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Planning a self-assessment in 2018? Here are 14 tips from fellow members!

By Geneviève Cyvoct 15/12/2017
Geneviève Cyvoct is the CHS Alliance's Senior Quality & Accountability Officer.

In June 2017 we organised a webinar to collect learnings and recommendations from our members who have completed their self-assessment process. Here is what we learned from our members Mission East, CARE International, Concern Worldwide and the British Red Cross. Thank you for these very helpful tips!

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How do we perform in our own application of the Core Humanitarian Standard?

By Geneviève Cyvoct 14/12/2017
Geneviève Cyvoct is the CHS Alliance's Senior Quality & Accountability Officer.

With the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) at the heart of our mandate and the motto “practise what you preach” in mind, we went through our own self-assessment against the CHS. In this blog, Geneviève, who spear-headed the process, explores how we went about it, what we found out, and how we could improve our performance.

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Can affected people’s perceptions help us improve programming?

By Grethe Markussen 11/12/2017
Grethe Markussen is humanitarian advisor & CHS Coordinator with Save the Children Denmark. She was the Listen Learn Act Project Coordinator for Save the Children Denmark, one of three Consortia member, during project implementation.

In this blog, Grethe Markussen introduces three videos produced by the Listen Learn Act (LLA) Project to show how perceptional surveys bring NGOs new insight about programme quality and accountability to affected people.

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Do you ever feel like something is holding you back? Resilient organisations start with resilient people.

By Katy Murray 20/11/2017
Katy is a coach, organisational development consultant and facilitator with 20 years experience in the NGO and commercial sectors. Together with Fiona Smith, she has recently founded Catalyst Collective to create and share inspirational resources for change-making women.

Whose voices are being heard in your agency? How can each of us shift from holding back to stepping up? In the run-up to HHR Asia, Katy Murray, the founder of Catalyst Collective, invites participants to take a 'confidence cocktail' mini-course to help them reflect on these issues.

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Seven ways to help curb corruption in the humanitarian sector

By Geneviève Cyvoct 07/11/2017
Geneviève Cyvoct is the CHS Alliance's Senior Quality & Accountability Officer.

There are no specific figures on how much humanitarian aid is lost to corruption, but it definitely undermines humanitarian response. The synthesis report of the Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies (CREATE) initiative underlines that collective action is needed to combat corruption effectively. We identified seven ways in which the CHS supports transparency and, as such, helps curb corruption in the humanitarian sector.

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Our road towards Commitment 8 - rethinking performance management

By Faye Ekong 03/11/2017
Faye Ekong is the Director for Human Resources, Learning & Development at Action Against Hunger USA. She is a SHRM Senior Certified Practitioner committed to learning, professional development and continuous improvement and dedicated to advancing the HR profession in the non-profit sector to play a stronger role in shaping organizational strategy and contributing to organizational success.

In this blog, Faye Ekong, Director for Human Resources, Learning & Development at Action Against Hunger USA, shares her organisation's experience in setting up a new and more efficient way of doing performance management.

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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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