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News & Features - January 2013

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Thursday 24th January 2013

Inspirational talk from Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy

TED Talks

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Our World - A View from the International Space Station

Thursday 24th January 2013


Our precious planet - Not to be taken for granted

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Leadership training for NGO Managers and Directors

Monday 21st January 2013

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Do you know the difference between challenging, negotiating and influencing?

Ever thought about how your leadership style looks from the perspective of your staff?

Are you confident leading your team in the development of vision, strategy, or business cases?

As an NGO ourselves, here at RedR we know the kinds of challenge involved in leading teams and programmes in this sector. We believe that every organisation can become more efficient and more effective by improving the skills of its managers and directors. That's why we’ve developed our new 5-day Leadership course.

Drawing on your own experiences both as a manager and as a team member, you will consider the characteristics of a good leader, before thinking about your own leadership style and how it may be perceived by others. You will learn immediately useful tools and techniques to improve your leadership skills, including the 9 steps to successful delegation, the 12 Cs for team-building, models for motivating individuals and teams, as well as vital communication and feedback skills.

You will build on your existing strengths to return to work a more confident and effective leader. Not only that! During the course you will have spent time, with the support of the facilitators, creating your own personal leadership and development plan for continued action and improvement. That means the learning won’t stop when you leave the training room.

Throughout all five days of the course, practical exercises are linked to a humanitarian scenario to enable you to immediately put your new skills and knowledge in to practice. The Leadership models, tools and techniques taught on this course are not specific to humanitarianism, but are widely applicable across the NGO sector and beyond. A humanitarian background is therefore not necessary to participate in this course.

The course is running from 4 to 8 March 2013 in London

For full details about the course and to book a place online, please visit the course webpage.

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So You Think You Want to be a Relief Worker?

Friday 4th January 2013

RedRThinking about a career in the humanitarian sector but don’t know where to start?

The first thing to know is that humanitarian work is not the same as development work. Humanitarian relief work is the immediate response within hours or days of a disaster taking place that aims to save lives and restore human dignity. Development work follows on from humanitarian responses, is longer term and tries to tackle the underlying causes of poverty.

So once, you know it’s humanitarianism you’re interested in, the next thing you’ll need to think about are your own motivations for wanting to do this kind of work, and the type of challenges associated. You may want to do meaningful work, help others, or travel to different countries and cultures. That’s great, but the work and environment can be demanding, dangerous and very different to, and far from, home.

Next, it’s key to know the kind of roles that are available in the sector. You may already have a technical or professional skill that can be transferred to the sector, such as medical, engineering or financial expertise. You may have soft skills that are useful in the sector, such as project or people management. Or you may just be starting out, and need to know the options and what you’re aiming for as you gather skills and experience.

Which leads us nicely on to gaining skills and experience. This is what many people consider the tricky bit – how to get experience, when you don’t have any experience! Our advice is to remember that job descriptions detail the organisation’s dream employee. Gather relevant experience where you can and don’t be afraid to include it on your CV. For example, if you’ve spent a summer volunteering in a school in Tanzania, include it on your CV. Look for volunteer positions in NGO head offices. All these experiences will add up to show your commitment to working in this sector.

Finally, how do you get a job? By visiting sites like NGO jobs, by keeping in touch with contacts you made in your volunteer positions, and through perseverance. Good luck!

To find out more about what the agencies want, the roles that exist in the sector, and how to tailor your CV book a place on our one-day So You Think You Want to be a Relief Worker course. The course is held in London on a Saturday and is running seven times this year.

For more information and to book your place, visit our website.

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UK Aid is Changing Lives

Thursday 3rd January 2013

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