Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI2)

Markrid Antossian

Markrid Antossian

Emergency/Humanitarian Coordination Program Associate at UNICEF

Markrid Antossian has a extensive experience in the field of international protection and humanitarian response. Currently she works with UNICEF at the country office level the Emergency and Field Operations sections; where she assists to design and implement a child centered work-plan, during the onset of an emergency to effectively and timely respond to the needs of the field colleagues through liaising and dispatching of contingency stock. In addition, she is currently supporting the Senior Management in public resource mobilization through arranging donor visits, including the timely production of Briefing Notes. Before joining UNICEF, she used to work with UNHCR as Senior Resettlement Assistant in Beirut, throughout her work with UNHCR she has gained a tremendous experience in dealing with traumatized individuals, where she used to identify and interview Syrian displaced individuals daily, identifying the right durable solution under the scheme of international protection. Furthermore, she was able to identify new referral mechanisms to identify vulnerable families. She started her career with IOM as project assistant where she worked on identifying victims of trafficking through visiting the detention center and interviewing the victims and assessing their situation to grant them voluntary return and repatriation.

Markrid’s background is Political Science which unleashed her passion towards working in International Governmental Organizations. She has a BA degree in Political Science from Haigazian University. Moreover, she has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, where her research focused on refugee hosting mechanisms and the existing gaps inside the international refugee law.

In October 2015 she was selected to become UNAOC Fellow, where she was accepted as a fellow under the theme of Migration and Integration. The fellowship started in Sarajevo, then to Berlin, Brussels, New York and the last stop was Washington. During her visit to these countries had the chance to know the asylum procedures and rule of law applied in the mentioned countries; integration process, civil society actors and NGOs how operate to ease the integration process of the refugees. The fellowship gave her the chance to visit the EUEA (European Union External Services Action), the NATO, the UN headquarters, and the PRM- US bureau of Population and Migration, the thorough meetings with these agencies and organizations paved the way for me to understand globally how the refugee situation is being handled, the challenges that the international organizations are facing and the fellowship was a forum for sharing fruitful thoughts and a herald for intercultural dialogue.