UNICEF Pacific 2020
I provided remotely rapid support to UNICEF Pacific Education team with the rollout of preparedness and response strategies across school systems in the Pacific Islands and focused on schools reopening advocacy. l was responsible for coordinating the production of COVID-19 information, safety and continuity of learning materials, guidance notes, posters, booklets and brochures to support governments of several Pacific Island Countries in consultation with numerous stakeholders. I managed the development and timely finalisation of school reopening materials and community guides for Fiji and Solomon Islands. I communicated and liaised at horizontal and vertical levels ensuring that the final products reflected the guidance and approved content of the respective Ministries of Education. l also assisted with inputs for appeals, social media messaging, interviews, beneficiary stories and urgent funding applications.
UNHCR Jordan 2018
I helped coordinate the implementation a $10M Support to Refugees in Urban Areas Project Partnership, integrating community partners and service providers who jointly delivered innovative education and social protection programs in urban areas of Jordan, outside of refugee camps. One of the important elements of this multi-prong project was building cohesion between the refugees and the host community. I proactively partnered with civil society, OPDs and UN agencies, engaged with all actors, facilitated links, effective communications and reporting channels. I tracked outcomes, monitored schedules and a timely deployment of resources, personnel recruitment and training.
UNHCR-UNICEF Senegal 2018
I participated in a week-long training exercise organised in Dakar by UNICEF, UNHCR, sponsored by Norwegian Organisation for Refugees NORRCAP. It was facilitated bilingually (in French and English) and focused on emergency response needs assessment and a better alignment between all response clusters: education, protection, livelihoods, GBV, health, WASH and others. We reviewed the current EIE policies, standards, tools and practices and role played a life-like hypothetical emergency response to a crisis situation in “Freedonia.” On completion of the workshops we are now better equipped to provide leadership and facilitate coordination of education in emergencies responses in line with international humanitarian principles and minimum standards for EiE. In particular I enjoyed meeting and interacting with colleagues from all over the world, and especially from West and Central Africa, who generously shared their real life their field experiences and challenges. I also believe that my own interaction and contribution was much appreciated. I was even awarded a top place by my peers for the most convincing mock presentation “Appeal for Funding to donors”.
Austrade Central Europe 2004-2008
I was accredited as Australia’s top Trade and Investment diplomat to Central and South Eastern Europe, based in Warsaw Poland in the historical time of EU accession by Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Malta. Part of the same enlargement was accession to the EU by Bulgaria and Romania. I was responsible for Australia’s trade and investment engagement with 17 countries, including Croatia, Serbia. Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, as well as Greece.
Responsible for; representing Australia’s commercial interests (export and investment) at the highest international level with governments, agencies, business groups and accredited missions in CSEE: Liaising with diplomatic missions, engaging with stakeholders, developing commercial opportunities, business contacts and partners, implementing strategies and providing services to assist Australian exporters, Ensuring compliance with audit requirements, government’s policies and administrative procedures
South Africa Kwazulu Natal 2003
Australia South Africa Local Government Partnership Program.
I was working as a Technical Adviser on a Local Economic Development (LED) component of the ASALGP. My duty station was a remote district of Umkhanyakude in Kwazulu Natal. I assisted in the start-up of more than 10 new income producing micro-enterprises and conducting pilot training program for 15 fledgling businesses and designed and delivered trainer training for local municipal staff and community workers.
Russia/ Ukraine/ Kazakhstan 1993
l delivered resilience and enterprise training programs for women as part of Australia’s commitment to
development of the former socialist economies of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The projects were implemented
during the time of transition politics, tension and instability over the removal of central party control , tension over
ethno- territorial and nationality issues, multi ethnicity, inter-ethnic competition for power, de-institutionalisation of
autonomies in newly independent republics. Provided pol icy development advice on strengthening programs and
services to the medium and small business sector in newly developing market economies, in partnership with peak
women’s organisations. Delivered trainer- training and show-cased Australian expertise and experience in innovative
employment programs, business incubators, enterprise and vocational training. Delivered small business management
training courses and employment creation programs in partnership with local agencies. These programs were
attended by women with limited employment and financial means who were often driven to prostitution as a source
of income. Trafficking for the purpose of sexual and labour exploitation was a serious issue identified and reported.
