Adolescents and Youth Programme Analyst, United Nations Population Fund, Egypt Country Office
Nihal Said, from Cairo, Egypt is a statistician by training and currently works as the Adolescents and Youth Programme Analyst at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Egypt Country Office. Said recently concluded her UNV assignment with the MENA Regional Bureau of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) on humanitarian affairs. She volunteers with humanitarian organizations in Egypt such as the Egyptian Red Crescent and UN MGCY. In addition, Said is the MENA Regional Focal Point for the Habitat III preparations for youth and is actively involved in youth engagement in the World Humanitarian Summit process as well as humanitarian, peace and security. Said obtained her M.A from Ohio University’s Communication and Development Studies Program and her B.A in Statistics from Cairo University. Her research interests include media and audience research, communication/ICT for development/humanitarian action, humanitarian effectiveness, and gender and youth issues. In 2013, motivated by the social change movements in Egypt, Said conducted research on the use of communication tools in fighting sexual harassment in Egypt.
Said has experience with mixed methods research on primary and secondary data, and with social media as a tool to inform humanitarian response. In 2013, Said worked on mapping Communication for Development strategies of relevance to polio eradiation in Chad. This experience motivated her to study the role of communication tools and culture for public health issues in emergency settings. In 2014, she studied the role of communications and culture in responding to Orphans and Vulnerable Children and HIV/AIDS transmission in Botswana. Working at the regional office for OCHA Middle East, Said conducted research for: a) informing the discussions on reforming the humanitarian sector for the World Humanitarian Summit and; b) advocating for humanitarian needs. In this role, she conducted FGDs with Syrian refugees and youth volunteers both online and in person to gather insights on the Syria response in Egypt, Lebanon, and Yemen. In addition, Said facilitated consultations with civil society, media, and government to raise recommendations to the WHS.
Most recently, Said worked with Microsoft on developing software that would analyze social media and big data to inform the humanitarian response planning in Libya where access is challenging. She is currently mapping the efforts of young Egyptians and Syrians working for peace and combating extremism.
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