Working as an advisor in a capacity-building environment will require tradeoffs in decision making. As an advisor, you may have a number of ideas on how to solve an identified issue but these ideas risk not reaching implementation if they are not generated or managed by a local counterpart.
Listen now to examples of the variety of expectations and pressures placed on an advisor, and reflect on how to navigate them sensitively. As an advisor, you will wish to act decisively to adequately identify the solution with the least amount of negative consequences.
As an advisor, you will often have to function in a complex environment characterised by instability, insecurity and unpredictability. Adding to the complexity of the situation is the fact that you will not have all the information required to make a sound judgment. Being aware of these complexities will help you to make better decisions and support your counterpart to make [concrete choices], on a case by case basis. You should acknowledge that you will not be able to make the most perfect decision, but you should be able to make the least imperfect choice.
The slides that follow will deal with some of the common dilemmas faced by advisors.