Project information

Humanitarian HR

To improve the quality of organisations and individuals providing assistance to those affected by disaster and conflict through strengthening of human resources and people management capacity.

It is an ongoing big idea, with multiple initiatives with specific timeframes.

Charity information: People In Aid

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  • Need


    Organisations and individuals respond less effectively to disasters and conflict situations when good practice is not followed. Poor practice leads to unskilled or inappropriate people being recruited or deployed, low motivation, stress, burnout and more. Answers to all such issues, and accepted good practice, exist but are not collated or known about by everyone who needs to learn from others' experience. Without such support education, health or other services will not be efficiently delivered


    Knowledge-sharing and good practice is best carried out through a central resource trusted by individuals and organisations working in the humanitarian sector. Our project draws together a worldwide community to share experiences and provides answers to questions which will positively affect policy, practice and process in organisations of all sizes. Assessment of change is also made available.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Promote good practice in humanitarian HR through the provision of materials and services.


    » Run HHR (Humanitarian HR) Online - a worldwide discussion forum bringing practitioners together.
    » Produce practical, grounded output (research, case studies, guidance notes) drawing on global experience.
    » Provide forums for HR professionals and line managers to meet, share and learn face-to-face.

    Success will be shown through the feedback we receive from users that what we have provided has made a difference to their capacity to work with affected communities.

  • Impact


    The awareness and embedding of good practices inside organisations in advance of disasters such as Haiti or the tsunami will make a tremendous difference to organisational cost--efficiency and effectiveness as well as assistance provided. Evaluations of emergency responses will show increased preparedness by organisations.


    The key risk is that disasters are all-consuming and that funding for them comes only afterwards (imagine the fire engine arriving only after you've paid). This militates against financial and time investment in systems. Our approach being sector-wide ensures that everything is available to all.


    Reports will be available summarising discussion topics, offering evaluation and feedback. Interested major donors could become involved in activities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £64,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,000 Online Ongoing support of forums, wiki, calendar
      £12,000 Output 2 pieces of research, other output as requested etc
      £38,000 Meetings Training, 2 conferences

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Participant fees for meetings £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Worldwide and most of it online.


    Ultimately those individuals and communities affected by disasters and conflict. Directly, the charities who respond to such situations and their employees and volunteers. The latter are highly committed and selfless and always in need of support and strong management. The tsunami, Pakistan earthquake and Haiti all show the need for what we will provide.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are set up by charities working in this sector with a mandate to help improve their performance. We can draw on the great experience of Oxfam, Care, Actionaid, Red Cross, Save the Children and many more, and can reach hundreds of charities and thousands of individuals with our output. We have invested heavily in People In Aid Interactive ( to keep overheads down and maximise our reach.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    People In Aid

    People In Aid values the contribution of its staff above all things, and all contribute their experience and enthusiasm to the aims of the project.