Whatever the strategy adopted to recruit and deploy them, there is only a finite number of people with the right skills and experience, who are available and willing to work in emergencies.
In particular there is a chronic and serious shortage of experienced programme managers and co-ordinators.
Strategies to increase the number of available and willing people with the right skills include:
- taking a chance on people new to the sector – insisting on prior emergency experience may mean you never fill a post
- taking good care of those already in the sector – mismanagement is rated as one of the most significant factors in people's decision to leave the sector
- developing team members through coaching, mentoring and training – an important long term investment
- investing in national staff – and considering them as part of the international "pool"
People's willingness to work on your programme will depend on:
- your organisation's reputation as an employer and its standing within the sector
- the salary and other benefits being offered
- the media attention on the emergency
- the living and working conditions of the assignment