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Learning & Development Network Meeting

Event Date: 12/06/2014 9.30am - 1.30pm, lunch included
Duration: 1 day
Location: London, UK
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 0 GBP for members, 25 GBP for non-members

Our L&D Network meetings offer a great opportunity not only for L&D and HR professionals but also managers who would like to increase their learning and development capabilities. This network event is about sharing and learning from each other. Discussions will be as always member-led and focus on the issues relevant to you and your organisation. Please do feel free to send us suggestions for topics, and we welcome any offers for presentations and ideas for external speakers.

Please contact our HR Services Manager Emmanuelle Lacroix to discuss these points further.



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Humanitarian HR Africa conference 2014: Engaging with change!

Event Date: 11/06/2014 Starting at 9am on Day 1, finishing by 2pm on Day 3
Duration: 3 days
Location: Fairview Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 40000 KES for members, 40000 KES for non-members

General booking for HHR Africa has now closed although late bookings may be possible in certain circumstances. Please contact Maxine Clayton for more information.

 

Every year, the Humanitarian Human Resources (HHR) conferences provide a unique space for HR professionals in the sector to reflect, learn from what others are doing, gain fresh insights, and generate practical solutions.

At this year's Humanitarian HR Africa conference we will return to Nairobi for another three packed days of workshops, case studies, and presentations from expert speakers. The overarching theme of the conference is change, and we will examine different aspects of this and what it means for us as HR professionals throughout the conference.

  • Day 1 will deal with changes in the sector and their impact on organisations. Whether it is due to funding or other external factors, organisations are restructuring or reshaping. As we witness an increase in actors involved in humanitarian response, and a necessary shift towards southern-based leadership, what are the implications for HR, and how can we ensure we have a seat at the table when leadership decisions are made?
  • Day 2 will look at how HR is responding to the increasing demand to demonstrate impact and deliver against metrics. We will further discussions from Humanitarian HR Europe on the same topic, and take a regional view on what this means for our sector.
  • Finally, Day 3 will focus on the role of HR in supporting organisations as they navigate fragile and complex contexts, and the implications of change.

View the draft agenda and contributor line-up. Please note this is subject to change. 

The conference fee includes lunches and refreshments throughout the three days. If you wish to stay at the venue, please contact the Fairview Hotel direct. For any general queries about the conference, please contact Maxine Clayton / maxine@peopleinaid.org or George Njeru / coordinator@iawg-africa.org.

The Humanitarian HR Africa conference is always very popular and places are limited, so book early to secure your place! Deadline for bookings: 28 May 2014

HHR Africa is kindly supported by...

Global Partner:

          

Global Partner:

 

 



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Humanitarian HR Europe conference 2014: Addressing your organisation's needs: Global mobility, consortia working and demonstrating impact

Event Date: 04/06/2014 Starting at 2pm on Day 1, finishing by 1pm on Day 3
Duration: 3 days
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 550 GBP for members, 550 GBP for non-members

General booking for HHR Europe has now closed although late bookings may be possible in certain circumstances. Please contact Carol Curran for more information.

Every year, the Humanitarian Human Resources (HHR) conferences provide a unique space for HR professionals in the sector to reflect, learn from what others are doing, gain fresh insights, and generate practical solutions.

For the 18th annual Humanitarian HR Europe conference we explore what the future holds for humanitarian HR. The conference will focus on three themes: how we can measure and demonstrate the impact of HR; global mobility, which will explore national vs international reward and more; as well as the opportunities and challenges of working in consortia.

We will have expert speakers from inside our sector and beyond, alongside workshops and practical case studies. And, most important of all, we will have HR leaders and future-thinkers from humanitarian organisations, big and small, from all over Europe, the US and beyond.

The conference will be convened and facilitated by Katy Murray, an experienced independent consultant and facilitator.

Contributors

Confirmed contributors include:

  • Julia Goga-Cooke, co-founder of Future of Work Research Consortium
  • Willem van Eekelen, Independent Consultant
  • Jane Harris, Head of Global Mobility, Novartis
  • Ros Tennyson, Partnership Brokers Association
  • Contributions from many sector peers including WaterAid, Oxfam International, WorldVision UK, CAFOD, Save the Children, NRC/NORCAP and others.

