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September 2016 Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>,

This month we have a range of new tools and resources to share with you including our new animation on CHS verification. This short video gives an overview of the four options for verification: self-assessment, peer review, independent verification, and certification. Our CHS training handbook is now also available in Spanish and Arabic (as well as English and French). We also have new people management resources such as a HR metrics dashboard toolkit and a case study on ActionAid's people management scorecard. You can now order hard copies of the CHS booklet and other resources from our online library. Have a look here

We have also been busy with events, most recently with our annual PSEA conference which took place in Thailand last week bringing together over 40 participants to explore ways to improve investigations into allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by aid workers. Read more about it here. Our events calendar for the rest of the year is also filling up. If you have not yet done so we encourage you to book your place for our CHS Learning Event in Geneva 4 November, our HHR Africa 2016 conference in Nairobi 22-23 November and our Investigations workshop in Nairobi on 29 November - 2 December. Find out more about all of our upcoming events here

We look forward to engaging with you on these themes and more over the coming months!

The CHS Alliance Team

Latest news

New animation: Learn about CHS verification
Do you want to measure or demonstrate the degree to which your organisation has applied the CHS? Watch our short animation for an overview of the four options for verification: self-assessment, peer review, independent verification, and certification.
Order your copy of the CHS booklet
You can now order print copies of our key resources including the CHS booklet and CHS Guidance Notes & Indicators. Our new online ordering system delivers all over the world. Printed resources are available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

CHS learning event: A disruptive Standard? Rethinking humanitarian response with the CHS
This event on 4 November in Geneva will give CHS Alliance members and others in the sector the opportunity to share experiences, lessons learned and challenges on applying the CHS. Participants can register here. The event follows the CHS Alliance General Assembly on 3 November.

Recommendations for conducting SEA investigations
Our 2016 PSEA conference brought together over 40 participants in Bangkok, Thailand, to explore ways to improve investigations into allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by aid workers. Read a summary of the conference including case studies shared by PSEA experts from the UN and NGOs on our website.

New resources

CHS training handbook now in Arabic & Spanish
The handbook used in our two-day Introduction to the CHS workshop is now available in Arabic and Spanish. The resource is also already available in English and French. The handbook is a great tool for those wishing to give training on the CHS, or learn more about the Standard. Download the handbook in four languages.

Background paper: CHS Alliance 2016 PSEA conference
This background paper highlights some of the challenges of conducting investigations into allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by aid workers, as well as recommendations. It was put together by a meeting of experts in protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) in the lead-up to the 2016 PSEA conference.

Investigations Guidelines in Arabic
Our Guidelines for Investigations resource is now available in Arabic. It provides guidance for humanitarian organisations on receiving and investigating allegations of abuse, exploitation, fraud or corruption by their own staff. The resource is also available in English, French and Spanish.

Case study: ActionAid's people management scorecard
Our latest case study gives an overview of ActionAid International's people management scorecard. The case study highlights the challenges overcome, factors for success, results and lessons learned. Reading the case study is particularly useful for those wishing to design an HR ‘scorecard’.

New toolkit: HR metrics dashboard
Our new toolkit has been developed to support human resources (HR) practitioners in planning and developing an HR metrics dashboard to support programme and operational impact. The toolkit is aimed at supporting NGOs who may have never used this approach before and wish to trial it.

HHR Europe 2016 conference report
This year's Humanitarian Human Resources (HHR) Europe conference, took place in Barcelona, Spain, and explored the theme of organisational resilience. Download the conference report to read summaries of speaker presentations and case studies on the theme as well as group discussions and additional resources.

Upcoming events

Investigations workshop
29 Nov-2 Dec 2016
Nairobi, Kenya
Our new and improved four-day workshop demonstrates how to conduct fair, thorough and confidential investigations into complaints of staff misconduct, with a focus on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of affected populations.

Book now

HHR Africa 2016
22-23 Nov 2016
Nairobi, Kenya
Our 2016 Humanitarian Human Resources (HHR) Africa conference will address the theme of organisational resilience. Participants will hear about challenges and get practical tips from sector leaders. Book during September to take advantage of our early-bird rate of USD$240.

Book now

CHS learning event
4 Nov 2016
Geneva, Switzerland
Sector thought leaders will share case studies on the CHS. Speakers have been confirmed from CAFOD, Christian Aid, Disasters Emergency Committee, Groupe URD, Ground Truth, HQAI, ICRC, Lutheran World Federation, Mavi Kalem, Plan International, Sphere Project and Start Network.

Book now

Latest blogs

World Humanitarian Day: Putting the human back in humanitarian
By Judith F. Greenwood
Our ED Judith writes that World Humanitarian Day is a chance for all of us to pause and remember why we do what we do. This year as we reflect on the commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit, we must turn these commitments into actions to advocate for a more humane world.

Gender, resilience and mental health in the humanitarian sector
By Alice Gritti 
Gender is often overlooked in research on aid workers’ resilience which is surprising given we advocate for a gender-integrated approach to resilient communities. Alice Gritti, an organisational psychologist with seven years of research experience on aid workers, discusses the role of gender in organisational resilience.

How is the Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework used?
By Uma Narayanan
Uma shares case studies on how the competencies framework is being used around the world as we come to the end of our review of the framework for the Start Network. Case studies from CARE International, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Lutheran World Relief, MzN International, RedR and Save the Children Bangladesh.

CHS now available in Swahili 

The latest language version of the CHS is Swahili thanks to Translators Without Borders. The resource will support humanitarian and development actors in East Africa. The CHS is now available in 16 languages with more to come.

Read more

CHS launches in Portuguese 

We would like to thank the team at our member Christian Aid for all their hard work translating and designing the Standard in Portuguese. It will be an invaluable resource for organisations working in Africa and South America.

Read more

 Animation: Intro to the CHS

This great training tool gives an overview of the CHS, its Nine Commitments, and the importance of accountability to affected populations in just four minutes! The animation is now available in English, French and Spanish.

Watch now

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