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Humanitarian HR Europe 2015: registration open!

The Humanitarian Human Resources (HHR) Europe conference 2015 will be held in Antwerp from 3-5 June 2015. At the 19th annual HHR Europe conference we will explore creative approaches to attract, select and retain talent across our humanitarian operations, including what we can learn from our own HR scale up over the years, whether in response to conflict or natural disasters. Registration is now open so book your place and take advantage of early bird booking discounts!

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Is grit now more important for aid workers than resilience?

Dr. Scott Breslin, humanitarian worker and leader with almost 30 years' experience, argues that a key aptitude necessary for international aid leaders to successfully lead in an expatriate context is summed up in the word grit.

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New case study: learning review of organisational change

This case study is a summary of a recent external learning review undertaken by Jon Hailey, Professor of NGO Management at CASS Business School. Professor Hailey reviewed the transformation of EveryChild from an international NGO to a network of national NGOs, and its journey of change between 2008 and 2014. The issues highlighted include clarity of strategy and vision, transition planning, the perceived distortions of partnerships between North and South, staffing, resource allocation, leadership and commitment. This case study extracts, for People In Aid readers, some of the lessons related to staff which our members may value

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How can an organisation be 'future fit'?

By Jonathan Potter

Is your organisation future fit? I have been to a couple of meetings recently looking at what NGOs need to do in order to prepare for the future. Key lesson: we all know we need to dedicate the time to such thinking but the ongoing workload of immediate priorities too often wins.

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The professionalisation agenda - where next?

In our recently published research report, The State of HR 2014: A Question of Impact, Executive Director Jonathan Potter writes about the professionalisation agenda in our sector, highlights some of the initiatives helping to drive it forward, and raises some of the issues that need to be addressed collectively in order for it to be successful. The following is an edited extract from the article, which can be accessed in full from the State of HR report.

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Management transparency

By Jonathan Potter

LTA. Legitimacy, transparency, accountability. Of these three essential attributes of a civil society organisation, transparency is the one where others' perceptions can be most easily managed. The People In Aid Code encourages transparency in relation to consultation (Principle 4) as well as policy development (Principle 2). The new Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability also focuses organisational attention on it, in Commitments 4 and 9.

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