Did this challenge happen in your work in the response to the Ebola outbreak too?
Yes, I did four rounds of the Ebola response. It was very new for everybody. Nobody knew how exactly to deal with this kind of outbreak at this scale. Besides what I just said on the usual challenges in emergency response, there was also a high level of risk for my team, for medical teams and obviously the population of the countries. We knew that we would improve our collective response, but at the same time, we were involved in an intervention with very high risk. What I saw was something amazing and very special - so many people in my team, the local NGOs, other NGOs and INGOs accepted to face this risk to be involved in and committed to the response.
Do you have any advice for people who might be newer to this sector?
My advice would be to be flexible, open-minded and curious because the way to find solutions in a very chaotic situation sometimes is to have high level of creativity and flexibility as well as a solution-oriented outlook.
Could you tell us why you want to be a RedR Member?
I find it very interesting that RedR has a strong position in supporting and training local humanitarian workers because coaching humanitarian workers already in the field is key to creating change in the humanitarian sector in the mid and long term.
I also like the idea of being a part of a network of sharing lessons learned. Even when you have got experience, you should always be ready to learn, to be open and curious, and to change your point of view. I find RedR a flexible network which adds value to the sector in terms of technical expertise and management skills.
Thank you for this opportunity to share my views. I am super excited to enter this network. I am looking forward to meeting all the Members and to be involved in trainings, events or discussions.