Cesar Urquizo - Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning adviser

Cesar works with Brooke's country programme staff on everything related to monitoring projects and programmes.

Cesar Urquizo

What time does your alarm go off and how do you start your day?

I usually wake up 10 minutes before my alarm goes off at 6:00am. My day starts with coffee and toast. Then I puff my way to work on my bike through Richmond, Sheen, Fulham, Chelsea, past Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. It takes an hour and six minutes. On a good day.

What are you responsible for in your role at Brooke?

As Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) adviser, I work with country programme staff on everything related to monitoring projects and programmes. I also manage evaluations and am responsible for the implementation of the Brooke MEAL capacity building strategy. With my colleagues from the Evaluation and Performance team, we collaborate with colleagues from programmes, finances and fundraising in MEAL-related topics – for example, reviewing a partner’s proposals, looking at the outcomes of projects or providing advice on how to monitor projects or collect data.

What’s your typical day?

I usually spend 15 minutes on emails, between one and three hours on Skype meetings with MEAL leads based overseas, 30 to 60 minutes in meetings and then paperwork. For example, today I had a Skype meeting with two consultants who are planning the work of Brooke Pakistan. I also had a Skype meeting with George in Kenya, who is developing a local reporting system for Brooke East Africa. Then I had a meeting with Jen from Fundraising and Communications, and the Internal Communications Officer from Senegal to talk about the reporting process.

What’s your most memorable work moment?

Witnessing the amazing work that Brooke does and the challenges faced by field staff every day when I visited Nepal during the evaluation of the project ran by our partner AHTCS.

What’s the worst part of your job?

Sometimes it’s being in endless meetings

What’s the best part of your job?

Working alongside a fantastic team in the UK and overseas.

What would be your Plan B? What would you be doing if you didn’t work at Brooke?

I have been working in the charity sector for a long time in organisations such as Oxfam and VSO. If I were not working for Brooke, I would be working in another charity trying to do my bit for a better world.

I have not seen many organisations with such committed people.

What do you do after work?

I cycle home or meet friends. I do not have a TV so I read

What makes you proud to be Brooke?

I’m proud to work alongside passionate and committed people who work hard to improve the welfare of animals. I have not seen many organisations with such committed people.

We reach over two million working horses, donkeys and mules across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Our staff include vets, animal welfare experts, and advocacy and development specialists.