“Beware And Be Ready”…Former Planning Boss Tells Humphrey Fellows

By Melissa Chea-Annan In Washington DC, USA

Former Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs, Dr. James Dorbor Jallah on Monday cautioned the 2012-2013 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows to engage into constructive developments to make positive changes in society upon return to their respective countries.

Dr. Jallah, a 2006-2007 Humphrey Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who spoke at a two-day Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program Year-End Retreat urged the Fellows to correct errors in the midst of crisis.

He reminded the Fellows to be prepared for the task that lies ahead because they will encounter numerous challenges in various forms especially after staying away from their country for one year. “Beware and be ready,” he added.

Sharing his experience upon his return to Liberia two years after the Fellowship Program, Dr. Jallah explained that he was faced with a challenge after his appointment as Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs in which his immediate boss assigned him to execute a tedious task. “I didn’t even know where to start from, but I had to review some documents and understand the full detail before taking decisions that were in the interest of my country and people,” Dr. Jallah intimated. He assured the Fellows that it is going to be tough, but with focus and determination, they will make a difference in the execution of their duties upon their return.

The Humphrey Program brings young and mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.

The Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.