Mónica brings more than 10 years of solid practice in cooperation in Africa and the Americas. She has worked extensively with multilateral organisations, bilateral cooperation agencies, and government institutions on programmes related to Gender-Based Violence (GBV), women empowerment, humanitarian aid, early recovery and volunteering for development. Prior to joining our team, Mónica worked for UN Women, UNDP, United Nations Volunteers (UNV), the Colombian Government, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). While she worked for the Social Action and International Cooperation Agency in Colombia, she coordinated the humanitarian aid programme for the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In our team, her human rights and gender-based approaches are key for the design, formulation, implementation, and monitoring of international cooperation strategies, plans, programs and projects. She has taken successfully led the evaluation of the Norwegian Red Cross ‘Youth Delegate Exchange Program’ in Nepal, Norway and Colombia in 2016-2017. She has great skills on negotiating with a wide range of actors at different levels, a remarkable intercultural sensitivity, and the ability to effectively work with multi-disciplinary and heterogeneous groups. She is fluent in French and Spanish and advanced level in English.
Why do you love working at IWORDS Global?
“I love working in a multicultural and diverse environment and I am enthusiastic about doing my best to support people and organizations that work to transform the world, always from a rights-based perspective.”
What do you consider is the relevance of your role in adapting and communicating appropriately the message of the organisations with which we work?
“Many organizations do a marvellous work; however, it is hard for them to communicate what they do in an effective manner. Hence stakeholders, including donors and broader audience, lose information about a work that it is worth to follow, support and understand. My job is to make this communication more efficient by connecting organizations and stakeholders through the words. It becomes easier to inform them, change mindsets and behaviour, call for action, and to support organizations including the ones with financial resources.”