Nadejda Chetraru’s entire career since university has been linked to the Republic of Moldova's General Inspectorate of Emergency Situations.
She is the only woman in the Planning, Coordination and Operations General Directorate, and is the head of the Analysis, Planning and Coordination Directorate within the institution.
For 17 years, Nadejda has been working in the field of civil protection and disaster risk management, although her initial degree was in foreign languages and literature.
Once she arrived at the Inspectorate, Nadejda understood that she would be interested in studying the field more thoroughly and thus became one of the three people selected to study at the Civil Protection Academy in Russia for two years.
During her time working in the field of disaster risk management, Nadejda has sought to grow professionally. In 2017, she became the first woman in the Republic of Moldova to lead the Local Emergency Management Authority (LEMA), in a regional full scale field exercise EU MOLDEX 2017 organised by the EU-funded Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Eastern Partnership Countries (PPRD East 2 Programme).
“According to the scenario, there was an earthquake and the intervention of international teams was requested. I was leading teams from several national institutions such as the Carabineer Troops Department, the General Police Inspectorate, the Border Police, the Customs Service, the Ministry of Health, the Emergency calls Centre,” says Nadejda.
She says the collaboration with the PPRD East 2 Programme helped improve her knowledge in the field of disaster risk management, which she now implements in Moldova. “First of all, I got to know the experience of EU Member States in managing emergency situations; I had the chance to be the leader of LEMA, which is the control centre in case of emergencies.”
Nadejda says she has not encountered any difficulties as the only woman in a General Directorate within GIES. “It is important to form a team and then you can work in the Inspectorate and in the field.”
After two degrees and 17 years of experience in the field of disaster risk management, Nadejda says she isn’t stopping here and wouldn’t mind getting another degree in the field, attending international training courses and collaborating with other countries to further enhance her own country’s capacities in managing emergency situations.
Author: Adriana Vlas
Article published in Romanian language by UNIMEDIA (Moldova)