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Improving the Security of Staff with Diverse Identity Profiles


Par by Emma Jones, Kate Denman and Elizabeth Molloy 14/06/2017
Emma Jones is a researcher and consultant with experience on a range of international development and education projects, Kate Denman is a programme manager at RedR UK and an independent consultant, and Elizabeth Molloy is an education and gender specialist.

The European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) commissioned a research project to understand the security needs of NGO staff with a range of identity profiles including SOGIE, ethnicity and disability. The aim of this blog is to introduce you to the project and to ask for feedback.


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Developing the PSEA Handbook – what we learnt


Par LUCY HEAVEN TAYLOR 28/04/2017
Lucy Heaven Taylor is an accountability and PSEA specialist with 17 experience in the sector. She advises and supports a range of NGO and UN clients such as Oxfam, World Vision and the CHS Alliance at Head Office and field level. Her PSEA experience includes advising on strategy, conducting investigations, and training on prevention and investigations. She leads the CHS Alliance’s Investigating Complaints of SEA training in a range of global locations.

Lucy Heaven Taylor co-author of the PSEA Implementation Quick Reference Handbook shares their experiences on the process of developing the Handbook.


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Building an organisational Learning and Development Framework: ‘We can do it’.


Par Ann Start 08/03/2017
Ann is an L&D consultant working in the NGO and INGO sector. Originally trained as a midwife, her area of particular interest is in encouraging small and medium sized organisations, or partner organisations, to adopt good staff development practices. She has lived and worked internationally since 1988.

Ann from Start Development gives an overview of our guide to designing a Learning and Development Framework, which was drafted in order to support NGOs in strengthening their people management practices and processes.


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Change is more than just carrots and sticks


Par David Loquercio 28/02/2017
Head of Policy, Advocacy & Learning at the CHS Alliance

The CHS Alliance was present at this year's ALNAP conference in Stockholm with a stall. In this blog, David shares his thoughts on the Alliance's presentation, the adaptation of the change framework provided by Chip and Dan Heath in their book “Switch” to the CHS


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Promotion and dissemination of the Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework


Par Uma Narayanan and Gemma Prescott 23/02/2017
Uma Narayanan works with clients to help sharpen their organisational effectiveness in aspects of human resources (HR), organisational development (OD) and accountability, Gemma Prescott is the Alliance’s CHCF Project Manager.

In this blog, the team responsible for the revision of the Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework (CHCF) shares details about the upcoming implementation phase. In the following months, several initiatives will be launched to support and promote the framework.


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Why we need to talk about Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) in humanitarian and development work


Par Emma Jones 17/01/2017
Emma Jones is a PhD Candidate and recipient of an Excellence Scholarship at the University of East London. She is also a researcher and lecturer at University College London and the University of East London. Emma contributed to the RedR and EISF workshop as an independent consultant.

In this blog Emma Jones, PhD Candidate at the University of East London discusses how individual characteristics (e.g. gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious identity or disability) may intersect to create specific vulnerabilities for aid workers.


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Strengthening people management practices in the humanitarian and development sectors


Par Em Lacroix 15/12/2016

Em Lacroix is the Partnership Development Manager for the Cornerstone on Demand Foundation. She has more than 12 years of experience as an HR and capacity building practitioner in the aid sector, and is a strong advocate for good practice in people management in the humanitarian and development sectors.


In this blog Em Lacroix introduces the Human Resource (HR) Package, which provides CHS Alliance members with resources and tools to improve people management in the humanitarian and development sectors.


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Integrating the Core Humanitarian Standard and inclusive programming in Christian Aid's PPA extension


Par Jane Machira 25/10/2016
Jane, a Kenyan national is Programme Development Advisor – Inclusive Programming for the Africa Division in Christian Aid. She has 25 years’ experience in development and humanitarian sector.

In this blog, Jane Machira, Christian Aid, describes the organisation's four inclusion pillars and corresponding CHS commitments, and how integrating the two has transformed the Kenya programme for greater inclusion and accountability.


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Building organisational leadership and culture to create trust during change


Par Alex Swarbrick 06/10/2016

Alex Swarbrick is a consultant, facilitator and coach at Roffey Park, a leadership development institute based in the UK and Singapore. Alex has an international HR background, contributed to the design of the People In Aid Code and was an assessor for the Code Quality Marks. A regular writer on HR, and Programme Director for Roffey Park’s HR qualification, Alex is based in Singapore and leads Roffey Park’s work in the Asia Pacific.


