HHR Europe 2015 Day 2: Sharing case studies

Today participants shared case studies on innovative HR practices from their own organisations. There were lively discussions on HR challenges, successes and areas for improvement.

The day started with Sayeda Tahya Hossain from BRAC sharing the organisation's new HR model. 

Save the Children and Restless Development reflected on their organisations' responses to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.  

Annie Macklow-Smith, Clinical and WASH Resourcing Manager, and Ann-Marie Daly, Humanitarian HR Officer from Save the Children discussed the challenges of recruiting and deploying international staff to ensure the ebola treatment centres were fully operational.

Kate Muhwezi from Restless Development focused on the social mobilisation aspect of the Ebola response, promoting Ebola safe behaviour in communities. Restless Development rapidly grew its team of local volunteers from 120 to nearly 2,000. 

The afternoon saw participants break into interactive group sessions on the following subjects:

  • Turning around resourcing in country programmes - Veerinder Puri, Head of International People Management, Wateraid (download the presentation)
  • ActionAid’s internationalisation journey - Bijal Shah, Senior HR Business Partner, ActionAid International (download the presentation)
  • Solving mobility issues in a distributed modelKate Morton, Global HR Manager, Greenpeace 
  • Planning in HR is possible Silvina Campanini, Head of HR Management and Development, and Gemma Boada, HR Director, ACF Spain 
  • When bread and butter is innovation - the impact evidence reward practiceCurtis Grund, Senior Consultant, and Tracey King, Reward Practice Consultant, Birches Group
  • Hearing the voice of street children - beneficiary participation in senior management recruitment - Ann Start, Independent Learning and Development Consultant, Start Development 

The day ended with an engaging presentation and group discussions on surge capacity led by Catherine Kenyon, International Project Manager for the Transforming Surge Capacity Project, ActionAid International, and Maduri Moutou, People In Aid, the Start Surge project.

We caught up with some of the speakers to find out their top tips for humanitarian HR practitioners. See the video below.

Date published: Thursday 4 June 2015

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