MSc Practising Sustainable Development
Place of Work: Progressio, Yemen office
Position: Water Project Coordinator
What does your current position involve and what do you love about it?
I’m doing a lot of work in advocacy and capacity building in the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) sector at the moment but also working in IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management). I enjoy that I am involved in humanitarian work while trying to empower local communities as well as build the capacity of local counterpart staff so they can take a bigger role in humanitarian response and development activities. I am also fortunate enough to be able to work with a wide variety of people, locals and foreigners, donors, engineers, local and international NGO staff, local government, farmers and local water users.
How did you come to get that position?
I had been working in the water sector in the same country for several years. Advocacy and communications work was somewhat new to me but my practical experience in IWRM and working with the government was essential. Of course my MSc also proved to be very relevant to my work.
How do you think your degree has helped you?
My MSc course was very well rounded and provided an excellent theoretical background to sustainable development as well as instruction in more practical issues related to qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. This has helped me in many of my professional tasks such as giving trainings in PRA/PLA (Participatory Rural Appraisal/Participatory Learning and Action), conducting field surveys, writing articles, and participating in major events like the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development etc.
Is there any advice you would give to current students?
One year can go by very fast so be sure to take advantage of being with your professors and fellow course colleagues. It also helps if you come into the course with a fairly good idea of a research proposal topic so you can start preparing for your dissertation research as you are undertaking the course and be sure to follow any advice from your course instructors as they only have your best interest in mind.