Campbell Bright has a long career within the United Nations. She has worked at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Jordan, and for many years at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), first in Denmark and then in South Africa.
In June 2017 Campbell applied to become a member of the Senior Women Talent Pipeline (SWTP), where she receives one-on-one support and personal follow-up for her career in peacekeeping operations. Since late 2017 she is the Chief of Supply Chain Management at the United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
This mission was created in 2007 and has an extensive mandate in a challenging environment, including to protect civilians; to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance; to contribute to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law; and to support the mediation of community conflict, including through measures to address its root causes.
Campbell defined this career change as primarily a career choice, but also a personal need to evolve and test herself in a more challenging environment. "There’s no typical work day when you work in peacekeeping missions. Every day has things I have never imagined, and challenges I have never faced before”.
As Chief Supply Chain Management, she is responsible for managing the supply chain, planning and execution of the various components of the integrated chain supporting UNAMID operations. Procurement, warehousing, management and administration of equipment and assets, transportation of cargo and passengers (through air and over land and sea) and monitoring of the distribution of goods to the end user, are all part of her job.
“It is a role that is trying to make people’s world better, and it’s rewarding, in particular on the Mission Support side where I am” said Campbell. “It’s also very interesting to interact with different entities, such as vendors, that are not directly involved in the Mission, but that support it through their goods and services.”
When asked what lessons she would like to share with other women interested in pursuing a career in peacekeeping, she replied that women need just to dare apply, because working in peacekeeping is fulfilling. “You learn both about the places you go, as well as much more about yourself. What is important to you and what’s not, and how to be creative and flexible in new situations. The work and the people- local Sudanese, military and police from around the globe, and colleagues – provide learning opportunities every day.”
The Department of Field Support (DFS) recently published six generic job openings for UN peace operations rosters. DFS is re-opening these roster vacancies for an additional three weeks, due to the high level of interest in this roster exercise. All eligible candidates, including currently serving personnel and staff, are encouraged to apply.
These roster vacancies will be open until 9 June and are now live on the Impactpool site:
Candidates who previously applied to these roster vacancies need not reapply. All applicants will be screened according to the same eligibility and suitability requirements in accordance with the criteria specified in each job opening.
Photo: Campbell Bright (r), Chief of Supply Chain Management, UNAMID, at work in one of the warehouses she manages.