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What I have Been Working On

So if you're been reading my blog you might be thinking "wow this analyst has doesn't actually do any work!" So this post is dedicated to the work I've been doing. The goal of my mandate is to help the organization I'm working with develop a strategic plan for the next 3 years.

Week 1: was orientation and meeting the organization
Week 2: went around the country interviewing stakeholders. They ranged from local non-profits to large organizations like UN AIDS and World Vision
Week 3: we held a 2 day workshop to come up with ideas for the strategic plan and invited a number of stakeholders
Week 4: drafting and reviewing the strategic plan
Week 5: wrapping up, completing a final mandate report

In the I passed onto the organizatiosn
- Interview guide and notes
- Workshop decks
- Draft strategic plan for validation with stakeholders
- Deck outlining the process we went through
- Implementation tools

Though there's still a lot of work to be done as their plan needs to be reviewed by stakeholder and probably refined, it was nice to hear from the Executive Director that he thought the work I did was valuable to the organization and helped to develop their capacity.

Other things
- I had to extend my vistor's permit because I had been in the country for more than 30 days. It costs 5,000 MWK / 13.51 CAD to extend the permit for another 30 days. The immigration office is extremely unorganized - did not open on time, no real system of who gets served first, no signs as to where you need to go, you need to go to multiple places to pay, get the permit approved. An Industrial Engineer would have a field day mapping and improving their system.

Posted by Analyst 23:45 Archived in Malawi

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