News archive: August 2014

What are the implications of the Ebola outbreak? An HR perspective

As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to worsen, many in our sector are coming together to ask for, or to offer, assistance and advice.

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Why World Humanitarian Day matters for HR practitioners too

By Em Lacroix

As part of the World Humanitarian Day celebrations yesterday, I attended a book launch and panel discussion at the ODI in London, followed by the inaugural National Memorial for Humanitarian Workers at Westminster Abbey. This is the first time that World Humanitarian Day has been publicly marked in this way in the UK, and I found it a poignant experience. Many in our humanitarian family have experienced the loss of a friend, family member or colleague due to violent incidents in the course of their work, or know someone who has been affected. So this day was important for me not only from a professional perspective, but also from a very personal one. Here are some of my reflections from the panel session, which I offer as an aid worker and HR professional. I would welcome your comments and own reflections.

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Event: NGO Local Pay and Reward Network Meeting

At Humanitarian HR Europe 2014 we talked about reward from the perspective of global mobility. Earlier this year, we talked about reward from the perspective of fair pay and the idea of 'what is fair'. In September, we'll be hearing the results of the NGO Local Pay salary survey carried out by The Birches Group in partnership with People In Aid and InsideNGO, focusing on the latest salary benchmarking data from 85 countries. What are the latest trends, and what are the implications for reward specialists?

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Read the full story  (12 August 2014)

Ebola outbreak in West Africa: staff care resources

As the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa grows and the number of deaths is increasing, it is critical to keep both communities, and those who are there to help them, safe. What should aid organisations be thinking about to support their staff in affected areas?


Read the full story  (11 August 2014)

Deadline extended: survey to help improve international health care coverage

We have extended the deadline for our survey with Vanbreda International on international health care coverage. Take part, and support free resources for southern-based NGOs. The survey will remain open until Monday 11 August.

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Read the full story  (8 August 2014)

The serious potential of gaming for learning and development

Learning through play is innate in humans and the mechanics that make great games are often the same as those that facilitate deep learning and behavioural change. This one-off experiential workshop, initiated through discussions at one of our regular L&D Network Meetings, will offer L&D practitioners with the opportunity to see and explore how computer games and simulations can enhance training in anything from communication skills to process improvement.

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Read the full story  (5 August 2014)

Rethinking operational leadership: new research from ALNAP challenges perceptions

By Fiona Sinclair

On Wednesday this week, ALNAP launched its latest report at a panel-lead event in London, challenging assumptions around what successful operational leadership looks like. The report 'Between chaos and control: Rethinking operational leadership' was presented by Paul Knox-Clarke, Head of Research and Communications at ALNAP, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Jane Cocking, Humanitarian Director at Oxfam GB, with participants Chris Kaye from WFP and Steve Goudswaard from World Vision

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Read the full story  (1 August 2014)