13th January 2009 - 1 month, 28 days
So, I haven’t written much about work. That’s because, up until now, work has been slow. Not because there is nothing to do – on the contrary, there is way more than my counterpart, H, and I could do, if we undertook all the projects people expect the Timorese Office for Gender Equality to undertake.
Work has been slow for me because the point of my assignment has been to ‘build capacity’ of my counterpart (colleague) (for those unfamiliar with public service and development industry jargon, this means work with and teach my counterpart, not simply do stuff myself). I’m not meant to go in and be a workhorse for a year, I’m meant to actually help H work out how to plan, develop and carry out a research program so that (hopefully) he can keep going on his own after I leave.
However, when I arrived in December, I could tell that poor H already had enough work and plenty of people telling him what to do, so I pretty much spent the month tagging along to meetings, watching how people worked together in the office, how work was planned and prioritized, etc.
Anyway, the point of all this is to say that today I managed to have a conversation with H about all his work, and how we need to plan what he has to do, because otherwise we will take on too many things. So yay for progress!
EDIT: In the last two weeks we have done sooo much that it deserves another entry of its own, so I will do one another time. Yay for H!