Movemeon pandemic response was developed in reaction to the outbreak of COVID-19, titled ‘Consultants Against COVID-19‘. This initiative comprises of 400+ highly skilled consultants and ex-consultants willing and ready to provide their services for free to support any charities, public sector and other not for profit organisations in need during the crisis. Headed up by Jack Fitch and Clare Tsangari (who are also volunteering their support for free) they are matchmaking the best skills to key roles and creating awareness through a dedicated LinkedIn channel.
60+ consultants have currently been placed with a variety of public health organisations, charities and government at the national level. This is Elanor’s journey to supporting Doctors Without Borders. Elanor provided change management to the Doctors Without Borders operational centre in Amsterdam.
“Soon after commencing with MSF I felt I was part of the team, supporting the journey towards something bigger – a big necessity for all of us during Covid-19. I want to thank everyone at MSF for the quick acceptance as ‘one of them’ and for being used as a sounding board, and listened to for my change management expertise – I would be happy to work with everyone involved again at a later stage!”
– Elanor Jovanovic
Where did you start your career/where are you going?
I started my career as a trainee in an international management programme in the transportation and logistics industry, an industry that has since taken me across the world multiple times and I have been fortunate to work across Europe, Asia and Oceania.
I am a versatile and relationship-focused program and change management executive with extensive experience leading global initiatives across various facets of the supply chain, fostering cross-functional communication and driving consensus.
What first attracted you to volunteer your time and join Consultants against COVID-19?
In connection with an intercontinental move I was in between roles, and hence had time on my hands wherefore I offered my time to support this worthwhile programme.
What are the key aspects of your new role and how do they help support your new company?
I have always wished to know more about how non-profits are run, and Doctors without Borders has definitely been one of the organisations I have had an interest in. They were doing an overhaul to a number of their processes in their operational centre in Amsterdam where I was supporting them on the change management side of things.
How has this worldwide pandemic affected you personally/your work life?
Not being able to move around freely has severely impacted my personal life in terms of travel opportunities / going places; as for my professional life, the time in between roles became a little longer than anticipated, which to a degree was COVID related, however also came down to paperwork being delayed in the otherwise efficient Switzerland.
What are you doing more of because of coronavirus?
Spending more time at home has meant more cooking, more weeknight drinking, going for (too many) local walks, as well as more yoga in front of the laptop rather than in a studio!
The main thing has really been screen time increase which was the last thing anyone needed (in my mind).
Finally, what are you most looking forward to doing once social distancing rules have been relaxed?
Any and everything social – without having to think about what restrictions may be in place this week/month – not having to think about ALL the things we used to take for granted! I honestly cannot wait for COVID-19 to be a thing we speak of a ‘marker’ in our generation’s history, but one that no longer impacts us in the same way it does as I am writing this!
Whether you’re on the front lines of fighting the virus or not, Consultants Against COVID-19 are helping companies with full-time support down to one-off expertise. Please contact freehelp@movemeon
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