What does it say for the world economy when two people who are as well-connected as you could possibly get can't get/keep jobs?
To be fair, sometimes those turn out to be the worst workers
In hard times, you want the best and brightest. They might not have met the cut.
Alexandra was a 'Programme Specialist' at UNESCO with only a 3 year BA, no masters degree in cultural heritage or related fields, and no previous high level employment
She went from working at a gallery in a small German city with a barely functioning website to UNESCO Programme Specialist. "it was her job to counsel about preservation of cultural and world heritage in Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste."
She'd never been educated or worked in any of these Middle Eastern and Asian countries in her UNESCO portfolio. What could the value of her 'counsel' been?
Out of interest I looked up what exactly the job requirements of a UNESCO Programme Specialist are.
Here's an excerpt from a vacancy announcement for a water sciences programme specialist.
Advanced University degree (preferably at Doctorate level) in the field of hydrology, water resources engineering or in closely
related water or environmental sciences.
7-10 years of progressively responsible relevant experience in the field of water sciences, of which preferably 3-5 years acquired
at international level.
Experience in research and teaching at university level in the field of sciences and/or environmental sciences would be an asset.
Experience in developing, implementing and evaluating projects in the field of water sciences.
Working experience in organization for international technical cooperation is required.
Experience in fund-raising and resources mobilization.
Working experience in the region would be an added advantage.
Proven capacity to organize training courses; excellent analytical and organizational skills.
Strong managerial skills. Ability to lead, motivate and supervise a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment
Excellent IT skills.
Excellent knowledge of English and good knowledge of Spanish. knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.