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Can HR professionals help boost the localisation of aid response?

By Sam Wakefield 05/10/2017
Sam Wakefield is the CHS Alliance's HR & People Management Thematic Lead

On 21 and 22 September HHR Europe was held in Helsinki, where 72 participants came together from different organisations to discuss the challenges related to the localisation agenda. The theme of this year’s HHR Europe Conference was ‘As local as possible; as international as necessary. The role of HR in enabling the localisation of aid response’.

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Global Learning Forum: 'Meeting everyone made everything fall into place'

By Lauren McWilliams 15/09/2017
Lauren McWilliams is Project & Events Officer with CHS Alliance. She has been managing the coaching component of the Talent Development Programme.

The Global Learning Forum hosted by Oxfam from 4 until 8 September was a unique opportunity for the different actors of the Talent Development Project to share their learnings from the past three years. Lauren McWilliams reflects back on the forum and shares what she took out of it.

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Developing professional certifications for humanitarian practitioners

By Markus Forsberg 04/08/2017
Markus Forsberg manages the Collaboration Center for the Recognition of Skills, Experience, and Learning. He has worked with PHAP since 2012, focusing on member services and platforms. He has professional experience in IT management and development from the private sector and NGOs, as well as with government, EU, and UN actors.

In April this year, the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) launched an exciting new program with the support of CHS Alliance and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.

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The impact of the CHS on US higher education

By Tom Arcaro 28/07/2017
Tom Arcaro is a professor of sociology at Elon University, North Carolina, and founder of Elon's Periclean Scholars program. He has been researching and studying aid and development issues for nearly two decades and most recently published 'Aid Worker Voices' (2016). He is currently working on a second book tentatively titled 'Local Aid Worker Voices.' He is also working on implementing a vetting system for community-based learning (both domestic and international) that will ensure the highest ethical pedagogical practices. You can read his blogs at:

Tom Arcaro, a professor of sociology at Elon University, North Carolina, tells us about his experience in adopting the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) in US higher education.

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Post-Manila reflections: strengthening competency-based people management in the Philippines

By Samantha Wakefield 28/07/2017
Samantha Wakefield is CHS Alliance's HR and People Management Thematic Lead

The extent of the use of competency-based approaches is mixed in the Philippines. Upon her return from Manila, Samantha Wakefield, CHS Alliance's HR and People Management Thematic Lead, reflects on the way ahead to further introduce and strengthen competency-based people management in the humanitarian and development sectors in the Philippines.

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Grand Bargain: participation (r)evolution?

By Ann Vaessen 11/07/2017
Senior Communications Officer at CHS Alliance

One year after the Grand Bargain was endorsed, the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI), with the involvement of the CHS Alliance, released its Independent Grand Bargain Report, taking stock of the progress made to date. In this blog, Ann gives an overview of the report's main findings.

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Improving the Security of Staff with Diverse Identity Profiles

By 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

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’.

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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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How can you improve your organisation’s resilience?

By Lauren McWilliams 06/12/2016
Lauren McWilliams joined CHS Alliance in July 2016 as the Events & Projects Officer and is based in London.

In this blog, Lauren McWilliams, CHS Alliance, provides an overview of the main findings of HHR Africa 2016, which was devoted to organisational resilience.

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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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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