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Estefania Pisciotta

Open to Opportunities  •  San Francisco, US  •  [email protected]

Dedicated human rights professional experienced in coordinating and researching international projects relating to environmental issues, gender rights and social justice. Proven track record of field work across the Americas, Asia and Africa. Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


Global Program Intern, The Hunger Project                                                                                    New York, USA

January to June 2017 

  • Monitored field developments in Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Prepared reports on topics including social enterprises, women’s health, rural transportation and environmental issues. 
  • Supported the program’s day-to-day operations by scheduling conferences and meetings, producing internal reports and providing administrative support. 
  • Led an ‘Improved Agriculture Techniques’ project that consisted on a detailed manual regarding farming techniques in light of climate change and changing farm workforce demographics. 
  • Drafted country-specific program briefs for senior management that included statistical analysis, data analysis and annual reports.   

Field Project Coordinator, Rural Women’s Movement (“RWM”)                              Camperdown, South Africa

July 2014- February 2015
Project: “Seedling Production for HIV Control and Prevention through Food Security in KwaZulu-Natal.”

  • Led a food security project across two sites (eNyezane and uMqedandaba, South Africa) to evaluate and reduce HIV epidemic death rates in rural areas.
  • Coordinated activities and reported weekly from the rural communities on seedling production, food and water access and women’s health indicators. Using Excel, gathered and analyzed data from various sources to assess community impact as compared to program targets.
  • Facilitated and led weekly meetings with local staff and female farmers to discuss progress towards targets, and methods to improve local data collection (e.g. surveys, weather data and information exchange partnerships)
  • Contributed to donor RFPs: developed information-sharing infrastructure to facilitate the free flow of data among RWM and its participants, investors, government agencies, academics, and other partners. 

Administrative Intern, Mission of Paraguay to the United Nations                                              New York, USA                                                                                    

February to December 2013

  • Conducted research on projects relating to Guarani indigenous land rights in the Chaco region and the Paraguay’s position on domestic and international recognition of indigenous heritage. 
  • Assisted in preparing the ambassador's agenda, planning travel, scheduling meetings and other administrative tasks. 
  • Drafted briefs for the ambassador and other senior staff regarding key outcomes of UN conferences and assisted in preparation of speeches and media statements.
  • Updated country-specific briefing materials for use by the Paraguayan mission.  

Education Consultant, Inter-Express Travel                                                                            Asunción, Paraguay

March 2008 to December 2011
  • Conducted and led information sessions for potential students on programs abroad, culture shock and expectations and disappointments of living internationally.
  • Advised students on education centers, language programs and safe cities, and assisted with visa processes.
  • Served as a liaison between embassies, travel agencies, study centers and students. Additionally, coordinated travel using Amadeus Software.
  • Coordinated logistics before, during and after the student international study and drafted letters and documents addressing student needs and responding to concerns regarding security, visas and immigration process.


Research and Academic Experience

Researcher, Janey Program in Latin American Studies at the New School                                 New York, USA

January to May 2016

Study: “Environmental Human Rights Defenders: Assessing information in cross-country comparison in Latin America.”

  • Developed guidelines for evidence collection when researching and investigating HR incidents, particularly in the context of interviews in light of the psychological and social impact of conflict trauma.
  • Assisted in the creation of a comprehensive data evaluation strategy to monitor the progress and outcome of the local legal in recognizing environmental protection and defenders of human rights.
  • Drafted briefs and pitches for media reports regarding sensitive subject matter such as survivor stories of HR violations. 

Researcher- Student Assistant, International Center of Nonviolence                              Durban, South Africa

July 2014 to February 2015 

  • Conducted qualitative analysis of gender-based violence in higher education, with a focus on extreme violence; (including homicide and rape) on university campuses around South Africa.
  • Designed, in partnership with Professor Crispin Hemson, a new compulsory cornerstone development module to train participants as leaders and tutors in areas of preventive violence, peacemaking and advocacy.
  • Coordinated a project on sexual harassment working with members of Art for Humanity (AfH), LGBT students and HIV support groups using Photovoice as a visual media platform.
  • Assisted student researchers in integrating desktop information and fieldwork; provided technical support by incorporating monitoring and evaluation inputs into research and program information.


M.A. in International Affairs, The New School                                                                                 New York, USA 

August 2013 to May 2016

Human Rights and Global Governance concentration

Thesis: “Uncovering Paraguay’s Standing Struggle: How can the paradox of national identity be explained in a country with divided social consciousness?” 

Selected Coursework: International Environmental Governance, Children's Rights and Poverty, Designing Development, International human rights (“HR”) Law, HR Transitional Justice, Global Economics and Quantitative Methods. 

B.A. in Hotel and Tourism Management, Universidad Columbia del Paraguay                Asunción, Paraguay 

January 206 to December 2010

Magna Cum Laude

Thesis: “International Business Franchising: The effects of weak business regulation in Paraguay” 

Fellowship in Peacemaking, University of Seoul                                                                      Seoul, South Korea 

Summer 2009
International Ambassador 

Ten-week fellowship program in affiliation with the University of Seoul. Represented Paraguay as an international student ambassador and completed coursework on the reconciliation and peace process on the Korean peninsula.  

Skills and Interest

  • SPSS,  Microsoft Office, QDS, Amadeus, Refworks, Photovoice and Sabre.
  • Running, Tennis, Yoga, Traveling, Reading, 

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