Joy Masongsong 
Location: DPR Korea
Occupation: FAO Operations Officer
What does being a Humanitarian mean to you?
Practically  speaking, for me, being a humanitarian is all about helping ensuring that emergency response operations go smooth, and that FAO staff and partners, are able to deliver timely assistance that help save livelihoods. I’m not a front liner in the field unlike other colleagues, rather, I’m more of like a quiet ‘enabler’ working in the background helping others do humanitarian work timely and effectively.

What is the most favourite part of your work?
My favorite part of my work is when I get official confirmation that the inputs and other needed services from partners reach the farmers on time. There is a strong sense of fulfillment, for instance, in knowing that farmers, or cooperative farms, will be able to replant on time while there is still rain, and that their seeds will be better protected from floods the next time around.             
What is the most challenging part of your work?
 The most challenging part of my work is trying to make the many ‘nuts and bolts’ work smoothly together within and across different institutions. This is particularly challenging during the humanitarian response phase, where everything has to happen twice as fast—especially in certain institutional contexts not setup for humanitarian response.
Photo credit: WFP/Diego Fernandez