60 Seconds with…Benjamin Stephens

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Ben had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

Project Administrator

What does that involve?

Being a Project Administrator involves producing contracts, processing finances and responding to inquiries.  It also involves a number of ad-hoc tasks that support research, which adds variety to the role.

How did you get into the field?

I originally completed a science degree and wanted to apply the skills I had learnt to work that had a global context.  So after studying a B.Sc. I undertook an M.Sc. in Global Health and Development. I spent time growing up in different countries, so I enjoy the multi-cultural dimension of development. I was also attracted to the field because it combines many topics, from climate change to governance.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I like the sense of organisation that comes with the role, and I also enjoy working on projects that are contributing towards positive social change, such as the Nepal Rural Access Programme.

Itad regularly hosts talks on topics such as realist evaluations and the organisation recently held an internal gender review, which I was involved with.  It is great to get involved in discussions that are open to all staff and hear about the work the company is doing on projects as significant as BRACED.

What new innovations/methods have you noticed in your sector?

I was reading about the software programme DHIS yesterday that can be used to monitor and evaluate health programmes.  I am interested in how advances in technology and the use of mobile phones are influencing monitoring and evaluation.

Recent job highlights?

Improving my budgeting skills has been a recent highlight for me.

Most interesting question you have been asked recently?

‘Bonjour, qui est à l’appareil?’

I was recently asked this question when I phoned an organisation.  I wasn’t expecting an answer to my call in French.  I have since rehearsed my ‘bonjour, parlez-vous anglais’ so I am better prepared for this scenario in the future. Until I improve my French that is!

Benjamin Stephens, August 2016