Profession humanitarian advisor

Humanitarian advisors ensure strategies to reduce the impact of humanitarian crises on a national and/or international level. They provide professional advice and support and this in collaboration with different partners.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional


  • Own management skills

    Propose program priorities and strategies and have the ability to organize national and/or international meetings.

  • Provide humanitarian advice

    Seek to establish or improve human welfare by giving advice.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Identify emerging issues in humanitarian area

    Recognize arising problems and trends in a proactive way on a national, regional or international level in order to respond rapidly.

  • Use communication techniques

    Apply techniques of communication which allow interlocutors to better understand each other and communicate accurately in the transmission of messages.

  • Manage humanitarian aid

    Plan and provide assistance and help in order to respond to humanitarian crises.

  • Work in crises areas

    Support people in fragile and conflict affected environments such as in developing countries.

  • Tolerate stress

    Maintain a temperate mental state and effective performance under pressure or adverse circumstances.

  • Embrace multiculturalism

    Adopt an attitude in which you respect individuals' differing cultural traditions and values and understand how this may influence work development in a professional context.

Optional knowledge and skills

train employees observe confidentiality international law continue learning financial management show intercultural awareness maintain relations with local representatives show responsibility evaluate humanitarian programme proposals provide leadership maintain relationships with government agencies work in an international environment show empathy

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