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Christina Kjær Favrbo

Why do you like working for UNDP?

I like to work in an organization that is aiming to make a positive change. The values of the organization match my own and while I sometimes feel very far away from the beneficiaries in the position I hold, I still like to think that at some level I make a small difference. Furthermore, I thoroughly enjoy the multi-cultural aspect of working here. I recently attended a workshop here and as I looked around the room, most of the tables, which seated six to eight people each, had representatives from at least three continents. I like how everybody shares a common goal and understanding while they at the same time bring their different backgrounds to work with them. It may sound cliché but I genuinely feel privileged to have met and made friends with so many lovely people from around the globe through my more than 12 years of working with UNDP. It has taught me a lot and probably also changed my outlook since I started working here.

What are some of the challenges of working in a large international civil service organization like UNDP and how do you manage them?

I think the main challenge is the pace of making changes. I am fortunate to work in a smaller team where we are able to change our internal procedures and adapt to the challenges in a fairly swift manner. However, for more corporate changes, it can be a cumbersome process to suggest and implement them as they have to go through many tiers. Over the years I have learned to focus on the issues that I can change and be patient when it comes to the bigger processes. 

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

I enjoy travelling and am very fond of the South East Asian region. At the office we have a fitness center where I do kickboxing and boxing and I like to run as well so I don’t feel so guilty about all the food I love to eat.

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