Written by Semina Fazelbhoy and Claudio Priori
China country office (20-27 October 2012)
Before leaving for Beijing I was apprehensive to travel alone to China-so many worries: the long flight, the arrival late evening, the language (despite the efforts I could learn only few words in Chinese before leaving) and of course worry of not answering all HR-related queries.
All my worries were futile-because although the flight was long (Emirates) and in spite of travelling economy class, I had lots of leg-room, the food was delicious and the people sitting next to me were friendly. Upon arrival at Beijing airport I was received by a very nice Chinese UNDP driver-we of course communicated in sign language! The hotel staff were friendly and I learned lots of new words, " 你好" Nihao (hello) was my first one.
I had healthy discussions with the ICO staff and we covered several HR topics. In the same office compound, I met staff of WFP, UNDP and UNDSS all of whom were readily available to cover topics ranging from recruitment to security.
The ICO staff were thrilled to receive the country office administrative handbook and the communications toolkit. They were enthralled to learn the usage of LMS and most of all they felt honoured that someone from HQ-HR was present in person to answer their numerous queries. They constantly mentioned that they now feel more included as IFAD staff and less isolated!
Beijing is a beautiful, safe, city, with wide streets and fashionable shops. The food is light and cheap and the portions huge. Yes, language can be a challenge, but you can get by if you learn a few key words in Chinese and speak to the young people who are only too eager to practise their English.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit China and would love to return to China someday to learn more about their language and culture.
Ghana country office (26-30 November 2012)
|Accra: Local market|
Claudio and Sarah working together!
|In the office with our colleagues Ulac, Sarah and Daniel|
We are now working on these suggestions .......new ideas will shortly be discussed with Management.
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I am fervently looking forward to my next duty travel….