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About Me

Currently London based leading a global Humanitarian and Stabilisation team. Prior to this I spent 11 years in East Africa and the Middle East running large scale emergency responses and building country programmes.

I have a deep passion for development and a core belief in the ability to make a difference. These are my primary drivers for the work I do and result in me being highly motivated and driven to effect change where change is needed.

My career has spanned the full spectrum of humanitarian response to long term development: however, I believe that these traditional divides are no longer relevant in todays context where 80% of the conflicts are protracted crisis. For a number of years I have been an advocate of designing strategic, and operational approaches which have fluidity between multiple strands running in parallel, such as humanitarian response, recovery and resilience in order to meet the needs in the changing development landscape.

Sonia Zambakides

Experience

Humanitarian and Development Consultancies - continued

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
September 2009 to January 2010
Responsibilities completed
  • I provided support to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Early Warning & Assesment (DEWA) for changeover in global programming for 2010-2012. UNEP was changing to a matrix system and had for the first time to develop programmes using results based management methodologies.
  • I developed procedures in monitoring and evaluation, project management and implementation for the changeover strategy.
  • I trained and coached management and teams in change management, and developed staff capacity to support the development of two year global, regional and sub-regional projects.
Detailed Description
  • Drove the process of developing the new results based programming across divisions through motivating staff to think differently.
  • Got staff buy in and acceptance for the matrix and the introduction of results based management.
Company Description

UNEP is the global United Nations body with responsiblity for co-ordinating programmes across six thematic areas such as early warning and assessment, climate change and natural disaster response. DEWA is the scientific branch of UNEP, carrying out assessments and research such as developing early warning systems, regional and global capacity building and information system developement.

Company website

http://www.unep.org/dewa