More will be announced as we get closer to the event so please check back for updates.

Conference outline

Global mobility: we will explore the implications, opportunities and practical solutions of increased global mobility. During this wide-ranging and rich topic stream we will provide space to debate the issues, and hear from others' initiatives, including mobility practitioners as well as agency and corporate perspectives.

Demonstrating impact: we will share current practices for measuring the impact of humanitarian HR, explore how and what we might learn from other sectors, and contribute to the development of a new framework. This topic stream will share case studies, practical tips and ideas, including contributions from impact measurement specialists and sector peers.

Working in partnerships and consortia: we will explore the drivers and trends associated with increased consortia and partnership working and determine how the HR function could achieve greater impact. This topic stream will share learning from current and recent consortia and varied partnership experiences, as well as developing a practical toolkit and a skills-building workshop.

 

The conference fee includes accommodation on 4 and 5 June and all meals. Extending your stay at the conference venue may be available at your own cost; please enquire from carol@peopleinaid.org. Non-residential places are also available.

The conference is always very popular and places are limited, so book early to secure your place. Deadline for bookings: 6 May 2014

Please note: all conference participants will need a Schengen visa to enter Hungary, if not from an EEA state or a visa-exempt country.

HHR Europe is kindly supported by...

Global Partner:

          

Global Partner:

 

 



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NGO Local Pay Surveys: Building Community, Capacity, and Confidence

Event Date: 08/05/2014 From 9:00 to 17:00
Duration: 1 day
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 0 GBP for members, 0 GBP for non-members

 Do you need to clarify your internal compensation and benefits packages and know how they compare to others in the local labor markets? Is your agency one of the 250 participating in the NGO Local Pay surveys recently completed, in process, or about to be launched in Asia? If not, why not?

Considering the complex issues in the region, there is no better time than now to deepen your understanding of your salary data and use it more effectively to make strategic decisions. Representatives from Birches Group - leaders in NGO pay data in developing markets - will hold a one-day NGO Rewards conference in collaboration with People in Aid and InsideNGO on 8 May 2014 in Bangkok. This will give managers in the humanitarian and development assistance sector with responsibilities for the management of reward insights into the uses of NGO Local Pay surveys, understanding of the labor market intelligence they contain, and access to professional networking and development in order to build their capacity to act as a strategic partner in their organizations.

The aims of the one-day event are to help you:

  • Appreciate the benefits of participating in the salary surveys annually
  • Understand the results of your agency salary surveys
  • Comprehend compensation and benefits trends in the region
  • Learn how to better manage rewards in your organization
  • Building of an NGO Local Pay "survey community" for knowledge-sharing, networking, and professional development
  • Use NGO Local Pay surveys for good management of reward in your organizations
  • Build skills and capacity as a professional manager of reward

The event's agenda will include:

  • An overview of the NGO Local Pay collaboration, the partnership among Birches Group, InsideNGO and People In Aid, and an update on the progress and plans for the NGO Local Pay initiative globally
  • Birches Group: an overview and summary of services and capabilities
  • An extensive "working session" on the uses of the NGO Local Pay survey report
  • A case study, presented by an INGO practitioner from the region, on their organization's use of the NGO Local Pay surveys: nationally, regionally and globally

Participants will walk away from the event familiar with and confident using the NGO Local Pay survey, aware of the key compensation issues in Thailand and the region, and connected to a broader network of HR/reward professionals.

The event is designed to give managers in the humanitarian and development sector, with responsibilities for the management of reward, insights into the uses of NGO Local Pay surveys, understanding of the labour market intelligence they contain, and access to professional networking and development in order to build their capacity to act as a strategic partner in their organisations.

IMPORTANT: The fee for attending this event is 50 USD. This fee must be paid in cash upon arrival at the event.

In addition to the one-day group session on 8 May, Birches Group representatives will be available upon request for individual visits to agencies May 5, 6 and 7 for individual meetings. If you would like to organise a one-to-one meeting with the Birches team members, please contact Curtis Grund

For more information about the NGO Local Pay surveys conducted by Birches Group in the region and globally, please visit http://ngolocalpay.net or email Mr. Curtis Grund at Curtis.grund@birchesgroup.com.


