Context Professional Development Scheme

In May 2015, RedR UK launched Context, an innovative professional development training programme, in the Middle East and East Africa.

Context - an initiative of the Start Network, led globally by Oxfam GB with the support of UK Aid - is a comprehensive, dynamic staff development programme for humanitarian organisations.
It aims to raise standards and quality in future humanitarian responses by building core skills as well as leadership and management capacity among humanitarian staff.
RedR training © Amy Murrell for RedR UK 
Photo © Amy Murrell for RedR UK
"National humanitarian workers are increasingly at the forefront of humanitarian response," says Martin Fisher, RedR UK’s Jordan Country Director and Middle East Representative. "It's great that Context focuses on building national capacity; in the Middle East this is absolutely essential."
Running until 2017, Context will offer two programmes in the Middle East and East Africa, initially in Jordan and Kenya: Core Skills Development, a six-month programme focused on key humanitarian skills and concepts; and Management and Leadership Skills Development, a nine-month programme focused on management and leadership in emergency situations.
Context is based on the Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework and delivered by experienced, local RedR trainers. Two highly interactive, face-to-face workshops will introduce participants to key humanitarian and leadership concepts and skills.
Selma Scheewe, RedR UK Quality and Learning Manager, said: "Crucially, over the course of the programme, participants continue their vital field roles: on-the-job learning with the professional guidance of a coach is key to the programme. The participant is in the driving seat, develops his or her own learning plan, and literally, puts the training 'in context' during his or her day-to-day work."
Evidence from the 2011 pilot shows that Context’s two programmes provide participants with positive affirmation about their roles in humanitarian work, help them feel better prepared for the future, and better able to see their own role in a wider context. 



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Context LogoContext, led globally by Oxfam GB, is part of the Start Network's Talent Development project. The latter is one of fourteen projects in a portfolio funded by UK Aid (DFID). Visit the Context website to find out more.