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In the line of duty?

Sunny Amsterdam provides a great backdrop for People In Aid’s humanitarian HR conference and it is an absolute honour to have BBC Radio 4’s foreign correspondent Mike Thomson as a keynote and to have spent a little time in his company. His tenacity, courage and selfless commitment to get the story out is inspiring. Like journalists and their ‘story’, aid workers are often driven by that same desire to reach… Read More »In the line of duty?

‘Humanitarian intuition’?

Reflecting on some work I’ve had the privilege of doing with a major consortium (, namely to establish a core behavioural framework for humanitarian agencies, I’ve been thinking a lot about competencies and how our understanding of competencies is evolving / maturing. Common consensus has moved us beyond Schein’s ‘Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes’ (1989) to an emphasis on the ‘behaviours required for effective performance’ (CIPD 2009). The meltdown in the banking… Read More »‘Humanitarian intuition’?

Ben Emmens