An inspiring experience

February 27, 2020

Whether at its head office or in the field, DID relies on a large and dynamic team to ensure the success of its projects.

Our colleague Narcisse Soglohoun has served as agricultural financial advisor for the Agriculture and rural financing in Mali (FARM) project since 2017. We asked him to share his story with us.

Can you tell us about your career path and how you came to join the FARM project team?

I completed my banking training before embarking on my professional career as an assistant loan officer intern in 2003. I subsequently held various management positions at three different financial institutions, in Benin and in Chad. I left my last position there as assistant general manager in charge of operations in 2017.

When DID asked me to work on the FARM project, I jumped at the opportunity, as I wanted to build on my agricultural financing experience and pursue a career in international development. I'm very pleased to have joined DID as an agricultural financing advisor.

How is it different working at DID?

There's no such thing as a daily routine at DID! We work in a multidisciplinary and international environment. This type of setting is ideal for being able to make full use of your skills and knowledge. And I enjoy being able to help out at all levels.

What are the daily challenges that you face in carrying out your work?

There are many. But I’d say the first is the need to adapt to each situation and to the requirements of individual partners. Also, to carry out activities in a professional and timely manner, by remaining focused on the expected results.

What makes you proud to be working at DID?

There's cultural diversity within DID. I feel a great sense of pride in belonging to this great organization, not only because of the prestige but also, and above all, for the professionalism it brings to all of its projects. Helping to improve people's living conditions is also a great source of pride.

What is the defining moment of your experience at DID?

Something I’ll never forget: the first day I came on board at Lévis! It was very emotional, especially because I had succeeded in taking my career in a new direction.