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Impactpool Career Podcast is for all of you who are interested in a career within the United Nations, European Union, Development Banks, intergovernmental or non-governmental organisations. By following this podcast you are going to hear interviews with people who are having a remarkable careers within this field; to hear their stories about how they once entered into this type of career, choices that they have made, challenges that they have faced and not least hear what advice they can share with you. Find jobs and more career resources at impactpool.org

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Impactpool Career Podcast is for all of you who are interested in a career within the United Nations, European Union, Development Banks, intergovernmental or non-governmental organisations. By following this podcast you are going to hear interviews with people who are having a remarkable careers within this field; to hear their stories about how they once entered into this type of career, choices that they have made, challenges that they have faced and not least hear what advice they can share with you. Find jobs and more career resources at impactpool.org

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Impactpool Career Podcast

Latest release on Jan 24, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Making an impact – what does a good CV look like? - Anna Cook

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Anna Cook is the Deputy Group Leader – Talent Acquisition at CERN in Geneva. Anna has a longstanding experience in working with human resources and talent acquisition. In this episode, she explains what she looks for when reading CV’s and application letters, which skills she sees as the most needed, and why she went into the field of human resources.
- I always had a very keen interest in people and curiosity for them, and for the recruitment function in particular. So, I think it is a very happy chance that I’ve ended up here and I am very grateful for the opportunity, says Anna Cook.

Dec 13 2019

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Rank #2: Learn directly from a Recruitment Manager at UN Headquarters

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Learn directly from a Recruitment Manager’s voice at UN Secretariat how to succeed in your career at UN Secretariat? See to him explaining how he got there himself and what are they looking for in candidates.
He told us his best advice for a successful career at the United Nations and much more.

Our conversation answers some of the following questions:
-What career decision accelerated his career the most?

-How he started his UN career?

-Did his expectations match the reality?

-What are recruiters at UN headquarters looking for in candidates?

He told us his best advice for a successful career at the United Nations

Dec 13 2019

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Rank #3: Episode 15: Making an impact – how to improve small scale farmers farming capacity?

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Lizzie Merrill is the Chief, Operating Officer at Ignitia in Ghana. Lizzie has extensive experience in working with both aid organizations as well as social enterprises. In this episode, she explains how her work helps small scale farmers improve their farming capacities, what it’s like to work with a social enterprise, and how to develop a successful innovation project.
- So when I learned about social entrepreneurship, which was both the sort of direct impact working with customers and beneficiaries and a sort of sustainable business model, this I think, this is the nexus that I want to work in, says Lizzie Merrill.

May 21 2019

20mins

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Rank #4: Episode 4: Making an impact – how to make an impact in Afghanistan?

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Sandra Kukla is the Reporting Specialist at the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan in Kabul. Sandra moved from working in the private sector to the field of international development and a job in Afghanistan. In this episode, she explains why and how she made that shift in her career, what she find as most rewarding about working in the global impact sector, and what it’s like to be a woman working in Afghanistan.
- Knowing that you have an immediate impact on the lives of many Afghans, thousands of Afghans is not only rewarding but definitely motivating. So, I really enjoy my work here, says Sandra Kukla.

Mar 01 2019

28mins

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Rank #5: Impactpool Career Podcast: Episode 22

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In this episode, we had the opportunity to talk to Maudo Jallow, currently working at the Tony Blair Institute alongside the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Accra, Ghana.

Maudo is a young professional that has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as well as the founder of New Nation, an NGO in The Gambia, his country of origin.

Listen to his educational background and motivations that inspired him to choose this career path. Maudo shares exclusive tips for all young professionals interested in working with the United Nations and/or other organisations in the development sector.

Oct 04 2019

13mins

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Rank #6: Episode 13: Making an impact – how is a Gender and Diversity perspective ensured?

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Lisa Akero is the Gender and Diversity Coordinator at IFRC in Geneva. Lisa has extensive experience in working with gender and diversity issues. In this episode, she explains how her work ensures a gender and diversity perspective in all emergencies, what it’s like to work with gender and diversity, and why she ended up in that field in the first place.
- I find it extremely important and very very motivating when you can see change, when you can make change happen. When you can support processes or action that creates for a more equal and faire society, says Lisa Akero.

May 03 2019

26mins

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Rank #7: Episode 12: Making an impact – what role does social enterprises have?

