Deputy Area Manager

Name: Marilia
Location: Greece

Deputy Area Manager (1) My favorite story is related to our winterization project for one of the camps. Our shelter team decided to involve the community to realize this project gave back some dignity and a feeling of self-determination to the community. The community assembled the floor for their tents with the support and collaboration of DRC staff.  

What does a normal day look like?

There is not really a “normal” day. A day can start with answering emails related to proposed plans, ongoing projects or urgent calls about problems in the field. I mainly work from the office where I have to make sure that there is a steady flow of information between my colleagues in the field that work in refugee camps and my colleagues in the office that works on assuring that items and services requested from the field will be delivered on time.I often visit the field to get an overview; to make sure that everything goes as planned and to solve upcoming problems.

What is the best thing about your job?

I feel useful and that I can change things. I feel that every extra effort I make will have an influence on the everyday conditions of the people living in the camps. It is motivating to see how my work directly impacts people and it is rewarding to be there and make things happen.

What is the most challenging part about your job?

I care. It is not just another day at work for me. I chose to do this work because I wanted to help people who have suffered fleeing their countries to have decent conditions of living. It is challenging when things are not going as planned, when I realize that many times we are not able to deliver on time and efficiently, that many times me and my colleagues from other NGOs we seem to lose sight of the bigger picture – help those who everyday have to sleep in refugee camps – and instead we get lost into coordination labyrinths.

Past and future journey in DRC

I started working with DRC in Athens as part of the emergency response to the European crisis that we so often wrongly call refugee crisis. I took actively part in the recruitment of our actual staff and in the designing of activities that cover the basic needs of people living in the camps. Now we are not an emergency response anymore, but more directed towards improving services and living conditions. It is inspiring to be an organization where my values are those of my colleagues too, and I certainly wish to be with DRC in locations outside Greece.