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As our 10 days Induction Training draw to a close I've already been told two places that I may be posted. The first was suggested by my Contingent Commander (Mike) but he made it clear that it was only going to be a suggestion from him and that the UN would ultimately post me where they required me. Little weight is given to anyone's wishes, even though NZ has 3 Community Policing Pilots operating.
One of these was actually where Mike had decided to suggest I be posted. Along with Theo who came over with me last week. We would hopefully join 3 other Kiwis at Becora station within Dili.
I don't mind at all where I am posted. Some of the guys were keen to get out of the city and into districts, some keen to stay in Dili where living is breezy at the Esplanada Hotel.
the 5th day from my arrival Mike came to me with a piece of paper advertising a
vacancy he suggested I should apply for.
It required the successful applicant to not only lead the Traffic Unit but also be involved in their training, the development of Traffic rules and policies, and even liaise with roading engineers about the design of traffic management systems and road layout.
the short time I have been in Dili I have seen about 5-6 sets of traffic
lights, one roundabout, and several Stop and
I don't think I will be able to get the job done in the 6 months I am scheduled
to be here but it is too much of a challenge to let slip past without trying
for the job.
Later that day Mike rang me to tell me that he had been called to UN Headquarters at Obrigado Barracks where he was advised I was to be posted out to Viqueque District. There are three Kiwis out there and after having been posted there for 2 months, all 3 are considering returning to jobs in Dili.
is the most remote station UNPOL (UN Police) are stationed. The main town of
But we have always been told that we should never believe postings until we are half way to where we are meant to be as the UN may change it even as you drive out of the gate.
So I'm trying not to get too wrapped up in the question of location right now. What I do know is that I will be here in Dili until Saturday morning at least and that my application for the Traffic job will be in by then. Even if I get an interview for the position, and that I am successful, there will be a few weeks between now and then, so I will be posted somewhere for sure!