She reflects on the need for training to help professionals from other sectors apply their skills in a humanitarian context.
I am currently working as a Humanitarian Project Manager with Plan International in Myanmar, on a Maternal, Neonate and Child Health and Nutrition Project. I’ve been part of Plan’s emergency response team for the past five months. Previously, I spent four years working with INGOs as a health care provider, treating patients directly.
I heard about RedR’s training from my supervisor. I was eager to develop my knowledge of humanitarian work, because it’s still fairly new to me, and I know I have a lot to learn!
With this in mind, I attended two of RedR’s courses. During the first course, 'Essentials of Humanitarian Practice', I learnt about the different roles of humanitarian agencies, the cluster system, and the different elements that need to be in place if a humanitarian response is to be comprehensive.
During the second course, 'Managing Teams', I learnt about the role of a manager, the skills and attitudes required to manage a team under pressure, and practical techniques for leading a team.
The group exercises on leadership helped me to realise what my own leadership style is. I learnt that you need to adapt your leadership style to each situation, and that a leader needs to have a good overview of all the issues her team is dealing with to avoid neglecting any of them.