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Marta Aretakis Terne is the Head of Marketing and Communication at Better Shelter in Sweden. Marta has a longstanding experience in Marketing and Communication. In this episode, she explains how her work has helped displaced persons receive a good shelter, what it’s like to work with a social enterprise, and how to develop a successful innovation project.
- So we are the innovators and our role is to be the fast and the agile and the less bureaucratic organization and partner to these big, big aid providers. We can work a lot faster but we can also help them try concepts and we can help them try ideas that they would not be able to do, says Marta Aretakis Terne.

Apr 26 2019

23mins

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Rank #8: Making an impact – how to mitigate climate change? - Rana Ghoneim

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Rana Ghoneim is the Chief, Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division at UNIDO in Vienna. Rana has a longstanding experience in working with UNIDO and in the energy sector. In this episode, she explains how her work helps mitigate climate change, what it’s like to work in the energy sector, and why she got into that field in the first place.
- It’s the fact that I see that we are really making a change in peoples lives because often we go to start a project and there are issues that we have to tackle and be it providing electricity access to communities that don’t have that or be it helping an industry to really gain energy savings and so on, says Rana Ghoneim.

Dec 13 2019

22mins

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Rank #9: Episode 6: Making an impact – what role does research play?

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Marylene Wamukoya is the Senior Data Analyst at the Africa Population Health Research Center in Kenya. Marylene has extensive experience working in demographics, health and poverty dynamics research in Africa. In this episode, she explains how research are used, how it has had a positive impact o the African continent, and why she chose to become a researcher in the field of development.
- To transform lives in Africa through research, and then I realized that I also aligns my own personal kind of goal, which is that if I leave anyone behind I will be leaving myself behind. So I found this to be a great conduce through which both I and africans can grow and I can make an impact through my work.

Mar 15 2019

26mins

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Rank #10: Episode 7: Making an impact – how to save a refugee’s life?

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Annika Sandlund is the Chief, Interagency and Coordination Unit at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees headquarter in Geneva. Annika has extensive experience and has been working with refugees in many different countries and in different geographical regions. In this episode, she explains how her work has helped the lives of refugees, what’s it like to work with a humanitarian organization, and why she got into that field in the first place.
- As a journalist I went to the Balkans to report from the wars at the Balkans, and I was quite disillusioned. I was relatively young and I had this idea that the world would be a better place if people just knew and understood what the problems were and if they agreed on how to see the world and everybody would also agree on how to solve the problems such as wars, says Annika Sandlund.

Mar 22 2019

26mins

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Rank #11: Episode 19: Making an impact – how to bring sight to blind and low-vision people?

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Alexander Hauerslev Jensen is the Chief, Commercial Officer at Be my Eyes in Denmark. Be my Eyes is a mobile app that is bringing sight to blind and low-vision people. In this episode, Alexander explains how Be my Eyes works and the background to why it was initiated.
- And people really want to help out and I think it’s beautiful to see that in a world where news and all politics can be slightly depressing every now and then, it’s just nice to see that people just want to help each other out. Like Be my Eyes does not discriminate in any way, we don’t care about your race, your beliefs, your sexuality or anything like that. It is just connecting someone who needs help with someone who can provide that help. And I think that connection is really pure and beautiful, and a lot of people want to be a part of that, says Alexander Hauerslev Jensen.

Jun 20 2019

23mins

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Rank #12: Episode 16: Making an impact – how to provide higher education for refugees?

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Rohit Kakar is the Head of Human Resources at Kiron in Berlin. Rohit has longstanding experience in working with human resources. In this episode, he explains how Kiron helps refugees to have access to higher education, and how his own background has inspired him to join this field of work.
- What we actually believe in is that education can change lives, transform communities and build bridges and therefore we have built a digital platform called the Kiron campus to ensure that our students receive access to high-quality education not just for academic and professional purposes but also for personal growth, says Rohit Kakar.

May 28 2019

19mins

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Rank #13: Episode 20: Making an impact – how to make workplaces inclusive?

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Michelle Walker is the People Business Partner for International at Leonard Cheshire in London. Michelle has a long-standing experience working in human resources. In this episode, Michelle explains the impact their organization has while working with people experiencing some form of disability, how they ensure that their workplace is inclusive, and how it all once began.
- We are a pan-disability charity and in a nutshell we support individuals to live, learn and work independently as they choose whatever their ability and we do that globally, says Michelle Walker.

