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Becoming an International Humanitarian Aid Worker

Becoming an International Humanitarian Aid Worker
  • Author : Chen Reis,Tania Bernath
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-10-16
  • Total pages :142
  • ISBN : 9780128043851
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Summary : 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

Psychosocial Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers

Psychosocial Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers
  • Author : Fiona Dunkley
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-03-13
  • Total pages :136
  • ISBN : 9781351782043
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Summary : Humanitarian aid workers are trying to make a difference in an increasingly dangerous world. Psychosocial Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers: A Roadmap of Trauma and Critical Incident Care highlights the risks of such work, educates professionals responsible for their duty of care, and brings together current thinking to promote collaborative working to support the carers of our world. From the humanitarian aid worker trying to organise support amongst chaos, to the professional offering a safe place for recovery, all of these individuals are at risk of becoming traumatised. Therefore, it is vital that we recognise the psychological risks on these individuals, and that they recognise how they can support themselves, so they can continue to function in the work that they do. This book can be used as a trauma awareness guide for all staff whose work exposes them – directly or indirectly – to trauma, and therefore becomes a risk to their physical or mental wellbeing. Psychosocial Support for Humanitarian Aid Workers will appeal to all those working in the field of humanitarian aid, counsellors and psychotherapists, emergency first responders, as well as those who are looking to support themselves after surviving trauma.

Chasing Chaos

Chasing Chaos
  • Author : Jessica Alexander
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013
  • Total pages :386
  • ISBN : 9780770436919
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Summary : An experienced humanitarian worker who has helped the refugees in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Darfur and Haiti gives an insider's view of the chaos and danger involved in such a pursuit, as well as the often-wild social lives that some workers lead to deal with the stress. Original.

How to Work in Someone Else's Country

How to Work in Someone Else's Country
  • Author : Ruth Stark
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-02-01
  • Total pages :174
  • ISBN : 9780295804323
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Summary : Working abroad offers adventure, friendship with people of other cultures, intimate familiarity with exciting places, and opportunities to make real differences in communities. It also presents countless challenges, ranging from packing and staying safe and healthy to balancing project objectives with on-the-ground realities, working with local officials, and forging respectful and productive relationships. These challenges and many more are tackled in How to Work in Someone Else's Country. Drawing on thirty years of experience as an international consultant in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific, Ruth Stark provides guidance for anybody preparing to work in a foreign country. This easy-to-read guide is enlivened by real-life examples drawn from the author's journals and stories shared by colleagues. Slim enough to fit in a carry-on, this book is sure to come in handy wherever your work takes you.

Necessary Risks

Necessary Risks
  • Author : Abby Stoddard
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2020-01-02
  • Total pages :175
  • ISBN : 9783030264116
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Summary : Attacks on humanitarian aid operations are both a symptom and a weapon of modern warfare, and as armed groups increasingly target aid workers for violence, relief operations are curtailed in places where civilians are most in need. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the challenges to humanitarian action in warzones, the risk management and negotiation strategies that hold the most promise for aid organizations, and an ethical framework from which to tackle the problem. By combining rigorous research findings with structural historical analysis and first-person accounts of armed attacks on aid workers, the author proposes a reframed ethos of humanitarian professionalism, decoupled from organizational or political interests, and centered on optimizing outcomes for the people it serves.

Aid Worker Voices

Aid Worker Voices
  • Author : Tom Arcaro
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-09-15
  • Total pages :258
  • ISBN : 1530476127
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Summary : In 2014, a sociologist from Elon University and professional humanitarian teamed up to study the aid industry. Through a census-style online survey that was among the first of its kind, over 1,000 aid and development professionals shared their views and opinions on a wide range of topics related to their experiences as the core of the aid industry's workforce. This book is the analysis of those 1,000+ responses. As the title suggests, this represents the voices of humanitarian aid and development workers around the globe - a diverse array of individuals with deep, intense and equally diverse feelings on what it means to be part of today's humanitarian workforce. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the global aid and development industry better. All net proceeds from this book will support the Periclean Scholars at Elon University and the Periclean Foundation.

