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HNPW & GISF | A Person Centred Approach to Security Risk Management: Benefits and challenges

HNPW & GISF | A Person Centred Approach to Security Risk Management: Benefits and challenges table
Date4 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/uUvxnhHshxxxplusLG5Z68PPWpBujq1h1Ky9qf.html


There is a growing discussion within humanitarian security risk management (SRM) about the importance of a ‘person-centred approach (PCA)’. While to some this seems like an unnecessary statement, for many it provides an opportunity to highlight that effective SRM must consider the needs of the individual, as an individual, and not based on a ‘generic aid worker’. Why is this important? 

One of the biggest challenges faced within the humanitarian sector is the turnover of staff. A problem exacerbated when staff do not have their basic needs met, which, from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, includes safety and security. When informed consent ensures that everyone understands what threats they face because of their individual characteristics, the more trust they will have in the organisation to look after them, and the more effective they will be in completing their given tasks. 

This session will look at what a person-centred approach in security risk management looks like in practice. With case studies presented by both NGOs and the UN to demonstrate some of the benefits and challenges faced by both NGOs and UN in implementing this approach. 


  • Bridget Hancock, Senior Field Security Officer UNHCR, As an innovative security risk management expert, Bridget has extensive field experience, having designed and implemented effective security solutions for UN programs and activities globally. Bridget has provided security advice and operational support to UN Senior Management, security personnel and personnel at field, regional and headquarters levels in remote and complex environments particularly throughout Africa, Americas, and the Middle East.
  • Professor Lisa Short, FRSA, Grad. Cert Sc., Bch T&D, Dip. T&A Sys., Adv. Dip. OHS, BA (Economics, Geog., Fin. Mgt.) Dip. Ed. Founder, Areté Business Performance. Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University, London Graduate School & Commonwealth University, SARChI Innovation Research Group [Tshwane University of Technology [South Africa]], African Post Graduate Academy [APGA]
  • 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.

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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