K Maya Majueran, Project Manager – Support Services, Somalia
I joined the MAG Sri Lanka programme in June 2006 as National HR Officer and was subsequently promoted to HR Manager and Support Services Manager. I worked in the Sri Lanka programme for over five years to help my own nation clear land so it could be safely released to local communities.
MAG and my colleagues helped me in many ways to develop my career and I was fortunate to gain some additional experience supporting the MAG Lao PDR programme for temporary periods. Once I had gained sufficient experience in Sri Lanka, I was encouraged to apply for an international role and I was selected as Base Manager for the MAG Somalia programme in August 2011.
Since then, I have been promoted to a new position in the Somalia team, Project Manager – Support Services, in August 2012. The role is challenging in a difficult environment, but I’m happy to say that I’m succeeding so far, a lot of which is down to the support of my colleagues and the rewards of the work itself.
One of the great strengths and rewards of working for MAG is the diversity of the multicultural staff it employs. I’m proud to say I work for MAG.
Marysia Zapasnik, Community Liaison Capacity Building Advisor
I’ve been a Community Liaison Manager in South Sudan for over a year. In that time, I have travelled and camped all over the country with my teams, found marked and recorded minefields and UXO, written articles and reports, recruited and trained staff, climbed mountains, fallen down waterfalls, dug cars out of the mud, been stung and bitten, and provided potentially lifesaving Mine Risk Education to thousands of people.
I have laughed, cried, been frustrated, daunted and exhilarated. I have made many friends, learnt many things, seen many strange sights and eaten many strange foods. Every day brings a new tricky challenge and a new fabulous adventure. The work is demanding and the living conditions are certainly not easy, but this is by far the best and most rewarding job I’ve ever had.
So what is the secret to MAG’s success all over the world? A mix of humanitarian smiles and tough military precision, top international experts and national capacity building, hard work but the rewards are astounding. So what are you waiting for? Come join us.
Angelo Bernard, Technical Operations Manager, Republic of Congo
I’ve now been working for MAG for two years, where I’ve had the opportunity to progress my humanitarian career quickly. Upon joining MAG, I worked as part of a small, close-knit team in Burundi as a Technical Field Manager in the SALW field, where I travelled all over the country.
I left the Burundi programme to work in the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a humanitarian mine action project, which involved training deminers and deploying with them to apply their knowledge in real situations. In the same year, benefiting from the experience I acquired in Burundi, I led the weapons securitisation and PSSM projects in DRC.
In March 2012, I was involved in the emergency response intervention following an ammunitions depot explosion in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
Since then, I’ve been able to progress to the position of Technical Operations Manager to lead MAG’s technical operations in the Republic of Congo. In these few lines, I hope that I’ve described the diverse technical sectors within MAG. This diversity allows many to find job satisfaction, according to their qualifications and interests.