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Staff Care workshop: Managing Kidnap and Ransom Situations

Event Date: 03/04/2014 10.30am - 5.00pm
Duration: 1 day
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 45 EUR for members, 90 EUR for non-members

A staff member has just been abducted, what is the first thing you do?
You have just been abducted, what is the first thing you do?

This Kidnap and Ransom workshop will explore answers to the above, both from the perspective of aid workers as well advice on what HR and management staff should do in the immediate aftermath of an incident and from then on.

Supported by specialist insurance company VanBreda International, this event offers practical examples of security issues and how they have been dealt with effectively by others, as well as touching on issues like family liaison, preparing staff and colleagues and more.

We will hear from colleagues at Greenpeace who have kindly agreed to share their case study and the lessons learnt from the ordeal the “Artic 30 Team” went through in Russia, exploring the challenges and realities behind the management of such a critical incident.

As well as the external management issues, Camilla Carr and Jon James, victims of kidnap themselves, will be offering an illustrated account of their time in captivity, discussing the mental, emotional and physical effects of their incident. Camilla’s sister will also join them to share with us the perspective of the family and give her own account of these trying events and the impact it has had on their families. This will be used to inform family liaison practices and policies.

Their testimony will be followed by an experiential workshop exploring coping strategies. Previous participants at workshops facilitated by Camilla and Jon have complimented their presentation of ‘coping skills’ and the simple way in which their information is presented, ensuring information and advice can be shared with colleagues easily. 

Facilitators:

Jon James and Camilla Carr.

In April 1997 Jon James and Camilla Carr drove to Chechnya to help set up a centre for war- traumatised children in the capital Grozny. Most Western aid workers had pulled out of the region the previous year due to the massacre of six Red Cross workers six months prior to the ceasefire in August 1996.

On July 2nd they were kidnapped at gunpoint from the house they were staying in inspite of having armed security protection. They were held for over 14 months in various locations including an underground concrete room, cellars and a sauna, with no natural light or fresh air and only able to talk in whispers.

They experienced everything from threat of execution, rape and mental torture to moments of compassion and kindness. They survived by creating a dialogue with their captors and using tools such as Tai Chi, Yoga, meditation and humour. Through the nightmare months, living in a pressure cooker of constant fear and continual disappointments when they were told they were going to be released, they grew stronger as a partnership.

The pair were released on 20th September 1998 following the intervention of Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky. He told Camilla and Jon that no ransom was paid, they just used a ‘series of argument and methodology’ although in 2011 Roman Abramovich said he had paid their ransom.

Camilla and Jon tell the story of how they survived in their book ‘The Sky is Always There’. They used the writing of the book as part of their healing process.

Jon - ‘We used softness to overcome hardness’

Camilla - ‘The captors could never touch my essence, my body is only part of who I am. My spirit will always be free.’



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Fairness in INGOs: A Reward Perspective

Event Date: 03/04/2014 8.45am - 4.45pm
Duration: 1 day
Location: London, UK
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 0 GBP for members, 0 GBP for non-members

This consultative workshop will explore fairness in INGOs with a focus on remuneration. Until now, evidence on this issue in the INGO sector has been scarce, leaving HR managers and rewards specialists without any systematic or firm evidence.

This event is held in partnership with the ADDUP project research team who have explored the impact of different salary systems in aid work.

As you may know, following the Rewards Network meeting in October, we launched our online Fair Pay Forum and this workshop will also be a great opportunity to bring the participants of this together at the same table.

Workshop goals:

  • To share the very latest research evidence around best practice in fairness in salary systems at work in the INGO sector
  • To explore together the possibility of beginning to develop a methodology that would be context-sensitive

There will be a keynote address on workplace justice and several presentations, including from the Pacific Islands, where salary differences between international and local remuneration has been a hotly debated issues recently. Birches Group will also be presenting and will take part in the workshop.

Venue: UCL, 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL, London



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Learning & Development Network meeting

Event Date: 13/03/2014 12.30 - 17.00
Duration: 1 day
Location: London, UK
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 0 GBP for members, 25 GBP for non-members

Our L&D Network meetings offer a great opportunity not only for L&D and HR professionals but also managers who would like to increase their learning and development capabilities.

