UNHCRUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees addressing their emergency human resources needs.

Shannon has always wanted her professional focus to be supporting those most vulnerable and making a positive difference in the world. Shannon holds a BA in International Relations and a Master's in Peace Studies. She fluent in English with a working knowledge of Spanish. 

Shannon has three children, enjoys coffee, gardening, agriculture and travelling.


(Registration deadline: Closed)

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Target audience

Mid- to senior Swiss professionals (at least 5 years' relevant work experience, ideally more)

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