July 4, 2011
Christine O’Sullivan (Programme Assistant SPAW) and Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri (Programme Officer for SPAW) were also absent most of the week, so my time was once more mostly devoted to non SPAW tasks this week.
I continued and finished updating the Focal Points on the database.
Rebecca Stuart (Programme Assistant AMEP/CETA) told me about her project to create an Internships Blog to enable potential UNEP interns to get more information before apply for a UNEP internship. I wrote an article for the blog summarizing what I had done during my first six weeks of internship.
SPAW is looking for opportunities of collaboration with other international organizations. When Alessandra Vanzella came back to office, she asked me to compare SPAW with Ramsar (thanks to the Ramsar website) and to mention the areas of common interest in which collaboration between the two organizations could be possible.
SPAW recently signed three more Agreements with partner countries and organizations (UNEP/DPPE, UNEP/RDCR and UNEP/TNC). Since these Agreements still had some spelling and layout mistakes, Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri (Programme Officer for SPAW) asked me to review them.
Challenges faced: Since my two supervisors were absent, I had to ask to other services some tasks to keep busy (Christine O’Sullivan, Programme Assistant SPAW, had given me enough tasks to do for two weeks, but since some of my tasks that first needed to be reviewed before being forwarded to me were not reviewed or forwarded to me, I had to find new tasks to do).
Lessons learnt: I learnt how to compare and find areas of common interests between two different organizations.