What is your favourite thing about your job? What have been the most challenging features of this project?
The Cluster team comprises seven full-time staff covering the whole country, although at the moment there is an emphasis and focus on Mosul. The work is extremely varied and in any single day we will be helping to coordinate front line responses and delivery of items to the field and then working on national technical guidelines and standards to assist partners. We do not know how the day will end as the situation is very fluid and dynamic.
We try to maintain an overview of all stocks held by partners - tents, emergency shelter kits and core household items, and help to advise partners as to where the gaps are. Working with partners to respond to gaps in coverage can be a rewarding experience. Keeping this overview of what partners are doing and what their capacity to respond allows us to keep the information flow between donors, stakeholders, partners and the Government.
What is the one thing you think people should know about the crisis in Mosul?
It is important to remember that Mosul is one part of a much wider and complex regional situation and when the Government regains control of the city, the essential work of assisting people to return to their homes and rebuild the city will need support from the international community. It is critical that this stabilisation phase involving the reconstruction of the damaged or destroyed homes and infrastructure (water, electricity, sewerage networks, roads, municipal buildings etc.) is supported by the international community to ensure lasting stability in the region.
What are your recommendations to those considering to work in Mosul?
The work is hard and the hours at the moment are long; however, there is a sense of community between all actors. The Government is not only taking a lead role but is facilitating the work of the international community which creates a sense of unity. Unlike some emergencies, there is a belief that there will be an end as all parties are focused on the common goal. I would recommend any RedR Members who have been looking at opportunities to apply and get involved. The work is rewarding and is appreciated by all involved.