This network event is about sharing and learning from each other. Discussions will be as always member-led and focus on the issues relevant to you and your organisation.
Please do feel free to send us suggestions for topics - and we will welcome any offers for presentations and ideas for external speakers. We are also looking for a free meeting room to host the event. So please contact our HR Services Manager Emmanuelle Lacroix to discuss these points further.

Supported by People In Aid member Oxfam GB



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NGO Local Pay Surveys: Building Community, Capacity, and Confidence

Event Date: 04/03/2014 8.30 - 16.30
Duration: 1 day
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 0 USD for members, 0 USD for non-members

People In Aid is excited to announce a workshop on the NGO Local Pay Surveys in Kampala, Uganda. Held jointly with Birches Group and InsideNGO, the event will take place on 4 March 2014 at Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda and is open to all.

This event offers a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of salary data and details how to use it more effectively to make strategic decisions.

The aims of the one-day event are to help you:

  • Build the NGO Local Pay “survey community” in Uganda for knowledge-sharing, networking, and professional development
  • Deepen subscribers' understanding of how to use NGO Local Pay surveys for good management of reward
  • Build skills and capacity of those responsible for managing pay and benefits locally

Participants will walk away from the event familiar with and confident using the NGO Local Pay survey, aware of the key compensation issues in Uganda and the region, and connected to a broader network of HR/reward professionals.

The event is designed to give managers in the humanitarian and development sector, with responsibilities for the management of reward, insights into the uses of NGO Local Pay surveys, understanding of the labour market intelligence they contain, and access to professional networking and development in order to build their capacity to act as a strategic partner in their organisations.

IMPORTANT: The fee for attending this event is $25 (or 62000UGX). This fee must be paid in cash upon arrival at the event.



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NGO Local Pay Surveys: Building Community, Capacity, and Confidence

Event Date: 27/02/2014 8.00 (registration) - 17.00
Duration: 1 day
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 0 USD for members, 0 USD for non-members

People In Aid is excited to announce a workshop on the NGO Local Pay Surveys in Nairobi, Kenya. Held jointly with Birches Group and InsideNGO, the event will take place on 27 February 2014, Safari Park, Thikia Road, Nairobi, Kenya and is open to all.

This event offers a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of your salary data and use it more effectively to make strategic decisions.

The aims of the one-day event are to help you:

  • Appreciate the benefits of participating in the salary surveys annually
  • Comprehend compensation and benefits trends in the region
  • Learn how to better manage rewards in your organisation

Participants will walk away from the event familiar with and confident using the NGO Local Pay survey, aware of the key compensation issues in Kenya and the region, and connected to a broader network of HR/reward professionals.

The event is designed to give managers in the humanitarian and development assistance sector, with responsibilities for the management of reward insights into the uses of NGO Local Pay surveys, understanding of the labour market intelligence they contain, and access to professional networking and development in order to build their capacity to act as a strategic partner in their organisations.

This is an excellent opportunity for NGO professionals in the sector to learn what others are doing in the sector as well as gaining fresh insights into Reward standards and trends.

The venue is Safari Park, Thika Road, Nairobi. There will be a $50 (or 4000 KSH) fee per participant for the event and participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

IMPORTANT: The fee for attending this event is 50 USD (or 4000KSh). This fee must be paid in cash upon arrival at the event.

Book your place now to avoid disappointment.



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Managing Reward, Staff Care and Wellness in NGOs - Approaches to Consider

Event Date: 11/02/2014 11 February - Afternoon, 12 February - 9.00am - 5.00pm
Duration: 2 days
Location: New York, USA
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 50 USD for members, 50 USD for non-members

Managing Reward, Staff Care and Wellness in NGOs - Approaches to Consider

Managing and caring for staff in the humanitarian and development sector encompasses many things: it includes health and psychosocial care, and extends to economic wellbeing (pay and benefits). The employer’s responsibility may be delegated to different departments, which can result in gaps, inconsistencies and a lack of minimum standards.

People In Aid is excited to announce a joint Reward, Staff Care and Wellness network event in New York, USA, organised in partnership with People In Aid Global Partner, Cigna/Vanbreda International, Birches Group and InsideNGO.