Northern Adelaide Development Board
For three years I was the Manager of the Business Enterprise Centre (BEC), covering the northern industrial and food producing regions of Salisbury, Playford and Gawler. I was responsible for the strategic planning and securing funding for the Centre from state and local government agencies, growing the membership base, engaging with the local governments, corporations, industry, traders, schools and academia; Co-ordinated advisory and assistance programs for medium and small enterprises; Provided business advice, counselling, information dissemination, training, networking opportunities, export
development, web-enablement, business plan development and feasibility assessment for financing
Early Childhood Services / Education and Child Care
I worked as a Senior Policy and Service Development officer with the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services. I was responsible for multicultural, equity and gender issues. I participated in policy planning and programme implementation, ensuring inclusive processes appropriate service mix, community engagement and consultations, evaluation of programs and initiatives. I pioneered new inclusivity policies and programs to ensure culturally and linguistically diversity in state wide early childhood education service planning and provision. I pioneered the establishment of the Bilingual Assistants Scheme for the Pre-School Sector. This meant that kindergatens could engage a bilingual early childhood teacher to help in transition to English for newly enrolled non-English speaking children. I also mobilised a group of newly arrived Polish refugees to form an incorporated association eligible for funding to establish one of the multilingual child care centres in the State. We conducted needs analysis, prepared a feasibility study, business plan and were successful in attracting support from the State Government with a grant of $250K and crown land allocation to build the centre. The Centre over the years offered employment to many newly arrived children’s services personnel and early childhood educators. Children who attended the centre, preserved their Polish language mother tongue and are using their language skills in their careers. Some are now parents themselves and passing the Polish language to the next generation. The Polish Australian Child Care Centre “Jas I Malgosia” was officially opened by Minister for Education Greg Crafter and the Chief Executive Office for the Children’s Services Office (Department of Early Education), Brenton Wright. It was a unique bilingual early childhood facility setting new benchmarks for multilingual education in Australia.
Honorary Consul Republic of Poland in South Australia 2011-2021
The Australian Government recognises that Honorary Consuls can make a substantial contribution to the conduct of individual bilateral relationships.
Appointment as an honorary consul is based on a formal agreement between the government of the country you represent (the sending state) and the Australian Government, as outlined in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR).
I served for 10 years as a Honorary Consul providing consular services to Polish citizens and the Polish diaspora in South Australia. The functions of honorary consul include:
- Polish citizenship
- Authorisation and certification of documents
- Family Law (marriages, deaths, last will, missing persons)
- Customs and quarantine
- Financial matters: pension, inheritance, debt collection
- Commercial law: property settlement, inheritance, public trustee matters, business registration, tax
- Criminal law
- Medical emergencies
- Export offerings
- Investment opportunities
- Market research and partners matching
- Invitations to Trade Fairs, exhibitions conferences in Poland
- Promotion of Trade Fairs, exhibitions and conferences in Australia
- Assistance with business missions to Australia
- Assistance with business missions to Poland
Arts and Culture
- Performing arts offerings from Polish artists
- Music and vocal concerts tour proposals from Polish artists
- Touring exhibitions, book launches in Australia
- Visual arts offerings
- Touring exhibition and installation proposals
- Invitations to art exhibitions, book launches in Poland
- Film screenings and film festivals in Poland
- Film screenings and festivals in Australia
- Support for Polish language ethnic schools in Australia
- Networking and liaison between the Polish language schools in different states in Australia
- Teacher development and in-service upskilling – promotion of teacher education opportunities
- Assistance with identifying and promoting high quality and modern teaching and learning resources and materials for teaching Polish as a second language
- Promotion of higher education degree opportunities in Poland
- Internships and work experience for Polish students studying in Australia
- Promotion of higher education in Australia
- Academic and research exchanges between Poland (EU) and Australia
Public Diplomacy and Representation
- Attendance at Regal, Government and Consular Corps events and receptions
- Attendance at business conferences, trade fairs and seminars and business awards
- Participation at Parliamentary or Ministerial visits
- Regular engagement with State and Federal Australian politicians, public servants and business community
- Scheduling, programming and hosting Dignitaries (Consul General, Ambassador)
Polish Community Engagement
- Attending National Days functions (3 May, 11 November)
- Sporting and community functions
- Patronage of the Positive Women’s Club (monthly meetings)
- News and information distribution to the Polish community
- Providing references and recommendations for Government Awards and Honours nominations
- Provision of advice and referral to professional services (legal, medical, other specialists)
- Mediation and conflict resolution
Media and Public Relations
- Media releases of newsworthy Poland related stories for publication in Australian Press & other media
- Participating in fora, discussions and debates relating to the bilateral relations between Poland and Australia