Impact of the Context Staff Development Project – Participant’s applications of Core Humanitarian Competencies

Project: Talent Development 8th February 2018

The Context programme is a staff development initiative that is part of the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme’s Talent Development project. Context was led by Oxfam and implemented by RedR UK in Kenya, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Jordan. The programme aims to raise standards and quality in humanitarian responses through training humanitarian staff. Context consists of two courses – Core Skills, and Management and Leadership. The programme utilizes the Core Humanitarian Competency Framework (CHCF), which sets out six main competency domains considered essential for humanitarian staff.

The purpose of this research is to contribute to the overall Context programme evaluation, and complements the other monitoring and evaluation data collected. The report demonstrates that the Context training programme is effective in contributing to improving participants’ knowledge and skills across the six competency domains included in the Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework.

Aside from individuals gaining skills and knowledge in the six competency domains, individual participants also benefitted from the programme as their participation to the training led to promotions and increased job responsibilities within their organisations. Additionally, many gained an appreciation and habit for self-study and continued learning, which will benefit them for the rest of their careers.


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