Change of gear

The newly appointed project officer had been told by her head office to keep a low profile. Her organisation hoped that others would lead the emergency response so that she would only have to contribute to smaller matters. However the emergency situation became worse. The press in her head office's country discovered that her organisation was working in the region and asked why such a large organisation was doing so little in the face of such need. Head office policy changed rapidly. Three months later she was managing an office with 10 expatriate and 50 national staff providing assistance to 300,000 people.