Elena Maximenco, Long Term Public Health Expert and Team Leader in Mongolia

Elena Maximenco, Long Term Public Health Expert and Team Leader in Mongolia

 I feel very comfortable working at EPOS. I have never had the feeling that I am alone, being strongly supported by the HQ. Regular visits and involvement in discussions of other EPOS projects gave me the perception of being not only a project team member, but also a member of the EPOS family. Project director, project coordinator and financial manager visits to the project site, positively influenced the project outcomes.  

What is the scope of your responsibilities and how did you join EPOS?

I currently work as a team leader/key public health expert in "Prevention and Control of Major Non-Communicable Diseases and Injuries" project in Mongolia. This $40M USD project is financed by the Millennium Challenge Corporation and implemented by the Millennium Challenge Account Mongolia. EPOS is the institutional contractor and provides technical assistance in consortium with THL, Finland.

I joined the EPOS team in 2003, working in health promotion and NCD prevention project in Moldova. I have been working with EPOS for 9 years.

What has been your most important experience while working at EPOS?

Nine years ago, I started working at EPOS as a local public health expert and after 6 years I was promoted to the position of a team leader and key expert in an international project. This was a big challenge for me and EPOS gave me this possibility. In Mongolia, while working at EPOS, I also had very important personal experience, studying Mongolian language and playing the moren huur, a Mongolian traditional instrument, which has only two strings made from a horse’s tail.

How would you describe working as part of the EPOS team?

I feel very comfortable working at EPOS. I have never had the feeling that I am alone, being strongly supported by the HQ. Regular visits and involvement in discussions of other EPOS projects gave me the perception of being not only a project team member, but also a member of the EPOS family. Project director, project coordinator and financial manager visits to the project site, positively influenced the project outcomes.

What information would you like to share with people interested in working with EPOS?

It is possible for everyone to find their right job at EPOS. If you are young, a motivated specialist or if you are an experienced senior expert, EPOS is able to propose you an interesting job. I know this based on my own experience. Also, EPOS is a reliable company with a good reputation worldwide. The HQ staff is highly professional and always ready to provide necessary support.

What positive effects have you seen in relation to the work you do?

As I previously mentioned, the MCA-Mongolia Health Project received an award as the best implemented project in countries which implement MCA projects. This is a big recognition of the MCA-Mongolia Project Implementation Unit, EPOS and THL, and other contractors. Now EPOS is working on the project success stories and lessons learned. Our team will be very happy to share this publication with everyone soon.

What keeps you motivated to remain with EPOS?

There are many motivators which keep people working for one company or another. Of course everyone could say that the financial part is very important and I would agree with this. But for me, personally, there are many other important motivators which keep me working with EPOS, such as doing the job which I like, being trusted and respected, working with highly professional specialists, having personal connections with the people I work with. We spend more hours at work than with our families, and the quality of our life depends very much on the culture of the organization we work for.

Please describe your EPOS working experience in four words:

  • Long term
  • Reliable
  • Interesting
  • Challenging