60 Seconds with…Morris Lab

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

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a Project Officer (PO) in a team of POs supporting Itad Project Managers to manage a portfolio of jobs and projects from implementation stage through to completion.

What does that involve?

Being a Project Officer involves checking and reviewing client contracts, drawing up subcontracts, checking and processing invoices, dealing with clients, sub-contractor and consultants communications and monitoring job progress & expenditure. We engage with most of the departments and therefore play an important role in facilitating the effective management of projects.

How did you get into the field?

I spent six months in South Sudan as a volunteer logistics officer coordinating the delivery of relief supplies to Sudanese people displaced by the internal conflict. This experience cemented my desire to pursue a career in international development culminating in a number of permanent positions with UK based NGOs supporting implementing partners to deliver education and health projects in Africa and Asia.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The variety of the job, and interacting with a wide range of stakeholders. We are also allowed some freedom, creativity and flexibility to suggest and implement improvements. I also enjoy working as a member of a team – there are some new members in the team and we support each other a lot and exchange experiences and practices.

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

A move to online systems for project management, financial management and communications.

Recent highlight?

Successfully passing my 3 month probation period and being told I ask good questions!

Most interesting fact you have come across in your sector recently?

I wasn’t familiar with the term “Thought Leadership” prior to joining Itad. I think it’s important to reflect on this – this ensures Itad devotes sufficient time and space for “Thought Leadership” in order to promote new ways of thinking, inspire people and become the ‘go to’ organisation and authoritative voice in our field of expertise.

Morris Lab, March 2015