A day in the life of Fiacre Manariyo, DTM focal point at Red Cross Burundi
Fiacre Manariyo, 33, is the focal point for the Displacement Monitoring Matrix (DTM) at the Burundi Red Cross (BRC) in Ngozi. Fiacre told OCHA more about his role:
I verify the quality and reliability of data on internally displaced persons (IDPs) by our field evaluators. If there is an incident, I visit the field within 24 hours to evaluate the damage and send the data to IOM. Local informers give us key information about the existence and life of IDPs.
The favourite part of my role
It's a job in which I feel comfortable, I've learned a lot. I am used to communicating with affected people. I am confident about the quality and reliability of my data verification and I know that IOM appreciates it. I am strong in this area.
The least favourite part of my role
IDPs often ask us why we do surveys, but we don't provide assistance. It is sometimes difficult to explain that we are only there to collect data to share with humanitarian partners who can provide assistance. This work can be very stressful too. BRC volunteers use their own resources and collect contributions from communities to provide assistance. But often the houses they build are of poor quality due to the lack of funds.
The challenges I face
Since 2017, the number of IDPs has been declining but in 2019 the number was higher due to multiple natural disasters caused by heavy rains. I would like to be trained in communication techniques. It would be better because I find myself in situations where communication is difficult. For example, it is important to use the right terms so as not to aggravate the feelings of people living in difficult situations, such as IDPs.