International Careers in the United Nations & Multilateral Organizations - Career Panel

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.

On Wednesday, March 23, the career panel will focus on careers at the United Nations and in other multilateral organizations. Panels are offered in collaboration with New York University's Center for Global Affairs.

The panel will be moderated by Anne Marie Goetz, Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs; former Chief Adviser, Peace and Security, UN Women.


  • Jaya Jiwatram, Digital & Interactive Media Specialist, Communications & Advocacy Branch, UN Women
  • Katherine Prizeman, Associate Political Affairs Officer, Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs
  • Nika Saeedi, Policy Specialist, Gender, Political Process and Peacebuilding, UN Development Program
  • Simon van Woerden, Fundraising and Engagement Consultant, UN Development Program


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About the Moderator and Panelists

Anne Marie Goetz joined NYU’s Center for Global Affairs in January 2014, where she teaches International Relations and Comparative Politics. She is both an academic and a policy-maker. She was a Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex between 1991 and 2005, and she has also held a number of positions at the United Nations, most recently as UN Women’s Chief Advisor on Peace and Security. In this role Dr. Goetz spearheaded initiatives to promote women’s empowerment in the UN’s peacebuilding work, women’s participation in peace talks and post conflict elections, and protection of women from violence. Dr. Goetz was instrumental in supporting negotiations for important Security Council resolutions on women’s participation in peacebuilding (resolution 1889), conflict-related sexual violence (resolution 1820) and women’s leadership in conflict resolution (resolution 2122).

Professor Goetz is the author of eight books on women’s rights, democratization, and accountability institutions. She holds a BA from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario); an MSc from the London School of Economics; a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Jaya Jiwatram is the Digital and Interactive Media Specialist in the external communications branch at UN Women, the women’s rights organization of the United Nations. Since starting her career at the UN in 2008, she has managed websites, coordinated the production of multimedia projects and spearheaded interactive and visual storytelling experiences online. She cares deeply about the rights of women, children, refugees and internally displaced persons, and alleviating poverty. She holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has reported for publications nationally and internationally, including TIME and Popular Science. When she is not working, she spends her time on her other passions: food, travel, technology, design and photography.

Katherine Prizeman is an Associate Political Affairs Officer with the Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch in the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. She has previously worked for a non-governmental organization based in New York offering policy guidance to small-to-medium-sized delegations on international peace and security issues. She has also served as a Project Consultant at the World Health Organization in the Global Capacities, Alert and Response Department focusing on WHO preparedness to engage in the epidemiological and public health component of investigations of alleged use of chemical and/or biological agents. Katherine has taught introductory Spanish language and literature courses to university undergraduate students. She received a Masters of Science in Global Affairs from New York University and a Bachelors of Arts in International Business and Philosophy from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

Nika Saeedi is Policy Specialist, Gender, Political Process, and Peacebuilding as part of the Inclusive Political Process Cluster. She is responsible for Women’s Political Participation in UNDP. Nika has over 15 years’ experience, including 9 years of field experience and 6 years of working at UNDP/BCPR in policy development, program design and management, and partnership building on women peace and security (WPS) across conflict prevention, the rule of law, governance and early recovery. Nika has played a pivotal role in identifying UNDP’s niche in promoting women’s leadership in peacebuilding.

Coming from a background of international affairs, humanitarian studies and journalism, Simon van Woerden first found an internship and later a series of consultancy opportunities in the communications department of UNDP. His current project, Digital Good, focuses on engagement and fundraising for the SDGs. On his off time he works on passion projects such as an illustrated children's book, songwriting, piano, guitar and voice lessons, and two design/innovation blog/publishing initiatives. And maybe sleep.

The NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs (CGA) provides you with the applied knowledge to excel professionally in the international arena through the M.S. in Global Affairs; Graduate Certificates in Global Energy, Peacebuilding, and Transnational Security; and career advancement courses.

March 23, 2016 at 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Woolworth Building
15 Barclay St
4th Floor
New York, NY 10007
United States
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