Chapter 5

Core Competencies in Humanitarian Action

Hard Skills


This chapter discusses generalist skills that are sought after by humanitarian organizations and are useful for humanitarian work. The chapter describes the need to have a combination of knowledge of the humanitarian system, specialized or niche skills, and a more general skill set. These generalist skills include language skills, management skills, writing skills, analytical skills, and organizational skills. Relevant niche skills depending on the sector you are working in. The chapter concludes with an exercise aimed at helping the reader identify what skills they need for the job they want.


Generalist skills; skills; niche skills; language skills; management skills ...

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