The physical, emotional and psychological toll humanitarians and their families face is undeniable, especially for those working in conflict. Statistically speaking, aid work is becomingincreasingly more dangerous for both international and national staff.
The growing number of crises around the world is stretching the humanitarian system, with needs outstripping resources. In the face of combatting immense challenges like disease, famine, poverty and war, the challenges of the aid worker are often overlooked.
The stress of this line of work is not only true for humanitarians, but also people working in global development outside of areas in crisis. In one study of global development professionals, 40 percent reported a high risk of burnout in their career. The issue of staff care and welfare is gaining more attention — including arecent petition circulating to get it on the agenda at the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit — but knowing where and how to start building your own resiliency is still a daunting task.
Kate Warren is the senior director and editor of careers and recruiting content at Devex. With more than a decade of international development recruitment experience working with international NGOs, consulting firms and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.
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