The main event will take place on 12 February 2014 however, there will be an opportunity to meet and network the day before, evening of 11 February 2014.

Also, on 11 February afternoon, Birches Group will hold a formational meeting for an Advisory Group of senior reward leaders who are interested in an ongoing advisory role to the NGO Pay survey initiatives (NGO Local and Global Pay). Interested leaders should contact Curtis Grund directly at Curtis.grund@birchesgroup.com for details; the event will be by invitation.

At the main event we will be talking about minimum standards in the sector, challenges and trends followed by case studies, offering practical examples. There will also be an interactive group session where participants will be encouraged to share and reflect in a topical discussion.

The event speakers include InsideNGO and the Birches Group who will be presenting Global and Local Pay survey findings, covering the entire employee population. This meeting will give you a unique opportunity to discuss the trends and deepen your understanding of your salary data in order to use it more effectively to make strategic decisions.

Cigna/Vanbreda will share its approach to international and local health insurance and life/disability insurance, along with local compliance solutions. We will hear from World Vision International who will be sharing a case study on their approach to minimum standards of care on a global level.

Lynne Cripe will also join as a speaker. She is the Director of Resilience Services at The KonTerra Group and currently serves as the Director of the USAID Staff Care Center in Washington, DC.
This event offers a unique opportunity for NGO professionals to learn what others are doing in the sector. Throughout the day there will be many opportunities to network and socialise.

Price: 50 USD, which will include the reception on the 11 February, lunch and refreshments on 12 February.



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Core Humanitarian Standard Focus Group

Event Date: 05/02/2014 9am - 1pm
Duration: 1 day
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 0 KES for members, 0 KES for non-members

Having shared the first draft of the Core Humanitarian Standard (take the survey) the purpose of this focus group is to gather suggested improvements for the terminology, language, content and structure of the Core Humanitarian Standard from your own organisation’s management and staff, communities and people affected by disasters. and other humanitarian actors.

Representatives from People in Aid and HAP International will be at the event to facilitate break-out groups on key areas of feedback.

Group objectives:

  1. To examine the clarity and relevance of the proposed benchmarks of the HAP Standard;
  2. To examine the clarity, relevance, feasibility, affordability, and measurability of the proposed requirements and their associated means of verification.
  3. To confirm that the CHS supports both organisations and their employees/volunteers in focussing on good practice in humanitarian action.

More information about the Core Humanitarian Standard
 



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NGO Global Pay results and Reward Network meeting

Event Date: 11/12/2013 10:00 or 12:00 to 15:30 UK time
Duration: 1 day
Location: London, UK
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 0 GBP for members, 25 GBP for non-members

The first part of this meeting from 10 am, will be dedicated to NGO Global Pay survey 2013, with our partner - The Birches Group, a companion survey to NGO Local Pay tailored to the needs of the international development community, this survey covers international and headquarter roles. We will share the results from the NGO Global Pay survey 2013 - this meeting will give you a unique opportunity to discuss the results, trends and deepen your understanding of your salary data in order to use it more effectively to make strategic decisions.

If your organisation is not involved in NGO Global Pay, we will welcome you to the second part of the meeting (from 12:00) we will be discussing "Local vs. International - building comparative pay structures" and also about "Attracting returning diaspora". 
 

The meeting will take place simultaneously with an event in New York and will feature a joint slot with the two communities.

 
Please note that non-members can attend for a small contributory fee.


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Learning & Development Network meeting

Event Date: 05/12/2013 12.30 - 17.00
Duration: 1 day
Location: London, UK
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 0 GBP for members, 25 GBP for non-members

Our L&D Network meetings offer a great opportunity not only for L&D and HR professionals but also managers who would like to increase their learning and development capabilities.

This network event is about sharing and learning from each other. Discussions will be member-led and focus on the issues relevant to you and your organisation.
Please do feel free to send us suggestions for topics and we will welcome any offers for presentations and ideas for external speakers. We are also looking for a free meeting room to host the event. So please contact our HR Services Manager Em Lacroix to discuss these points further.



