Livelihoods Officer/Government Liaison

Name: Maryam
Location: Tehran, Iran

Livelihoods Officer Government Liaison (1)

In one settlement in a remote area of Iran, we had carpet weaving classes and the girls and women mentioned that coming to the classes were their only relief from depression. It is rewarding to know that the refugees really value our training classes.

What does a normal day look like?

It starts with looking at the "To do" list and my calendar. Then I supervise the livelihoods field assistant and give her instruction and guidance; liaison with government and other partners, discuss the programs with the program coordinator and Country Director and decide how we can proceed and what the plan B is in case we cannot proceed with the current plan. At the end of the day I review what has been done and what hasn't and plan for tomorrow. Sometimes a normal day is full with discussion with the local government for getting approvals, without which we cannot implement our programs.

What is the best thing about your job?

The most interesting part comes in planning and preparation, both in developing the current activities and incorporating new activities in the country programs. I enjoy putting different part and parcels of the job together and come up with the most desirable result as set from in the beginning in the goals.

What is the most challenging part about your job?

Sometimes I would like to speed up the processes and projects, but it can be difficult to do.

Past and future journey in DRC

I started as livelihoods officer and became senior program officer, then due to the restructuring I'm now the Livelihoods officer/Government Liaison. In hope my career development path will bring me to become a Program Manager, and hopefully one day in the future I can be the Country Director by showing my capabilities.