My name is Honore, and I am a Field Engineer at TAHMO here in Rwanda. My main work is to maintain the network of TAHMO weather stations and act as representative of TAHMO here in Rwanda.
We have 16 Automatic Weather stations which are distributed in 4 Provinces. Most stations are in Kigali municipal and in the Northern Province.
I joined TAHMO in 2018. My initial goal then was to restore transmission capacity of Rwandan Stations which had been offline for a while.
The culture at TAHMO has a way of elevating my execution capabilities; it emphasizes on staff making decisions and following up with them. The culture also emphasizes planning and innovation. We also have a great support team among ourselves and the management.
Since March 2020 when COVID-19 hit Rwanda (and the world), I had to change a few things. It was difficult to work from home and hope to maintain high rate of productivity. Now we use techniques like TeamViewer to maintain stations remotely. I also keep close contacts with the hosts of the weather stations who helps us troubleshoot minor issues. .
I was the only TAHMO field engineer when I started. In 2020, I trained 2 volunteer assistant technicians; Jean and Elie. They have been working in northern and southern provinces . I am happy they have quickly adapted to TAHMO culture and are very helpful.