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People In Aid Annual General Meeting and Members' Forum

Event Date: 19/11/2013 9.00 - 17.00
Duration: 1 day
Location: Holloway, London, UK
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 0 GBP for members, 25 GBP for non-members

Staff Matters: The Search for Innovation

How does staff care differ from the corporate sector, to NGOs through to government?

Our Members’ Forum this year brings together huge names in each of these sectors to discuss challenges and innovative solutions of issues including resilience, recruitment, wellness and more.

  • Oli Husemeyer, International Benefits Project Manager for Google will discuss their Optimize Your Life initiative as well as other staff wellness issues
  • Christian Aid staff will be there discussing their recent paper on resilience and staff care in the sector
  • Ashley Patterson, HR Business Partner for DfID will discuss HR Strategy for Fragile States, and what that means for the development sector

The day is open to all from the afternoon (13.30) onwards (encompassing all of the presentations above) and to People In Aid members all day, to include our Annual General Meeting and a session on the Core Humanitarian Standard.

Annual General Meeting for People In Aid members

Our Annual General Meeting will also be taking place during the day. You will hear from Jonathan Potter, Executive Director, Willem van Eekelen, People In Aid Chairman and John Beverley, People In Aid Treasurer about the performance of the organisation and can have your say about plans for the future following the conclusion of the Joint Standards’ Initiative and the current work on standards with HAP and the Sphere Project.

Hotels

The following hotels are within easy travelling of People In Aid’s Offices and the Resource for London Meeting Facilities:

Best Western Hotel, Highbury
Comfort Inn, King’s Cross
Euro Hotel, Bloomsbury
Jury’s Inn, Islington:
Premier Inn, King’s Cross
Premier Inn, Islington:
Queen’s Hotel, Finsbury Park
Ridgemount Hotel, Bloomsbury
Travelodge, King’s Cross
 

Please note that inclusion in this list is not a recommendation from People In Aid. We suggest that you find out more about the hotels by reading reviews on websites such as Trip Advisor
 



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People In Aid Staff Care workshop: Debriefing Staff

Event Date: 25/09/2013 9.00am - 5pm
Duration: 1 day
Location: Holloway, London, UK
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 85 GBP for members, 170 GBP for non-members

Part two of the People In Aid Staff Care double-workshop, this event is one of People In Aid's longest running and most popular workshops, given the paramount importance of it's subject matter.

The Debriefing Staff workshop is an opportunity for participants to learn how to offer effective debriefing and support those returning from relief, development or missionary assignments, whether short- or long-term. Following the Kidnap and Ransom workshop, the event will use examples from the previous day to touch on how those returning from difficult incidents should be debriefed effectively. Aimed at HR practitioners, line managers and other potential debriefers, this interactive workshop is facilitated by Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Debbie Lovell-Hawker.

Workshop highlights:

  • Practical steps on how to carry out a personal debriefing
  • The opportunity for discussions and questions
  • Role-play debriefing followed by feedback
  • A copy of the up-to-date comprehensive Handbook on Debriefing Staff, developed and updated over the last 10 years

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Have developed skills in debriefing staff who have returned home from assignments
  • Be able to differentiate between different types of debriefing
  • Know the steps of critical incident debriefing and routine personal debriefing, for individuals and groups
  • Be aware of the effectiveness of debriefing, and of what to avoid to ensure that it does not have a negative effect
  • Be able to recognise signs of stress and trauma and know when, how and where to refer personnel for further help
  • Have increased their knowledge of stress management strategies and of how to help people identify the strategies which work for them
  • Be aware of cross-cultural issues which should be considered in relation to debriefing
  • Know how to take care of themselves and deal with their own stress.

Facilitator:

Dr Debbie Lovell-Hawker is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working with InterHealth, specialised in working with aid and mission agencies. Prior to this, she worked for the Oxford University Psychiatry Department for nine years. She has also acted as a consultant for several INGOs and faith-based organisations. This work has taken her to many parts of Asia, Africa, Central and South America and Eastern Europe, including recent work in Egypt, Jordan, Burundi, DR Congo, Darfur, Nicaragua, Nepal, Pakistan and South Africa, and with evacuees from Lebanon. 

