Recently our Disaster Management Students attended a Guest Lecture with Dr. Gail Theisen-Womersley.

Gail is a clinical psychologist and has extensive experience in high conflict areas because she worked with Doctors Without Borders for many years.

She recently wrote a book about ‘Trauma and Resilience in Displaced Populations’, which is freely available online.

Her current position is as a Senior Counsellor for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

In the guest session, Gail shared a lot of career paths and potential job opportunities within the UN in the future such as: Office Managers, Camp Managers, Project Control Specialists,  Risk Managers as well as Protection Managers.

She highlighted the value of knowing a second language such as Spanish or French and an ideal starting point would be the UN Volunteers programme.