Q. Why did you start this blog?
A. I first worked as a volunteer peer educator for UNAIDS in Zambia in 2005. Upon my return in Uganda, with the Uganda Red Cross, many folks asked for my advice on how to get a foot in the humanitarian door a lot . I’ve also been in the position of being frustrated at not being able to get information on how to break out of the experience save the fact that I was always asked for experience when I was 13! I might come across some interesting opportunity and am happy to post it here.
This site is my personal opinion as someone who has worked in the field both as a practitioner and (sometimes) on the recruiting side.
I should make clear that this blog is not the view of my current or future employers. It’s not necessarily what I think is best for the humanitarian community, and it’s not how I think the world should work.
Q. Can you help me get a job in relief and development work?
A. Not directly. I can tell you what I know about getting your foot into it.
Q. What do you know about humanitarian work anyway?
A. Not much. I know for a fact that the Community/End User is the heart of our work from planning to sustainability-but it’s easier said than Done.
Q. I have read that you work as a consultant too?
A It’s all true. My first international consultancy assignment was with UNAIDS-Geneva for the CrowdOutAids Campaign in 2012. I’m listed by UNFPA as one of their consultants. My key areas are stated in the ‘home’ page of this blog.
Q. What do I do if I want to hire you?
A. Contact me.
Q. Would you encourage me to travel and work in emergencies?
A. I have always been a person who prefers to be challenged, to be scared! For example when I told my family I was going to work on Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, it was shocking but I was excited. When I told my former work colleagues in Ethiopia that I was going to South Sudan, they joked ‘Rest In Peace” 🙂 I’m certainly not recommending that anyone to be like me – that’s a decision that they would have to make for themselves. There are risks both for the individual and problems that unprepared volunteers cause. Having said that, the reality is that a lot of people who end up working in this field get their first job this way, and I think the fairest thing to do is to present the information as best I can. I feel it’s not fair to say that people shouldn’t do what I and many others are doing. People need to make their own decisions with the best information available. 🙂
Q. I don’t agree with you.
A. Please do drop me an email, or comment on the blog. I’m very interested in feedback. Even if I don’t agree with you, we shall agree that you are right and am also right! 😀