Part two of the People In Aid Staff Care double-workshop, this workshop can be book separately at the above price or click here to attend both this workshop and the previous day’s Kidnap and Ransom workshop for a discounted price.



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People In Aid Staff Care workshop: Managing Kidnap and Ransom Situations

Event Date: 24/09/2013 11.00am - 5.00pm
Duration: 1 day
Location: Holloway, London, UK
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 35 GBP for members, 70 GBP for non-members

A staff member has just been abducted, what is the first thing you do?
You have just been abducted, what is the first thing you do?

Part one of the People In Aid Staff Care double-workshop, this Kidnap and Ransom workshop will explore answers to the above, both from the perspective of aid workers as well advice on what HR and management staff should do in the immediate aftermath of an incident and from then on.

Supported by specialist insurance company VanBreda International and leading security experts Drum Cussac, this event offers practical examples of security issues and how they have been dealt with effectively by others, as well as touching on issues like family liaison, preparing staff and colleagues and more.

As well as the external management issues, Camilla Carr and Jon James, victims of kidnap themselves, will be offering an illustrated account of their time in captivity, discussing the mental, emotional and physical effects of their incident. Followed by an experiential workshop exploring coping strategies. Previous participants at workshops facilitated by Camilla and Jon have complimented their presentation of ‘coping skills’ and the simple way in which their information is presented, ensuring information and advice can be shared with colleagues easily.

Facilitators:

Jon James and Camilla Carr.

In April 1997 Jon James and Camilla Carr drove to Chechnya to help set up a centre for war- traumatised children in the capital Grozny. Most Western aid workers had pulled out of the region the previous year due to the massacre of six Red Cross workers six months prior to the ceasefire in August 1996.

On July 2nd they were kidnapped at gunpoint from the house they were staying in inspite of having armed security protection. They were held for over 14 months in various locations including an underground concrete room, cellars and a sauna, with no natural light or fresh air and only able to talk in whispers.

They experienced everything from threat of execution, rape and mental torture to moments of compassion and kindness. They survived by creating a dialogue with their captors and using tools such as Tai Chi, Yoga, meditation and humour. Through the nightmare months, living in a pressure cooker of constant fear and continual disappointments when they were told they were going to be released, they grew stronger as a partnership.

The pair were released on 20th September 1998 following the intervention of Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky. He told Camilla and Jon that no ransom was paid, they just used a ‘series of argument and methodology’ although in 2011 Roman Abramovich said he had paid their ransom.

Camilla and Jon tell the story of how they survived in their book ‘The Sky is Always There’. They used the writing of the book as part of their healing process.

Jon - ‘We used softness to overcome hardness’

Camilla - ‘The captors could never touch my essence, my body is only part of who I am. My spirit will always be free.’
 

Part one of the People In Aid Staff Care double-workshop, this workshop can be book separately at the above price or click here to attend both this workshop and the following day’s Debriefing Staff Workshop for a discounted price.



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A Staff Care double event offer: Kidnap & Ransom and Debriefing Staff workshops

Event Date: 24/09/2013 Tuesday 11.00am - 5.00pm and Wednesday 9.00 am - 5.00pm
Duration: 2 days
Location: Holloway, London, UK
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 100 GBP for members, 200 GBP for non-members

This package pulls together a new People In Aid workshop: exploring the topics of kidnap and ransom from both the perspective of HR and management staff and those directly involved in the incident, as well as our popular Debriefing Staff worksop, offering an opportunity to learn how to effectively debrief those returning from relief, development or missionary assignments, both short or long-term.

Day One: Kidnap & Ransom workshop

A staff member has just been abducted, what is the first thing you do?
You have just been abducted, what is the first thing you do?

Part one of the People In Aid Staff Care double-workshop, this Kidnap and Ransom workshop will explore answers to the above, both from the perspective of aid workers as well advice on what HR and management staff should do in the immediate aftermath of an incident and from then on.

Supported by specialist insurance company VanBreda International and leading security experts Drum Cussac, this event offers practical examples of security issues and how they have been dealt with effectively by others, as well as touching on issues like family liaison, preparing staff and colleagues and more.

