Professional Perspectives "Working in Humanitarian Aid and Relief " with Alumna Pamela Jiménez Cárdenas from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in South Sudan

Wednesday, October 23, 6 – 8 pm
Forum B

Pamela Jiménez Cárdenas graduated with a dual degree from the Hertie School and the London School of Economics in 2017. Upon graduation, she worked as a trainee at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva in the Protection of the Civilian Population Unit. She became a delegate and, after a first mission in Nigeria, is now based in Juba, South Sudan as a Community Based Protection and Humanitarian Mediation delegate. In her talk, Pamela will explain how she transitioned from international development to humanitarian aid and how she started her career in the field. She will talk about her responsibilities, the framework of working on a field mission, the challenges faced, and her objective to pursue policy work in the future.

“I am fortunate enough to be working with one of the leading organizations in the humanitarian sector and have gotten tremendous exposure both at HQ and in the field. Now that I have a firsthand understanding of this work, I would be more than happy to share my experience with those interested in a career in humanitarian aid, be it with the ICRC or another organization.”

Pamela will be joined by her colleague Marta Pawlak. Marta worked with ICRC for 11 years – most recently as Advisor on Community Based Protection and Sexual Violence. Marta’s field experience in economic security as well as protection ranges from Chechnya, Pakistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. During her time at HQ, she supported programming to ensure that the ICRC’s humanitarian response systematically take into account gender, age and diversity-specific vulnerabilities, needs and capacities at all stages of the response, in order to meet the differentiated needs of all.
Before joining the ICRC, Marta worked for MSF France in Paris for supporting asylum seekers with medical and legal care. She holds a Masters Degree in International Public Law from the Paris II Pantheon Assas University (France) and a Masters Degree in Humanitarian Law and Management of humanitarian organizations, Haute Ecole des Etudes International (France).

There will be lots of time for questions and discussion.

This event has been made possible by the generous support of the DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service.


23 October 2019, 6:00 pm
23 October 2019, 8:00 pm