Globaldev careers: The social media lead

Sarah Gilbertz, head of social media at UN Women. Photo by: Sarah Gilbertz

During an internship with a nonprofit in her native Luxembourg, Sarah Gilbertz, now head of social media at UN Women, realized her communications background could lead to jobs in the development sector. Through the United NationsJunior Professional Officer Programme, she landed a role with the communications team supporting the World Humanitarian Summit in New York.

The U.N. talent initiatives, which also include the Young Professionals Programme and UN Volunteers program, can be great ways for recent graduates to get a foot in the door at the organization, she said.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.