Aid in Danger

Aid in Danger
  • Author : Larissa Fast
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-04-16
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 9780812246032
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Summary : Humanitarian aid workers increasingly remain present in contexts of violence and are injured, kidnapped, and killed as a result. Since 9/11 and in response to these dangers, aid organizations have fortified themselves to shield their staff and programs from outside threats. In Aid in Danger, Larissa Fast critically examines the causes of violence against aid workers and the consequences of the approaches aid agencies use to protect themselves from attack. Based on more than a decade of research, Aid in Danger explores the assumptions underpinning existing explanations of and responses to violence against aid workers. According to Fast, most explanations of attacks locate the causes externally and maintain an image of aid workers as an exceptional category of civilians. The resulting approaches to security rely on separation and fortification and alienate aid workers from those in need, representing both a symptom and a cause of crisis in the humanitarian system. Missing from most analyses are the internal vulnerabilities, exemplified in the everyday decisions and ordinary human frailties and organizational mistakes that sometimes contribute to the conditions leading to violence. This oversight contributes to the normalization of danger in aid work and undermines the humanitarian ethos. As an alternative, Fast proposes a relational framework that captures both external threats and internal vulnerabilities. By uncovering overlooked causes of violence, Aid in Danger offers a unique perspective on the challenges of providing aid in perilous settings and on the prospects of reforming the system in service of core humanitarian values.

International Responses to Traumatic Stress

International Responses to Traumatic Stress
  • Author : Yael Danieli,Rodley S. Rodley,Lars Weisaeth
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-10-26
  • Total pages :484
  • ISBN : 9781351843515
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Summary : "International Responses to Traumatic Stress" asks pertinent questions as the United Nations observes its 50th Anniversary. It focuses on the effects of traumatic stress which accompany personal and collective disasters. In an overcrowded world, recent catastrophes, natural as well as man-made, have left a wake of tormented people, ranging from political prisoners to humiliated UN peace-keepers.

Working in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Working in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Author : Maia Gedde
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-03-27
  • Total pages :368
  • ISBN : 9781134613274
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Summary : This is an indispensable career guide for everyone wanting to work in or already working in the international development and humanitarian emergencies sector. It provides a general introduction and insight into the sector, for those exploring it as a potential career, and offers students up-to-date advice when choosing a course, whether it’s at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Should they study International Development, or will Public Health, Environmental studies or Media get them closer to where they want to get? This book offers graduates or career changers who are new to the sector an understanding of what skills and experience will make them stand out above the competition and get that job. It enables those already working in the sector to gain a long term view of where they want to go and how they might structure their professional development to gain the skills and competencies necessary to get their career on to an upward trajectory. This book draws heavily on insiders’ advice, case studies and top tips, to provide the reader with various perspectives and insights. How do you become a country director for an international NGO? How can one become a gender mainstreaming expert? What can you do to get in to consultancy? Career trajectories, Career clinics Q&A boxes and the personal planner in the appendix will help you get to where you want to go. It also gives a detailed account of the myriad of careers and specialism available within the sector and methodologically describes the pros and cons of each option. So if you are not sure where you want to go with your career, you will be after you have read this book. Whether it’s Programme Management, becoming an Environmental Advisor, or an Acadmic this book will give you an insight into what the job entails and how you can get in to it. It will be an invaluable guide to all readers, irrespective of their country of origin, who are interested in the sector.

International Social Work

International Social Work
  • Author : David Cox,Manohar S. Pawar
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2006
  • Total pages :415
  • ISBN : 9781412914086
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Summary : International Social Work: Issues, Strategies, and Programs draws together the practice wisdom emerging within the broad scope of international social work practice. Using an integrated perspectives approach, which incorporates global, human rights, ecological, and social development perspectives, authors David Cox and Manohar Pawar prepare readers to actively respond to modern global challenges that are critical to the well-being of people, communities, nations, and ultimately to all of us.

Humanitarian Ethics

Humanitarian Ethics
  • Author : Hugo Slim
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-01-09
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 9780190613327
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Summary : Humanitarians are required to be impartial, independent, professionally competent and focused only on preventing and alleviating human suffering. It can be hard living up to these principles when others do not share them, while persuading political and military authorities and non-state actors to let an agency assist on the ground requires savvy ethical skills. Getting first to a conflict or natural catastrophe is only the beginning, as aid workers are usually and immediately presented with practical and moral questions about what to do next. For example, when does working closely with a warring party or an immoral regime move from practical cooperation to complicity in human rights violations? Should one operate in camps for displaced people and refugees if they are effectively places of internment? Do humanitarian agencies inadvertently encourage ethnic cleansing by always being ready to 'mop-up' the consequences of scorched earth warfare? This book has been written to help humanitarians assess and respond to these and other ethical dilemmas.

Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict

Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict
  • Author : Rain Liivoja,Tim McCormack
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-04-28
  • Total pages :665
  • ISBN : 9781136028809
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Summary : The law of armed conflict is a key element of the global legal order yet it finds itself in a state of flux created by the changing nature of warfare and the influences of other branches of international law. The Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict provides a unique perspective on the field covering all the key aspects of the law as well as identifying developing and often contentious areas of interest. The handbook will feature original pieces by international experts in the field, including academics, staff of relevant NGOs and (former) members of the armed forces. Made up of six parts in order to offer a comprehensive overview of the field, the structure of the handbook is as follows: Part I: Fundamentals Part II: Principle of distinction Part III: Means and methods of warfare Part IV: Special protection regimes Part V: Compliance and enforcement Part VI: Some contemporary issues Throughout the book, attention is paid to non-international conflicts as well as international conflicts with acknowledgement of the differences. The contributors also consider the relationship between the law of armed conflict and human rights law, looking at how the various rules and principles of human rights law interact with specific rules and principles of international humanitarian law in particular circumstances. The Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict provides a fresh take on the contemporary laws of war and is written for advanced level students, academics, researchers, NGOs and policy-makers with an interest in the field.

International Humanitarian Action

International Humanitarian Action
  • Author : Hans-Joachim Heintze,Pierre Thielbörger
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-10-04
  • Total pages :529
  • ISBN : 9783319144542
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Summary : This textbook examines a wide range of humanitarian action issues in five parts, presented by specialists from different academic fields. The respective parts reflect the five core modules of the International NOHA Joint Master’s Programme “International Humanitarian Action”: a) World Politics, b) International Law, c) Public Health, d) Anthropology, and e) Management. The book serves as a common basis for teaching at all NOHA universities and aims at imparting the basic knowledge and skills needed to excel in a complex interdisciplinary and international learning context. It provides in-depth information on key international humanitarian principles and values, professional codes of conduct, and the commitment to their implementation in practice. The book will thus be useful for all students of the NOHA Joint Master’s Programme and participants of any courses with a similar content, but also for academics and practitioners affiliated with entities such as international organisations and NGOs. It may also serve as an introduction to anyone with an interest in understanding the numerous and inter-linked facets of humanitarian action.

The Need to Help

The Need to Help
  • Author : Liisa H. Malkki
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-08-17
  • Total pages :280
  • ISBN : 9780822375364
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Summary : In The Need to Help Liisa H. Malkki shifts the focus of the study of humanitarian intervention from aid recipients to aid workers themselves. The anthropological commitment to understand the motivations and desires of these professionals and how they imagine themselves in the world "out there," led Malkki to spend more than a decade interviewing members of the international Finnish Red Cross, as well as observing Finns who volunteered from their homes through gifts of handwork. The need to help, she shows, can come from a profound neediness—the need for aid workers and volunteers to be part of the lively world and something greater than themselves, and, in the case of the elderly who knit "trauma teddies" and "aid bunnies" for "needy children," the need to fight loneliness and loss of personhood. In seriously examining aspects of humanitarian aid often dismissed as sentimental, or trivial, Malkki complicates notions of what constitutes real political work. She traces how the international is always entangled in the domestic, whether in the shape of the need to leave home or handmade gifts that are an aid to sociality and to the imagination of the world.

International Law and Humanitarian Assistance

International Law and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Author : Hans-Joachim Heintze,Andrej Zwitter
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-01-11
  • Total pages :141
  • ISBN : 3642164552
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Summary : It is becoming increasingly apparent that there are major gaps in International Humanitarian Law and Public International Law in the area of humanitarian assistance. In response international organizations such as the UN and the EU are developing their own legal frameworks for humanitarian assistance and the body of customary law and so-called international disaster response law is growing steadily. This however shows that a coherent body of law is far from being a given. The legal reality of international law pertaining to emergency response is rather broadly spread over various international legal fields and related documents, covering situations of armed conflict and natural disasters. This book is one of the first attempts of linking different legal areas in the growing field of what could be called the international law of humanitarian assistance.

The Idealist's Survival Kit

The Idealist's Survival Kit
  • Author : Alessandra Pigni
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-12-27
  • Total pages :208
  • ISBN : 9781941529355
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Summary : 75 brief self-care reflections to help aid workers, activists, and volunteers renew purpose and achieve fulfillment. Heal from over-exhaustion, prevent burnout, and regain your motivation with these short readings from a psychologist who has spent many years in the field working in conflict and disaster areas. Gathered from Alessandra Pigni’s interaction with humanitarian professionals and backed up by cutting–edge research, these concrete tools offer new perspectives and inspiration to anyone whose work is focused on helping others.