Jun 28 2019

17mins

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Rank #14: Coaching on a global level at the World Bank Group - Stefano Olmeti

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Listen to our podcast with Stefano Olmeti, a global coach who specializes in working internationally with mission-driven professionals and change-makers. Learn from his experience as the Coaching Manager of the World Bank Group, where he directed 1,000+ coaching engagements to assist staff worldwide in preparing for career advancements, enhancing impact, and transitioning successfully to new roles.

Dec 12 2019

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Rank #15: Episode 3: Making an impact – what is life as a roving Emergency Specialist?

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Jaime Castaneda is the Global Emergency Specialist at the Danish Refugee Council. The position is part of DRC:s emergency team and is roving. Jamie has extensive experience working in emergencies. In this episode, he describes the tasks that lies ahead when arriving at the frontline, his background that has prepared him for that kind of job, and which skills that are needed if one wants to work at the frontline.
- In the beginning of the year I was deployed to Bangladesh in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis. I participated in setting up the new country operation, because it is a new operation for the Danish Refugee Council, and I was specifically in charge of designing the emergency prepare and response plan for the upcoming cyclone season. So basically, I had a team of engineers who were working in the largest refugee camp in the world. Trying to set up bridges, trying to set up retention walls, setting up pathways, identify safe evacuation areas in case of a strong cyclone and therefore landslides and flooding, says Jaime Castaneda.

Feb 22 2019

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Rank #16: Episode 5: Making an impact – how to promote Gender Equality?

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Comfort Lamptey is UN Women’s Country Representative in Nigeria. Comfort has spent most of her professional life working on gender issues. In this episode, she explains how her interest in promoting gender equality started out of curiosity of where all the women were, how she sees the necessity to transform societies, and what helped her to move all the way to a top position within the UN.
- I had been working in an organization that was responsible for process of conflict resolution, mediation, preventive diplomacy, and I was very struck as a very young professional and I was very excited by this field, which was an evolving field. But after about a year I just began ask myself certain questions because I did not see a lot of women involved in the work we were doing, says Comfort Lamptey.

Mar 08 2019

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Rank #17: Impactpool Career Story - What is it like working at an UNHCR refugee camp as a Senior Officer?

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We had a conversation with Roupen Alexandrian who holds the position of Senior Officer, Durable Solutions at UNHCR, based in one of the biggest refugee camps today. We asked him all the details that will help you have a clear idea of how successful careers happen at the United Nations.

Dec 12 2019

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Rank #18: Episode 9: Making an impact – how to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals?

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Robert Piper is the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Development Coordination Office in New York. Robert has a longstanding experience in international development, humanitarian response and peacebuilding at the United Nations. In this episode, he explains the role of the UN Development Coordination Office, the background to the Talent roster and what kind of profiles he is looking for.
- Working with the United Nations is an incredible privilege and it is a badge of honour to be part of the UN and it comes with a set of values. So, I think you join the UN in whatever capacity whether you are a peacekeeper, a development coordinator like me, or a humanitarian you join the UN with a passion for what it represents, says Robert Piper.

Apr 05 2019

18mins

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Rank #19: Episode 2: Making an impact - what is Program staff doing?

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Episode 2: Making an impact – what is Program staff doing?

Sofie Liesker is the Head of Program Support Unit at the Norwegian Refugee Council in Lebanon. Sofie has extensive experience working in the humanitarian sector. In this episode, she describes the role of programming staff, what its like to work in a humanitarian operation, and also gives some advice on how to get the first job in the global impact sector.
- I think that Lebanon might be one of the few places in the world in the humanitarian sector where you can actually work so close to a crisis and really work in a country office where you actively deliver services to vulnerable people and at the same time get to live in a place that is not as stressful and remote as many other of the locations humanitarian workers find themselves in, says Sofie Liesker.

Feb 09 2019

24mins

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Rank #20: Episode 1: Making an impact - why a podcast?

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Episode 1: Making an impact – why a podcast?

Impactpool’s podcast is now being re-launched with the title “Making an impact”. In this first episode, Impactpool’s founders Magnus Bucht and Henrik Rydén provides an explanatory introduction to the podcast. The podcast’s background, purpose, and its importance will be explained.
- If you know what you are applying for and you understand the context of the organizations then it will be a higher chance that you will be lucky in your new role. So this podcast will help you to better understand the whole sector, says Henrik Rydén.

Feb 08 2019

9mins

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