Human resource management

Humanitarianism is defined by the principle of humanity. Human resources may thus be a cornerstone for success in any field, but this is especially true for in humanitarian action given the dynamics of crisis, nature of the work force and the demands of working in a hazardous environment. HRM includes the recruitment and retention of the right people, staff learning and development, support for their wellbeing, instituting policies for staff conduct, and ensuring high-quality leadership and management. Critically, HRM cannot be reduced to an administrative exercise, and effective relief operations must be based upon a strategic and managerial approach/commitment to HRM.
Man talking to lab technician, Kampala, Uganda
Photo: Kate Holt/AusAID

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