International Careers with NGOs and Civil Society: Practical Advice and Real-Life Experience

Intrigued by an international career? Ready for life with at least one foot across sovereign borders? Are you a new job seeker or transitioning to a new career? This popular series provides an opportunity to meet international insiders who offer practical advice and share their real-life experiences.

This panel will focus on careers with NGOs and civil society and will be moderated by Jerry Doran, Executive Director of YPFP-NY. Part of a series offered in collaboration with New York University's Center for Global Affairs.


  • Claire Baumann, Senior Editor, Digital Strategy, United Nations Foundation

Claire Baumann is a senior editor for the United Nations Foundation. In this capacity and in previous roles, she has driven top-tier, multi-stakeholder social impact campaigns and programs for the United Nations, US State Department, Gates Foundation, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Claire has also advised businesses on the regulatory and media landscapes in mergers and acquisitions, as well as impact investments in the biotech industry.

  • Richard Bennett, Special Advisor on Peace and Security, Amnesty International New York

Richard Bennett served with the United Nations as the Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and head of the human rights components of peacekeeping operations in Sierra Leone (2000-01), Timor-Leste (2001-03), Afghanistan (2003-07) and South Sudan (2011-13). From 2007 to 2010 he was the Head of Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal. He has also been Chief of Staff for the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka and Special Adviser to the Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights in New York. A citizen of New Zealand and the UK, Richard worked for a decade at the NZ Human Rights Commission before joining the UN in 2000. Richard joined Amnesty International in 2014 as Asia-Pacific Director and from July 2015 he went to New York as interim head of its United Nations Office there. He is currently Amnesty’s Special Advisor on Peace and Security.  

  • Taegin Reisman, Associate Legal Officer for International Justice, Open Society Justice Initiative

Taegin Reisman is associate legal officer for international justice with the Open Society Justice Initiative. Based in the New York office, Reisman earned her undergraduate degree in International Affairs at Florida State University and her Juris Doctor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law where she served as a member of the University of Cincinnati Moot Court Honor Board. During her final year in law school, she was the managing editor of Human Rights Quarterly. Prior to joining the Open Society Justice Initiative, she worked as a research assistant with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights. In 2005, she spent a summer as a clerk with the High Court of Botswana under the direction of Justice Unity Dow. Her work at the Open Society Justice Initiative focuses on monitoring international criminal justice trials and management of the International Justice Monitor website.


  • Jerry Doran, Executive Director, YPFP-NY; Social Media Analyst, Open Society Foundations

Jerry Doran is the Executive Director of YPFP New York. He serves as a staff and member liaison in addition to directing planning and development with the Managing Director and managing partnerships with external organizations. In his day job, Jerry works in digital communications for the Open Society Foundations, a global human rights organization, where he manages the Foundations' social media and online campaigns. Originally from Chicago, he earned a BA in Economics and German from Northwestern University and has lived in Germany, Turkey and India.

Members and nonmembers may RSVP here.

February 21, 2017 at 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Woolworth Building (NYU)
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