Name: Myrto Arvaniti
Position: Marketing Officer
Duty Station: Rome, Italy
- What prompted you to apply for a position at FAO?
After I finished my Executive MBA studies in the Netherlands and having worked for more than 12 years in large corporations in different countries, I felt it was time for a change. I was particularly determined to use my business knowledge and experience in an intergovernmental context and contribute to causes higher than just shareholder value creation. FAO gave me the opportunity at a very crucial point in its history to do just that: transform myself, while helping the organization in a dynamic transformational change.
- What are you most proud of in your work?
I am lucky to work with highly-educated colleagues from all over the world. Every morning passing the doors of FAO I am proud to see all these different nationalities, languages and cultures to work as a team with one goal in mind: to eradicate hunger. Going home every day, I feel that my time and energy was well spent and my work made an impact on someone, somewhere at one corner of the world. It is a wonderful feeling.
- What does a normal day at work look like for you?
As a Marketing Officer working for the Publications Unit of FAO, I am daily involved in activities pertaining to advising and consulting Officers, internally at headquarters and also on the field, on how to best increase impact and outreach with our publications. FAO is a massive brain powerhouse and our publications are a major tool of transfer of this knowledge to the world. Making sure we reach the right audience, at the right time, with the right medium is crucial for the success of our projects and strategic objectives. Creating capacity in order to do just that is also part of my work. At FAO we work a lot collaboratively, so I spend a significant amount of time in teamwork and meetings with colleagues from the technical units. But we also have a lot of fun and learn new things every day. At FAO nothing stands still, as the new situations that we are called to face on a daily basis ask us to be very agile and responsive.
- What advice would you give someone wishing to join FAO?
Working for the most humanitarian of all UN agencies is demanding, but also rewarding. Being part of the UN family gives you a constant feeling of pride. Applicants however should know very well why they apply and what type of personal satisfaction they expect to get from their work. I would advise them therefore, not only to carefully understand the vision of the Organization, but also look at the bigger picture and see how FAO supports the United Nations goals overall. And make sure they clearly see how their role fits in this vision!