As well as the external management issues, Camilla Carr and Jon James, victims of kidnap themselves, will be offering an illustrated account of their time in captivity, discussing the mental, emotional and physical effects of their incident. Followed by an experiential workshop exploring coping strategies. Previous participants at workshops facilitated by Camilla and Jon have complimented their presentation of ‘coping skills’ and the simple way in which their information is presented, ensuring information and advice can be shared with colleagues easily.

Facilitators:

Jon James and Camilla Carr.

In April 1997 Jon James and Camilla Carr drove to Chechnya to help set up a centre for war- traumatised children in the capital Grozny. Most Western aid workers had pulled out of the region the previous year due to the massacre of six Red Cross workers six months prior to the ceasefire in August 1996.

On July 2nd they were kidnapped at gunpoint from the house they were staying in inspite of having armed security protection. They were held for over 14 months in various locations including an underground concrete room, cellars and a sauna, with no natural light or fresh air and only able to talk in whispers.

They experienced everything from threat of execution, rape and mental torture to moments of compassion and kindness. They survived by creating a dialogue with their captors and using tools such as Tai Chi, Yoga, meditation and humour. Through the nightmare months, living in a pressure cooker of constant fear and continual disappointments when they were told they were going to be released, they grew stronger as a partnership.

The pair were released on 20th September 1998 following the intervention of Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky. He told Camilla and Jon that no ransom was paid, they just used a ‘series of argument and methodology’ although in 2011 Roman Abramovich said he had paid their ransom.

Camilla and Jon tell the story of how they survived in their book ‘The Sky is Always There’. They used the writing of the book as part of their healing process.

Jon - ‘We used softness to overcome hardness’

Camilla - ‘The captors could never touch my essence, my body is only part of who I am. My spirit will always be free.’

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Day Two: Debriefing Staff workshop

Part two of the People In Aid Staff Care double-workshop, this event is one of People In Aid's longest running and most popular workshops, given the paramount importance of it's subject matter.

The Debriefing Staff workshop is an opportunity for participants to learn how to offer effective debriefing and support those returning from relief, development or missionary assignments, whether short- or long-term. Following the Kidnap and Ransom workshop, the event will use examples from the previous day to touch on how those returning from difficult incidents should be debriefed effectively. Aimed at HR practitioners, line managers and other potential debriefers, this interactive workshop is facilitated by Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Debbie Lovell-Hawker.

Workshop highlights:

  • Practical steps on how to carry out a personal debriefing
  • The opportunity for discussions and questions
  • Role-play debriefing followed by feedback
  • A copy of the up-to-date comprehensive Handbook on Debriefing Staff, developed and updated over the last 10 years

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Have developed skills in debriefing staff who have returned home from assignments
  • Be able to differentiate between different types of debriefing
  • Know the steps of critical incident debriefing and routine personal debriefing, for individuals and groups
  • Be aware of the effectiveness of debriefing, and of what to avoid to ensure that it does not have a negative effect
  • Be able to recognise signs of stress and trauma and know when, how and where to refer personnel for further help
  • Have increased their knowledge of stress management strategies and of how to help people identify the strategies which work for them
  • Be aware of cross-cultural issues which should be considered in relation to debriefing
  • Know how to take care of themselves and deal with their own stress.

Facilitator:

Dr Debbie Lovell-Hawker is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working with InterHealth, specialised in working with aid and mission agencies. Prior to this, she worked for the Oxford University Psychiatry Department for nine years. She has also acted as a consultant for several INGOs and faith-based organisations. This work has taken her to many parts of Asia, Africa, Central and South America and Eastern Europe, including recent work in Egypt, Jordan, Burundi, DR Congo, Darfur, Nicaragua, Nepal, Pakistan and South Africa, and with evacuees from Lebanon. 

Part two of the People In Aid Staff Care double-workshop, this workshop can be book separately at the above price or click here to attend both this workshop and the previous day’s Kidnap and Ransom workshop for a discounted price.

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Learning and Development Network meeting

Event Date: 12/09/2013 12.30 - 17.00
Duration: 1 day
Location: London, UK
Booking Deadline: -
Price: 0 GBP for members, 25 GBP for non-members

On the agenda for this meeting: Talent Development and the Academies models being developed in the sector. 

Please email HR Services Manager, Em Lacroix for any query or suggestion.



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