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Nicholas Gouede
Consultant , International communications
New York City, United States
I am a bilingual communications expert and award-winning journalist seeking assignments in communications and advocacy. A former Dag Hammarskjold Scholar of the UN Correspondents Association, graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism and Schoolof International and Public Affairs, I have over 15 years of professional experience working in the United Nations system.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Communications, IT, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
Professional Experience:
I am a bilingual communications professional with a strong interest in the core area of sustainable development and a passion towards strategic communications. I have over 15 years of a well-balanced career in the United Nations system, which is, not only analytical, advocacy-oriented and technical by nature, but also helped UNDP and other UN agencies’ work in national capacity building. My area of focus and interest varies from writing/editing of a publishable quality to formulating and implementing communications strategies to a wide range of intended audiences and project management.

A former Dag Hammarskjöld Scholar of the United Nations Correspondents' Association, graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism and School of International and Public Affairs, I have many years of professional experience working for the UN Department of Public Information, UNICEF, UNDP and UNAIDS. I speak fluent English and French and have written and published numerous press releases, news articles and feature stories in the international news media.

Prior to the UN, I worked for the Population Council as the Communications Specialist of the Africa Operations Research and Technical Assistance (Africa OR/TA) Project, a USAID-funded research project in population, family planning and reproductive health. During this time, I gained solid insights in embracing new ideas to improve processes in the quality of health care and service delivery. My work experience at the Population Council and later at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) led me to fully understand how important it is to have great team dynamics with development partners, collaborating agencies, and NGOs.

I believe that my work experience in writing/editing, international media and communications, background in journalism and international affairs, fluency in French, interpersonal and bilingual skills, and ability to operate in a multi-cultural working environment, would be a great asset in the effective management of international development program me.

Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.), School of International
and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, NY. Major in international affairs with a broad range of courses, including political science, economic growth and development. Functional specialization in international political economy combined with a regional specialization in African studies. Appointed as Departmental Research Assistant, Institute of African Studies. Fieldwork project: Africa America Institute, New York, NY.

Master of Science in Journalism (M.S.), Graduate School of
Journalism, Columbia University, New York, NY. Concentration in diplomatic reporting, business and economic writing, international media and communications, radio news and documentary writing and production. Master's thesis: "Media coverage of West Africa: A dilemma for the American Press," published in Africa Report magazine, July-August 1985, and broadcast by the Voice of America radio (VOA), September 1985.

B.A. English. Certificate in American Literature and Civilization:
Honors. University of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Affiliations and Achievements:
Dag Hammarskjold Scholar of the United Nations Correspondents Association

Columbia Alumni Association

Member, Association of Former International Civil Servants of the United Nations (AFICS)/New York

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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    United States
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