Becoming an International Humanitarian Aid Worker

Becoming an International Humanitarian Aid Worker

By: Tania Bernath (author), Chen Reis (author)Paperback

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Becoming an International Humanitarian Aid Worker draws on the experiences of those currently working and those hiring people to work in humanitarian aid today, and an analysis of job postings over a 9-month period. It provides relevant information and advice to help jobseekers make more informed decisions about what steps to take. It first pushes prospective job seekers to reflect on whether this is the right career path for them. It then provides tried and tested strategies for preparing for a humanitarian career and being competitive in the humanitarian job market, serving as a comprehensive guide for those thinking about a career in international humanitarian aid.

About Author

Chen Reis JD, MPH is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Humanitarian Assistance Program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she teaches courses related to humanitarian assistance and advises students seeking to enter humanitarian professions. She was previously a technical officer at the World Health Organization with appointments in the departments of Gender and Women's Health and Health Action in Crises. Ms. Reis also served as a Senior Research Associate with Physicians for Human Rights (USA) where her work included studies on sexual violence, HIV & AIDS, conflict & health, women's rights and children's rights. Ms. Reis is an expert on sexual violence in humanitarian settings and on humanitarian policy. Tania Bernath has worked in the international humanitarian aid field for over twenty years and holds an MA and a certificate in the Advanced Study of Evaluation. She has worked with and for a wide array of organizations as both staff and a consultant, including UN agencies such as UNOCHA, UNICEF, UNDP; donors such as UKAID and USAID; consulting firms such as Overseas Strategic Consulting and Avenir Analytics; and international organizations including Doctors Without Borders, International Rescue Committee, Medica Mondiale, Lutheran World Service, Save the Children, and the Norwegian Refugee Council. She has worked in both the international humanitarian aid and human rights sector in post conflict and emergency settings. The range of countries she has worked in includes: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Rwanda, Myanmar, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Burundi, Afghanistan, and more.


Part I: Background Information 1. International Humanitarian Aid Today 2. Humanitarian Organizations and Jobs 3. The Reality of Working in Humanitarian Aid Part II: Preparing to Work in Humanitarian Aid 4. Core Competencies in Humanitarian Action: Soft Skills 5. Core Competencies in Humanitarian Action: Hard Skills 6. Experiences 7. Networks Part III: Searching for Jobs and What You Need to Know When You Have an Offer 8. Job Search 9. After the Job Offer

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780128043141
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 142
  • ID: 9780128043141
  • weight: 200
  • ISBN10: 0128043148

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