Competency-based standardized training for humanitarian providers: making humanitarian assistance a professional discipline.

Kirsten Johnson, Leanne Idzerda, Rachel Baras, Jessica Camburn, Karen Hein, Peter Walker, Frederick M. Burkle

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Abstract

The number of people employed in international humanitarian care is growing at a yearly rate of 6%. The demand for better coordination, accountability, and training has led to a need for standardized humanitarian training programs for providers. Training should be based on comprehensive core competencies that providers must demonstrate in addition to their skill-specific competencies. This report explores the competencies specific to humanitarian training that are practice- and application-oriented, teachable, and measurable. Competency-based, standardized programs will be used to select humanitarian workers deployed in future crises and to guide the professionalization of this discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-372
Number of pages4
JournalDisaster medicine and public health preparedness
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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