IAS has ten program countries and each country has one local office or more. Despite the distance our staff come together regularly and this week are wehappy to welcome our 10 country directors to Sweden.
-This week we will come together for a time of strategic discussions and fellowship to inspire us to take IAS further in the years to come. It´s also a great opportunity to share experiences and difficulties faced on a daily basis. Since all of our staff work in areas of either conflicts or extreme poverty we want to encourage each other and equip one another for the time ahead, says Daniel Zetterlund, CEO IAS.
Local staff – core of our work
IAS has 350 employees in total and despite the distance between the countries IAS internal personnel management meet regularly. Currently IAS program countries are; Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia/Somaliland, Uganda, Tanzania. IAS always strives to recruit local staff to ensure that our work is as efficient and authentic as possible, says Daniel.
-We have realized that by doing this we have the local expertise to ensure that our help reaches those who need it most. We can also easily follow up on our projects and guarantee that our work is of high quality.
Text och foto: Rebecka Woods
April 16th, 2015, Sweden
IAS is expanding and we are happy to welcome Desiree Lyckelind, our new Head of Administration at the Head office in Stockholm.
Desiree, please tell us a bit about yourself.
– I´m married to Natanael and we have two children. Since I was little I have had a heart for Africa. My parents were missionaries in Ethiopia so I lived there for six years.
For the last six years I have been in charge of the administration in a larger congregation in Uppsala, coordinating the administration and also pulling a few strings when it comes to the congregation´s international work.
You have also been working with IAS in the past?
Yes, I have. During the year 2 000 I worked as a volunteer for IAS in Garissa, Kenya and between 2004-2006 I worked as Senior Administrator in Khartoum, for IAS in Sudan. It feels great to be back with IAS and have the privilege to work at the Head Office.
What do you hope to contribute to IAS work?
-I hope to use my experience to strengthen the administrative part of the office and will give my best to support the Human Resources Department. I know from experience that people in IAS are driven by compassion and are prepared to walk that extra mile to make a difference in peoples lives and I want to be a part of it.
Text & photo: Rebecka Woods