Sharing the Front Line and the Back Hills

Sharing the Front Line and the Back Hills
  • Author : Yael Danieli
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-10-26
  • Total pages :444
  • ISBN : 9781351841801
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Summary : "Sharing the Front Line and the Back Hills" points to a crisis facing international institutions and the media who seek to alleviate and report human suffering throughout the world. The goals of the editor are to tell the story of thousands of individuals dedicated to helping others; and to integrate issues of protection and care into all levels of planning, implementing and evaluating international intervention and action. The book identifies approaches that have proven useful and explores and suggests future directions.

The Practice of Humanitarian Intervention

The Practice of Humanitarian Intervention
  • Author : Kai Koddenbrock
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-08-27
  • Total pages :166
  • ISBN : 9781317481003
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Summary : This book examines the practices in Western and local spheres of humanitarian intervention, and shows how the divide between these spheres helps to perpetuate Western involvement. Using the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a case study – an object of Western intervention since colonial times – this book scrutinizes the contemporary practice of humanitarian intervention from the inside. It seeks to expose how humanitarian aid and peacekeeping works, what obstacles they encounter and how they manage to retain their legitimacy. By examining the relationship between the West and the DR Congo, this volume asks why intervention continues to be so central for the relationship between Western and local spheres. Why is it normal and self-evident? The main answer developed here is that the separation of these two spheres allows intervention to enjoy sufficient degrees of legitimacy to be sustained. Owing to the contradictions that surface when juxtaposing the Western and Congolese spheres, this book highlights how keeping them separate is key to sustaining intervention. Bridging the divide between the liberal peace debate in International Relations and anthropologies of humanitarianism, this volume thus presents an important contribution to taking both the legitimizing proclamations and ‘local’ realities of intervention seriously. The book will be of much interest to students of statebuilding, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, anthropology, research methods and IR in general.

ABC of Conflict and Disaster

ABC of Conflict and Disaster
  • Author : Anthony D. Redmond,Peter F. Mahoney,James M. Ryan,Cara Macnab
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-04-13
  • Total pages :80
  • ISBN : 9781444312874
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Summary : This ABC introduces medicine in areas of conflict or naturaldisaster responding to the growing number of regions affected. Chapters deal with subjects such as earthquakes and landslidesas well as nuclear incidents and biological warfare both nationallyand internationally. It covers both logistical planning and medical aid as well aspost-conflict recovery, offering psychological as well as medicaland public health support. It prepares aid workers for a range of roles in all possiblesituations.

Working in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Working in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Author : Maia Gedde
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-03-27
  • Total pages :368
  • ISBN : 9781134613342
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Summary : This is an indispensable career guide for everyone wanting to work in or already working in the international development and humanitarian emergencies sector. It provides a general introduction and insight into the sector, for those exploring it as a potential career, and offers students up-to-date advice when choosing a course, whether it’s at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Should they study International Development, or will Public Health, Environmental studies or Media get them closer to where they want to get? This book offers graduates or career changers who are new to the sector an understanding of what skills and experience will make them stand out above the competition and get that job. It enables those already working in the sector to gain a long term view of where they want to go and how they might structure their professional development to gain the skills and competencies necessary to get their career on to an upward trajectory. This book draws heavily on insiders’ advice, case studies and top tips, to provide the reader with various perspectives and insights. How do you become a country director for an international NGO? How can one become a gender mainstreaming expert? What can you do to get in to consultancy? Career trajectories, Career clinics Q&A boxes and the personal planner in the appendix will help you get to where you want to go. It also gives a detailed account of the myriad of careers and specialism available within the sector and methodologically describes the pros and cons of each option. So if you are not sure where you want to go with your career, you will be after you have read this book. Whether it’s Programme Management, becoming an Environmental Advisor, or an Acadmic this book will give you an insight into what the job entails and how you can get in to it. It will be an invaluable guide to all readers, irrespective of their country of origin, who are interested in the sector.

Safety and Security for National Humanitarian Workers

Safety and Security for National Humanitarian Workers
  • Author : United Nations,Abby Stoddard,Adele Harmer,Katherine Haver
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011
  • Total pages :26
  • ISBN : 9211320321
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Summary : National aid workers constitute the majority of aid staff in the field - upwards of 90 per cent for most international NGOs - and undertake the bulk of the work in assisting people in need. Although the statistics show that international (expatriate) aid workers have a higher per capita rate as victims of violent attacks, national staffers, because of their higher numbers and greater exposure in frontline field positions, comprise the vast majority of victims every year. Despite overall improvements in aid agencies' security risk management, national aid workers perceive continued inequities in security support compared with their international counterparts. This Report highlights the issue of national staff's specific needs in terms of operational security, expanding on the findings of the recent study "To Stay and Deliver: Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments".