Sally E.

Programme Officer

Egypt

Summary

Throughout the past two years, my work has been largely focused on migration issues and the rights of the involved vulnerable groups. I have developed a great understanding of the patterns of movement, push and pull factors, and the physical and psychological state of the migrants themselves. I thus learned to assess human rights issues from various perspectives, on which basis I would thus design interventions that fit the needs of the target group based on available resources and in my capacity as a programme officer. Apart from rights-based management competencies, my experience as a programme officer taught me the intricacies of programming, most importantly, task coordination. From writing credit proposals, to interviewing migrants in detention and refugees, to reviewing progress reports, to representing the organization in various governmental and non- governmental functions, my job allowed me to juggle in between tasks in a timely way. At the Swiss Office for International Cooperation, I am currently leading on the monitoring activities of seven projects, which entails bi-monthly meetings with the partners, regular email communication, field visits in and outside of Cairo, and review of progress reports. I was also given the opportunity to take the full lead of the migration programme with support of office management during the absence of the department's head for a period of four months during which I gained insight on management principles. Among the most important acquired skills in this context was the ability to maintain rapport with all partners and stakeholders and make timely decisions. While programme management has its challenges, its merits are mostly reflected in the dynamic side of it. What I value most about my job is interacting with different groups of people. I realized that sound communication is a two-way positive track that contributes to personal and organizational credibility. It is through maintaining a transparent stream of exchange that I manage to gain the trust of the individuals whom I communicate with. This in turn allows for more accurate identification of gaps and needs, which is one of the cornerstones of efficient project design. During a visit to a detention center, after having an informal and friendly exchange with the detained migrants, I managed to identify several needs based on which I relayed my recommendations the implementing partners. The concerned project was adapted accordingly. To that effect, I also strive to maintain the good image of the organization I represent through effective networking. Whether in meetings, workshops, or public events, I seek to engage with various individuals and find opportunities to create synergies and relationships. I have come to realize that building networks is an essential advocacy and dialogue tool. I managed to draw upon such skills during my employment in Save the Children as I contributed to developing the project's advocacy messages and accompanying info-packages. These were disseminated in all subsequent project high-level workshops with governmental partners and donors. My past experience as an economic researcher at an investment bank and previously at the Central Bank of Egypt allowed me to fully utilize the acquired analytical and qualitative reasoning in all my professional positions. At the Center for Project Evaluation and Macro Economic Analysis, I led on several research assignments and contributed to the quarterly office newsletter "IMPACT", writing informational articles about development issues in Egypt. My background in monitoring and evaluation also served me well in ensuring accurate and concise reporting.

Experience

  • development
  • research & development
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • economic policy
  • events / training
  • egypt
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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