Becoming an International Humanitarian Aid Worker

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Considering a humanitarian career? Join us for a special Devex webinar with the authors of the recently published book, Becoming an International Humanitarian Aid Worker, Chen Reis and Tania Bernath.

Reis and Bernath, both veteran aid workers, will discuss some of the key findings from their research and experience working in this demanding field. From the realities of the job to soft and hard skills required of this career, the authors will provide tips for breaking into and succeeding in the humanitarian sector whether you are just getting started or a mid- to senior-level professional.

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Tania Bernath
Consultant, TMB Consulting International

Bernath has worked in the international humanitarian aid field for over twenty years and holds an MA and a certificate in the Advanced Study of Evaluation.   She has worked with and for a wide array of organizations as both staff and a consultant including UN agencies such as OHCHR, UNRWA, UNOCHA, UNICEF, UNDP; donors such as UKAID and USAID; consulting firms such as Overseas Strategic Consulting and Avenir Analytics, and international organizations including Doctors Without Borders, International Rescue Committee, Medica Mondiale, Lutheran World Service, Save the Children, and the Norwegian Refugee Council. She has worked in over 30 countries across all continents including in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Rwanda, Myanmar, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Burundi, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and more.

Chen Reis JD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Humanitarian Assistance Program, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver

In her current role, Chen teaches courses related to humanitarian assistance and advises students seeking to enter humanitarian professions. She was previously a technical officer at the World Health Organization with appointments in the departments of Gender and Women’s Health and Health Action in Crises. Ms. Reis also served as a Senior Research Associate with Physicians for Human Rights (USA) where her work included studies on sexual violence, HIV & AIDS, conflict & health, women’s rights and children’s rights. Ms. Reis is an expert on sexual violence in humanitarian settings and on humanitarian policy.

Kate Warren - Moderator
Senior Director & Editor, Devex Recruitment and Careers

Kate Warren is the senior director and editor of careers and recruiting content at Devex. With more than a decade of international development recruitment experience working with NGOs, consulting firms and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in and keep advancing once you do.