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Personnel Management in Iraq

1 January 2008
Middle East and North Africa

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Personnel Management in Iraq

Hansen argues that in Iraq effective people management in humanitarian agencies is more essential than elsewhere due to the difficult operating environment and unique challenges of remote programming. Operationality in Iraq is highly dependent on skilled and experienced national staff. Operationality is enabled by key staff but is threatened by their sudden loss or incapacitation. Lack of reserve capacity in such key staff represents a serious threat to effective and sustainable humanitarian operations. He addes that strategic hiring for community, tribal or family affiliation ensures that info comes into the organisation from different directions, but also goes out from the organisation through the different personal networks of staff. Staff recruiting should be delegated, where possible, to national staff to ensure that new staff have the needed professional, personal and community profile and the trust of their colleagues and community. Regular face-to-face meetings between remote managers and staff on the ground are essential.


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