UN Official Challenges Liberian UNMIL Staff To Aim High

The Director for Mission Support at the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Hubert H. Price, has challenged Liberians to upgrade their capacities to compete for international jobs within the United Nations system.

Director Price explained that UNMIL is drawing down its mission in Liberia and each year staff of the mission, both national and international, are being downsized as the mission folds up operations in Liberia.

The UNMIL official sent out the challenge in an interview with the Liberia News Agency Friday at a Job Fair for national staff of UNMIL.

The fair provided an opportunity for potential employers to meet with UNMIL national staff for possible employment when they are downsized from the mission.

Price indicated that the Job Fair invited the Firestone Rubber Company, Ministry of Finance and South African Embassy to get in touch with potential employees who are former UNMIL national staff.

He disclosed that this year UNMIL is expected to downsize 50 national and international staff from every sector of the mission’s operations, noting that this is also the case in other countries where the UN has peacekeeping missions.

Director Price observed that the UN function is a worldwide operation and jobs in the system are competitive, encouraging former staff of UNMIL to upgrade their careers to compete for jobs nationally and internationally within the UN circle.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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