Global Survey on Humanitarian Professionalisation
In March 2012, ELRHA published a major new report on humanitarian professionalisation which highlights some pressing concerns that deserve the attention of the global humanitarian community.
In 2010 ELRHA conducted the first global survey on professionalisation which informed the humanitarian sector of its uneven provision and fragmented and uncoordinated approaches to developing people and teams. This was later confirmed in 2011 by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID)’s Humanitarian Emergency Response Review which highlighted “the uneven quality of personnel is a major limiting factor in humanitarian response”
and that ““overall the level of professionalism in the humanitarian sector needs to be raised through better investment in skills and training”.
This new report, written by Catherine Russ, ELRHA’s Professionalisation Advisor, presents the findings from a second global survey of the humanitarian workforce, which captured the experiences of more than 900 individuals from around the world. The survey found that although there has been some considerable progress in recent years in providing learning and development opportunities for staff, the lack of identified minimum standards, the dearth of entry and mid-level qualifications, and the fact that only a few master’s programmes with a humanitarian focus are available outside Western countries, leave the humanitarian sector with major gaps in its collective offer.
Catherine Russ stated: “We now have a better understanding of what is lacking to professionally support humanitarian staff. This gives us a strong steer on what next steps can be taken to prepare the work force for the demands of tomorrow.”
ELRHA seeks to use this new report as a platform to encourage and facilitate the global humanitarian community to accelerate action that can meet the professional development needs of humanitarian workers wherever they live or work.