In his book 'Our Iceberg is Melting', Harvard author John Kotter takes us through a fictional journey of how a colony of Emperor penguins in Antarctica deals with an unexpected, wide-reaching and potentially catastrophic change. As our sector deals with a raft of changes - environmental, demographic, conflict-based - like the penguins and their melting iceberg, we are faced with a complex set of challenges that continue to shift as the landscape transforms around us. At an organisation-level, the impact of these changes puts pressure on the HR function to both support and lead in how we respond.
Read the full story (22 September 2014)
By Em Lacroix
For this month's L&D network meeting - our second one for September in fact! - we travelled up north to Manchester. As acknowledged by Nick Roseveare (CEO of MAG), trust HR and L&D people to make these things happen and walk the talk!
The theme for the meeting was how to meet the challenges of monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of learning interventions in our sector. We were joined by Paula Haddock from INTRAC, who helped facilitating the event, and shared her experience and insights in a practical and interactive day of exchange, discussions and learning.
Read the full story (17 September 2014)
On September 12 the consultation period for the second draft of the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) officially closes. Jacquie Heany, Director of Organisational Development and People at CAFOD, and People In Aid board member, provides her view on why the CHS is important to HR practitioners and why this is an exciting journey for the sector.
Read the full story (5 September 2014)
By Fiona Sinclair
Earlier this week I attended a workshop offered as part of the People In Aid Learning & Development Network. A little different from the usual network meeting, this was a hands-on, experiential workshop which explored how L&D practitioners can use 'serious games' to enhance training in their organisations. The workshop was delivered by Richard Smith and Vicky Rose from Totem Learning.
Read the full story (4 September 2014)
The People In Aid Members' Forum & Annual General Meeting will take place on 7 October in London, UK. Featuring presentations on change, the Core Humanitarian Standard, and the launch of our annual State of HR research report, the event is free for People In Aid members to attend, and costs just £25 for non-members. Don't forget to book your place!
Read the full story (3 September 2014)
Earlier this summer People In Aid asked our members and website visitors to complete a survey about current and planned health insurance coverage for their organisations. The survey was run along with our global partner Vanbreda International, a company of Cigna, and aimed to identify how NGOs address some of the challenges of offering insurance in our sector. What are the most important benefits that are currently offered? Who makes insurance purchasing decisions for staff, and where are they located? What are some of the barriers to offering insurance to different types of staff?
Read the full story (2 September 2014)
As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to worsen, many in our sector are coming together to ask for, or to offer, assistance and advice.
Read the full story (26 August 2014)
By Em Lacroix
As part of the World Humanitarian Day celebrations yesterday, I attended a book launch and panel discussion at the ODI in London, followed by the inaugural National Memorial for Humanitarian Workers at Westminster Abbey. This is the first time that World Humanitarian Day has been publicly marked in this way in the UK, and I found it a poignant experience. Many in our humanitarian family have experienced the loss of a friend, family member or colleague due to violent incidents in the course of their work, or know someone who has been affected. So this day was important for me not only from a professional perspective, but also from a very personal one. Here are some of my reflections from the panel session, which I offer as an aid worker and HR professional. I would welcome your comments and own reflections.
Read the full story (20 August 2014)
At Humanitarian HR Europe 2014 we talked about reward from the perspective of global mobility. Earlier this year, we talked about reward from the perspective of fair pay and the idea of 'what is fair'. In September, we'll be hearing the results of the NGO Local Pay salary survey carried out by The Birches Group in partnership with People In Aid and InsideNGO, focusing on the latest salary benchmarking data from 85 countries. What are the latest trends, and what are the implications for reward specialists?
Read the full story (12 August 2014)
As the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa grows and the number of deaths is increasing, it is critical to keep both communities, and those who are there to help them, safe. What should aid organisations be thinking about to support their staff in affected areas?
Read the full story (11 August 2014)