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1 Inside Careers: International Development and Humanitarian Work August Presented by: Di Rachinger Psychologist & Careers / Industry Consultant

2 What we ll cover today Me & Mandala Definitions Humanitarian & Development sectors Who recruits How to forge your pathway: study/training volunteering as a professional networking travelling

3 The Humanitarian Sector Defn: (Wikipedia) Pertains to the practice of saving lives and alleviating suffering Usually related to emergency response (also called humanitarian response) whether in the case of a natural disaster or a man-made disaster such as war Intended to be short-term in nature and provide for activities in the immediate aftermath of a disaster

4 The Development Sector Defn: (Wikipedia) Relates to the development of greater quality of life for humans Therefore encompasses foreign aid, governance, healthcare, education, poverty reduction, gender equality, disaster preparedness, infrastructure, economics, human rights, environment and issues associated with these Focus can be international OR national Seeks to implement long-term, sustainable solutions to issues

5 Types of Organisations Government Multilateral organisations and agencies Non government organisation (NGOs) Religious based groups Private sector consultancy firms Foundations and policy institutes

6 Professional Sectors Health and Nutrition Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Shelter and Infrastructure Logistics / Supply Chain / Procurement Project Support Finance / Accountancy Communications / Marketing Human Resources Information & Communications Technology

7 Work areas Health HIV/AIDS, nutrition, heath services & education, sanitation Education general & special education, vocational & life-skills training Human rights women s & child rights, counter-trafficking, disabled rights, refugee rights Economic development sustainable livelihoods, fair-trade, microcredit, income generation, eco-tourism Environment natural resource management, enviro education, energy Social welfare counselling services, childcare

8 Skill areas Programs project design & management, monitoring & evaluation Organisational development strategic planning, human resource management, staff training, accountancy & finance, consultancy Fundraising proposal writing, donor relations Communications marketing, events, stakeholder engagement, journalism, photography & film-making, graphic design, advocacy & campaigning Business & IT web, IT development, product development, sales, business planning Legal legal training & research, policy research & writing Procurement and supply chain (A supply chain is a system of people, organisations, activities, information & resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer).

9 Structure of Organisations in the Sector Similar to other organisations (eg an engineering firm), aid and development organisations comprise: Head Office (internal support) where functions such as HR, finance & accounting, ICT, marketing & communications, procurement etc. take place Speciality functions - Out in the field, external interaction where the on the ground work happens

10 Example of an Org. Chart - Oxfam

11 International Aid/Development Worker Work varies according to seniority, organisation and role location *May include some of the following Research - determine needs & possible solutions with available resources Undertake feasibility studies, develop strategic plans to implement projects, draft project proposals, secure project funding Manage and allocate resources in line with functional, scheduling, budget and quality requirements Manage staff and volunteers that constitute a project team Encourage capacity building through developing relationships with partner organisations, other non-governmental agencies (NGOs) and public bodies Evaluate and respond adequately to unsafe situations through development of risk management systems Lobbying and advocacy to present the needs of needy communities to donors, governments and the public * Courtesy of University of Newcastle Careers Service

12 Profile - International Aid/Development Worker Focus on improving the lives of people and communities via enabling developing communities / communities in need to create sustainable and economically viable livelihoods. Many work in the planning, implementation and/or evaluation of long-term development projects in fields such as education, sanitation, health, urban/rural/small business development and agriculture. The projects may be involved in building, upgrading or expanding facilities and infrastructure that support the provision of these services. Disaster relief short term in response to humanitarian or environmental crises, and may call for highly specific skills and experience (e.g. engineering, construction, health or logistics)

13 How can you enter the Sector? Technical expert - level of expertise in a field such as infrastructure, irrigation, water and sanitation, public health, food distribution. These positions are generally attached to specific projects funded by governmental donor agencies including the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, and U.K. s Department for International Development. Thus, even those with strong interest should consider what technical expertise may be needed In country experience may also be required

14 Other useful training Languages, First Aid, IT Building/vehicle maintenance and advanced driving including licence to drive truck/larger vehicle Logistics / procurement courses TAFE e.g. Certificate IV Transport and Distribution (Warehouse and Storage or Stevedoring ) Diploma of Logistics Management Working with children training Writing/communications training Humanitarian training Red R, Red Cross, Reliefweb.org

15 Researcher For those with greater interest in the underlying issues and policies relating to global poverty (i.e. not so much in the field) These positions typically exist within think-tanks, development agencies and non-profit institutions Positions with government (e.g. AusAid Canberra) also involve significant research opportunities

16 What qualities do employers e.g. Red Cross look for in their aid workers???

17 Is a Career in Development for You? Some questions to help you process your decision: Am I passionate about helping people in need? Is a fulfilling job more important to me than making a lot of money? Am I willing to move to other regions of the world for my job? Am I interested in issues dealing with poverty reduction, disease prevention, human rights, gender equality, environmental sustainability, good governance and peace building? * Source World Vision Canada

18 Issues when considering development work When overseas Culture shock Language issues Work culture Mental health concerns Back at home concerns Academic struggles On return Total change of priorities Restlessness World at home has stood still Values wrangles Readapting to social mores here

19 What you can be doing now! Melbourne University Community Development Club Think about enrolling in Master of Development Meet up group Development-Meet-Up/ Oxfam Australia, Caritas Australia volunteer, join an Oxfam group Red Cross volunteer local and international AVID online mag Travel (exchange, volunteer in a remote region)

20 When you do come to apply for a role Importance of the resumé and covering letter They are powerful personal marketing documents Require you to appropriately package and market yourself on paper Vital in terms of SELLING yourself f or the specific job. Must be tailored to the key selection criteria - the key to your application Get yours checked with Careers & Employment

21 Other stuff Internet The power of networking Social networking Facebook groups, Twitter, LinkedIn LinkedIn LinkedIn groups linkedin.com/search-fe/group_search Forums, conferences, interest groups AARTG Facilitating Australian Aid Workers Career interviewing Mentoring Professional Associations

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