Alda De Barros
Alda is a very dedicated person who has been advocating for staff since 2010. She is trusted by the staff who came to know her experience, trustable engagement and full involvement in different successful activities within different teams, as a person who fights for a better world environment. Despite having secured her Continuing Appointment since 2013, she yet passionately took the role to advocate for staff’s right in the downsizing process.
Alda is a Personal Assistant in the Field Service category and the current Chairperson ad interim of the Field Staff Union (FSU) in UNIOGBIS. She joined the United Nations in 1990 first as a Principal Assistant then changed to an Administrative Assistant before she became a Personal Assistant. She served in UNDP and in different Political and Peacekeeping missions such as UNMIT – East-Timor, BINUB – Burundi and UNIOGBIS – Guinea-Bissau. Alda holds a Certificate in Business and Administration Management and Law studies/International Relations from Lusiadas University/“Universidade Lusiadas” in Angola. Her knowledge encompasses Administration and Management, Mission Support and Human Rights.
Alda is a former FSU Chairperson who joined the FSU Council in 2016. She is currently a very active member of the Staff Welfare Committee and a Focal Point for UN Cares and UN for All. She takes each and every important issue to the attention of the Senior Management and works closely with all staff members, Senior Management and other members of the Union to ensure that staff voices are taken and heard far away. She believes in negotiations in a fair, impartial and meaningful dialogue in the benefit of who trust her to ensure that all matters related to staff rights, contractual arrangements, standards of living, the Internal Justice System, welfare and downsizing processes are correctly addressed. She believes in serving with complete impartiality and ensuring that all matters are transparent.
Alda deeply believes that as human beings who give away their personal dreams and family lives to work in hardship and dangerous situations, staff deserves to be always treated with dignity and respect and that, even when experiencing some unexpected adversities, staff should remain believing and keeping the hope.
Alda is a Portuguese native speaker and fluent in English, French and Spanish. She is a writer and the Author of a book titled: “The White Flour of Baobab/A Flor Branca do Baobá” (Poetry/Poems) launched by “Chiado Publisher” in Portugal, in Guinea-Bissau and in Sao Tome. She is 58 years old and a mother of a 32-year-old daughter.