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HNPW & GISF | Physical and Mental Wellbeing: Why an integrated approach to security risk management is important

HNPW & GISF | Physical and Mental Wellbeing: Why an integrated approach to security risk management is important table
Date3 May 2022
Time3:00 pm 4:30 pm CEST |9:00 am10:30 am EDT
Provider OCHA, GISF
Type Virtual
CostNo cost
Booking URLhttps://vosocc.unocha.org/Reg/wOyDgqPMMk4SOdgQAjnQXptqG82MwMf5.html

Why do so many aid organisations, despite their best intentions, still get it wrong when they strive to ensure physical and mental wellbeing of their staff? In what ways is good security risk management important to the physical and mental wellbeing of staff?

This session delves into the details which can lead to the drastic difference between worst case and best-case outcomes of security risk management. The impacts on staff health, wellbeing and retention, trust relationships between employee and employer, as well as reputational considerations are too important to neglect.

Participants will have the opportunity to join the panel discussion that facilitates a discussing on what elements of physical and mental support we offer our staff during and following an incident or crisis situation. What role do individual and organisational resilience play? And why are we only safe if we are all safe?

The objective of this session is to raise awareness of the direct importance of Security Risk Management for ensuring mental as well as physical well-being across the humanitarian sector. It addresses and identifies cross-cutting issues such as the importance of a person-centred approach for equity and inclusivity in SRM, why it is vital to consider the well-being of local partners, and the impact of our digital world on security risk management and well-being.

External experts will share their knowledge and best practices on what individuals and organisations can do to make a difference.

The session is targeted at individuals who support, are connected to or have been involved in security and health related incidents in aid organisations. You could be from support functions, such as Health, Safety, Security, HR, staff care as well as supervisors, managers, and others.


  • Steve Dennis, Director of SBRT Consulting, works with injured and aggrieved aid workers to gain support for their injury/grievance recovery, and works with aid organizations to improve policy and practice to close gaps in staff support.
  • Philipp Burtzlaff, Global Health, Safety and Security Advisor at CBM. He has over 10 years experience (South Sudan, Yemen, Colombia, Pakistan & HQ based in Germany) providing security related support services  to enable programme delivery in challenging environments. Philipp is passionate about driving forward a disability inclusive security risk management approach.
  • Lisa Reilly MSyl, Executive Director of GISF, has worked with the Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF) as Executive Director since 2011. She has over 16 years’ overseas experience in the development and humanitarian response sector, working in a variety of programme management roles in both Africa and Asia. Lisa exercises overall responsibility for GISF, supporting the collaboration and exchange of information and best practice between members and the wider network of humanitarian security risk specialists, as well as liaising with and acting as a resource for UN agencies, academic institutions, donors, etc. The aim of GISF is to develop best practice for effective security risk management across the humanitarian and aid sector.
  • Dr Liza Jachens, Webster University Geneva,

Steps to register for a session:

  1. Log in (or create an account)on the HNPW homepage;
  2. Select ‘Event Programme‘ on the navigation toolbar, where you can view the full HNPW event programme;
  3. To find any GISF event, you need to find ‘Priority Topics‘ in the filter selection on the left-hand side of the screen;
  4. Under ‘Priority Topics’ please select ‘Humanitarian Security’– this will filter to show you any registered GISF event;
  5. To register your attendance for any event, please select ‘register‘ just to the left-hand of the session title;
  6. You will have the option to register, either face to face or virtually depending on the session; bookmark the event; or cancel your registration;
  7. When you select register, the ‘register’ button will change to ‘registered‘, and you will receive a confirmation email from ‘no-reply@un.org’. 

If you have any questions on registration, please reach out to Megan (gisf-info@gisf.ngo)

To find out more about HNPW please click here.


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