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Becoming an International Humanitarian Aid Worker by Tania Bernath, Chen Reis

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Chapter 4

Core Competencies in Humanitarian Action

Soft Skills

Abstract

The chapter highlights the importance of soft skills and which personal characteristics are most relevant and important to master for working in humanitarian aid. Being self-aware, being able to work with others effectively, having leadership skills, taking initiative, professionalism, a commitment to ethics, listening skills, good communication skills, and cultural sensitivity are some of the most critical skills needed. The chapter highlights that these skills are important when carrying out a job search, to demonstrate to potential employers, and critical for work especially in field situations and throughout a career. The chapter concludes with an exercise that helps the ...

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