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HPass is a new initiative focusing on professional development in the humanitarian sector. It is a digital platform where key players can meet: humanitarian workers and volunteers, learning and assessment providers, and employers.

With HPass, any humanitarian, whether they be a volunteer or an experienced field worker, will have the opportunity to have their current experience recognised throughout the sector. HPass is also an opportunity for learning and assessment providers to join a global platform, sign up to the sector-recognised standards and provide digital credentials for both learners completing their courses and people whose competencies are being assessed.

HPass will also be accessible by humanitarian employers, who will be able to search for individuals by their skills and experience. This will increase the speed and efficiency of recruitment during an emergency or to meet ongoing operational needs.

HPass will be a digital “one-stop shop” to:

  • Give humanitarians a space to showcase their experience and skills
  • Be recognised with digital credentials for experiences and skills they already have and skills they are building
  • Get training, assessment and career development opportunities
  • Help HR professionals recruit more efficiently
  • Bring learning and assessment providers into globally recognised humanitarian standards.

HPass is brought to you by a group of humanitarian organisations that are passionate about learning and ensuring that the sector grows and is recognised for its skills and experience.

In all, 400 organisations were initially consulted on the sector-recognised standards and 25 organisations were consulted on competency frameworks.

HPass piloted the service with 34 organisations in 2018 and is now working with a limited number of partners before wider rollout in late 2019.

A steering committee currently manages the initiative, ensuring that sufficient progress is being achieved and facilitating partnerships with leading humanitarian organisations to ensure stakeholder and partner buy-in. The committee will govern HPass until it becomes independent.

Steering Committee

HPass Steering Committee

Find out more:

For Humanitarians and Volunteers For Organisations and Providers

Earn digital badges (credentials)

Build your online profile

Learn more about required skills

Show employers what you can do

Create and issue digital badges

Learn about the HPass standards

Become an “HPass Approved” provider

Find qualified workers and volunteers



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