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YPFP DC: United Nation’s Young Professional Program (YPP) Examination Info Session

July 24, 2012 06:30 pm


Interested in working for the United Nations? Please join us for an information session on career opportunities in the UN and its Young Professionals Program examination.

Wednesday, July 25th | 6:30-8:00pm


Representatives from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the U.S. Department of State’s International Organization Employment and Assistance Unit will lead an interactive discussion on how to find employment opportunities in the UN System and provide tips on how to create a competitive application.


Leanne Rios currently serves as the Associate Funds Management Officer at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In this capacity, she addresses budgetary, human resource and administrative issues for UNEP staff and the regional office. Leanne came to UNEP from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) where she worked as an Advocacy and Communications Officer addressing outreach, advocacy and communications surrounding the Millennium Development Goals. In addition, she has also worked with other United Nations organizations: the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), where she wrote organizational policy and guidelines on programme management; the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where she helped develop a new international

comprehensive cancer-related programme; and, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), where she addressed anti-human trafficking in Eastern European countries. In 2005, Leanne was the recipient an organizational Nobel Peace Prize. She served in the United States Peace Corps (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and has directed two national United States grasstops outreach programs. She has a Masters of Science in Community Health from the University of New Mexico (Magna Cum Laude).


Fernando Flores started his career with the United Nations as an intern in the Washington, D.C. office of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and currently works their as a Research Assistant analyzing economic and statistical data on trade and development in the region. In addition to his UN experience at ECLAC, Mr. Flores has also worked at the United Nations Information Centre in Washington, DC where he served as the National Coordinator for Education and Model United Nations programs and as the Private Sector Advisor for Youth Issues to the United States Delegation to the 19th Special Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Mr. Flores graduated from George Mason University with a degree in international affairs and received a Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.


Courtney Johnson works as a Staffing Management Specialist for the U.S. Department of State’s International Organization Employment Information and Assistance Unit where she works to promote U.S. citizen employment in international Organizations. Courtney started her career at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations where she focused on strategic communications and African Affairs. She has a B.A. in government and politics and minors in French and international development & conflict management from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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