Expanding National Humanitarian Ability
The ENHAnce staff development programs concluded successfully at the end of 2012.
During the year, 189 national staff in 18 countries participated in the programs, through which they strengthened the key skills and behaviours that are essential to working effectively in humanitarian response.
“I have improved my stress management and listening skills through my learning period, often getting support from coaching, buddy group discussion and manager support.”
ENHAnce Participant, Bangladesh
ENHAnce was in all five ECB Consortia:
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The 189 participants came from a wide range of organisations: 28 international NGOs, 33 local NGOs and three governments.
The need for ENHAnce
When a humanitarian emergency strikes, national staff are essential to implement a quick and appropriate response.
Many of these staff will have little or no humanitarian training or experience and so they might not be able to transfer their skills to the emergency context effectively. The ENHAnce program (Expanding National Humanitarian Ability) meets this need.
ENHAnce aimed to:
- Develop core humanitarian skills and leadership competencies of existing staff at national level
- Build a network of humanitarians who can work effectively together to improve overall speed and quality of response for disaster affected people.
Two separate learning programs for national staff took place in 2012:
Management & Leadership Skills Development Program
Background and funding
The ENHAnce programs were funded by primarily by the The Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), with additional funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and from the six member agencies of the ECB Project. International NGOs also paid participant charges to contribute to program costs, whilst there were free places for staff of loval NGOs and governments.
These programs were a replication of the humanitarian staff development programs that were developed and piloted by the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA) between 2010-2012. The Context materials were produced and published as part of this project. The pilot project was funded by UKAid from the Department for International Development.