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Becoming an International Humanitarian Aid Worker

Book Description

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.

    • Features advice drawn from an analysis of humanitarian jobs, a survey of aid workers, and interviews with human resource staff and humanitarian professionals
    • Written in a conversational style with anecdotes, advice and stories from people working in the industry today
    • Features useful tips and exercises in every chapter to help you put your best foot forward
    • Provides links to useful and relevant internet resources through a dedicated web page

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Foreword
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction
    1. Key Terms
    2. How we Collected the Data for This Book
    3. Features of the Book
    4. Structure of the Book
    5. Exercise
    6. Feedback
  8. Part I: Background Information
    1. Chapter 1. International Humanitarian Aid Today
      1. Abstract
      2. 1.1 Background
      3. 1.2 Changes to Humanitarian Work
      4. 1.3 Move Toward Increased Hiring of National Staff
      5. 1.4 Accountability
      6. 1.5 Innovation
      7. 1.6 Professionalization
      8. 1.7 Resources
      9. 1.8 Exercise
    2. Chapter 2. Humanitarian Organizations and Jobs
      1. Abstract
      2. 2.1 Types of Organizations
      3. 2.2 Coordination Structures
      4. 2.3 Donors and Funding Agencies
      5. 2.4 Nontraditional Partners in Humanitarian Action
      6. 2.5 Job Categories
      7. 2.6 Skills and Functions
      8. 2.7 Salary Expectations
      9. 2.8 Conclusion
      10. 2.9 Resources
      11. 2.10 Exercise
    3. Chapter 3. The Reality of Working in Humanitarian Aid
      1. Abstract
      2. 3.1 Motivation
      3. 3.2 The Field Experience
      4. 3.3 Headquarters Jobs
      5. 3.4 Conclusion
      6. 3.5 Resources
      7. 3.6 Exercise
  9. Part II: Preparing to Work in Humanitarian Aid
    1. Part II. Preparing to Work in Humanitarian Aid
    2. Chapter 4. Core Competencies in Humanitarian Action: Soft Skills
      1. Abstract
      2. 4.1 Core Humanitarian Behaviors: Essential Qualities, Traits, and Skills
      3. 4.2 Resources
      4. 4.3 Exercise
    3. Chapter 5. Core Competencies in Humanitarian Action: Hard Skills
      1. Abstract
      2. 5.1 Generalist Skills
      3. 5.2 Niche Skills
      4. 5.3 Knowledge of the Humanitarian Sector
      5. 5.4 Resources
      6. 5.5 Exercise
    4. Chapter 6. Experiences
      1. Abstract
      2. 6.1 Education and Training
      3. 6.2 Work Experience
      4. 6.3 Field Experience
      5. 6.4 Funding Options for Students and Job Seekers
      6. 6.5 Conclusion
      7. 6.6 Resources
      8. 6.7 Exercise
    5. Chapter 7. Networks
      1. Abstract
      2. 7.1 Starting Your Network From Scratch
      3. 7.2 Use Your Preexisting Networks
      4. 7.3 Seize Every Opportunity to Meet Practitioners
      5. 7.4 In-Office Opportunities
      6. 7.5 Key Networking Tips
      7. 7.6 Conclusion
      8. 7.7 Resources
      9. 7.8 Exercise
  10. Part III: Searching for Jobs and What You Need to Know When You Have an Offer
    1. Chapter 8. Job Search
      1. Abstract
      2. 8.1 Step 1: Get into the Right Frame of Mind
      3. 8.2 Step 2: Be Strategic
      4. 8.3 Step 3: Be Systematic
      5. 8.4 Some Strategies for Getting a Humanitarian Job
      6. 8.5 The Application Process
      7. 8.6 Application Materials
      8. 8.7 Staying Positive
      9. 8.8 Resources
      10. 8.9 Exercise
    2. Chapter 9. After the Job Offer
      1. Abstract
      2. 9.1 You Have the Offer, Now What?
      3. 9.2 Security Arrangements
      4. 9.3 Mental Health Support in the Field
      5. 9.4 Sexual Harassment and Assault
      6. 9.5 Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
      7. 9.6 Salary
      8. 9.7 What to Expect Once You Accept the Offer
      9. 9.8 Taking Care of Your Health
      10. 9.9 Food
      11. 9.10 Living Arrangements
      12. 9.11 First Impressions When Arriving in the Field
      13. 9.12 Making Self-Care Central to Your Life
      14. 9.13 Exercise
      15. 9.14 Taking Time Off to Recharge
      16. 9.15 Sleep
      17. 9.16 Work-Related Situations
      18. 9.17 Having Realistic Expectations
      19. 9.18 What to Avoid
      20. 9.19 Maintaining Social Ties
      21. 9.20 Getting Professional Support
      22. 9.21 Socializing
      23. 9.22 Relationships
      24. 9.23 Knowing When to Leave a Job
      25. 9.24 Knowing When to Stop/Step Away From the Profession Itself
      26. 9.25 Conclusion
      27. 9.26 Resources
  11. Glossary