In this blog, HR consultant Alex Swarbrick looks at the importance of an organisation's leadership and culture during times of change. He gives five tips for HR to manage change and create employee trust.


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Findings from the review of the Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework


Par Uma Narayanan 29/09/2016
Uma Narayanan is a Kuala Lumpur based consultant who works with clients to help sharpen their organisational effectiveness in aspects of human resources (HR), organisational development (OD) and accountability.

Uma Narayanan shares findings of our review of the Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework for the Start Network Talent Development project. The review was important because it was all about listening to people who are most impacted by any initiative that involves competencies development – staff and communities.


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Ground Truth's Constituent Voice - providing community feedback against the CHS


Par Nick van Praag, and Diana Szasz, Ground Truth Solutions. 20/09/2016
Nick van Praag is Director, and Diana Szasz is a Senior Consultant at Ground Truth Solutions.

In this post, Nick van Praag and Diana Szasz from Ground Truth Solutions look at how Ground Truth’s Constituent Voice™ methodology can complement the CHS by providing feedback from affected communities on issues related to the CHS. This helps organisations deliver better programmes and projects on the ground, as well as measuring their organisational performance.


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World Humanitarian Day: Putting the human back in humanitarian


Par Judith F. Greenwood 18/08/2016
Judith, an Irish national, joined the CHS Alliance as Executive Director in August 2015. She has over three decades experience in the humanitarian sector.

World Humanitarian Day is a chance for all of us to pause and remember why we do what we do. This year as we reflect on the commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit, we must turn these commitments into actions to advocate for a more humane world.


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How is the Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework being used around the world?


Par Uma Narayanan 22/07/2016
Uma Narayanan is a Kuala Lumpur based consultant who works with clients to help sharpen their organisational effectiveness in aspects of human resources (HR), organisational development (OD) and accountability.

Uma shares case studies on how the competencies framework is being used in different ways around the world as we come to the end of our review of the framework.


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Gender, resilience and mental health in the humanitarian sector


Par Alice Gritti 15/07/2016
Alice Gritti, PhD, is an organisational psychologist with seven years of research experience on aid workers. Passionate about gender equality and intersectionality, she focuses her research on aid workers’ wellbeing, resilience and psychosocial support.

Alice Gritti, PhD, is an organisational psychologist with seven years of research experience on aid workers. In this blog she discusses the role of gender in organisational resilience.


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Full accountability to affected people can’t possibly be bad – or can it?


Par Lotte Ruppert, Andrea Binder 04/07/2016
Andrea has served as a GPPi associate director, co-heading GPPi’s work on humanitarian action and innovation in development. Lotte Ruppert is a research associate with GPPi in Berlin. Her areas of expertise are humanitarian coordination and communication with crisis-affected populations.

Calling for regime change and a participation revolution, humanitarians are once again committing to take accountability to affected populations (AAP) to the next level. But would the full implementation of these demands have unintended side effects? Read this guest blog by GPPi's Andrea Binder and Lotte Ruppert to find out more.


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Does the humanitarian sector have a problem with sexual violence?


Par Lucy Heaven Taylor 17/06/2016
Lucy Heaven Taylor is an accountability and PSEA specialist with 17 years experience in the sector. She advises and supports a range of NGO and UN clients such as Oxfam, World Vision and the CHS Alliance at head office and field level. Her PSEA experience includes advising on strategy, conducting investigations, and training on prevention and investigations. She leads the CHS Alliance’s investigating complaints of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) training in a range of global locations.

Humanitarian response should represent the very best of human nature. However, our behaviour doesn’t always reflect this high ideal. With International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict coming up on 19 June, this blog asks: does the humanitarian sector have a problem with sexual violence?


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How can we debrief aid workers effectively?


Par Emily Tullock 03/06/2016
Emily Tullock is the Communications Officer at the CHS Alliance.

Should our organisations provide debriefing for aid workers either after a critical incident, or on return from an overseas assignment? What does debriefing actually involve and what’s the best way to go about it? I recently joined a workshop in London on debriefing aid workers to find out.


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Working with Local NGOs: Addressing the gaps


Par Nurhaida Rahim 27/05/2016
Nurhaida Rahim has worked in south-east Turkey since 2014, focusing on capacity development and engagement with local Syrian NGOs as well as emergency programming. Prior, she has worked with UNDP in Sudan and Sierra Leona on peacebuilding and early recovery projects. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Australian National University.

In this blog Nurhaida Rahim talks about the importance of working with local organisations and supporting their capacity development.


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