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Standards for the Assessment of Humanitarian Competencies

What are the standards for the assessment of humanitarian competencies?

The standards for the assessment of humanitarian competencies aim to improve the quality of assessment linked to humanitarian action and give people confidence in their ability to help communities who are vulnerable to or affected by crises.

The standards provide criteria to measure the quality of assessment of competencies for humanitarian action. You, the assessment provider, can use them as a basis for checking your performance and to guide improvements.

Who are these standards for?

These standards are for organisations, companies, departments and institutes who provide assessment services to anyone involved in humanitarian action in whatever capacity. Assessment services are defined as a process where individuals’ competencies, knowledge, skills and behaviours are evaluated and recognised by an independent assessment provider. You can use the standards to guide external assessment provision, or include them as part of your organisation’s internal human resources and recruitment function.

Overview of standards

  • Standard 1 – Analysis
    Relevant assessment needs are identified
  • Standard 2 – Design
    Assessments are designed and prepared according to identified needs
  • Standard 3 – Delivery
    Assessments are delivered effectively and accurately
  • Standard 4 – Resources
    Resources for assessments are appropriate, sufficient and well managed
  • Standard 5 – Communication
    Communication effectively supports assessments
  • Standard 6 – Administration
    Administration systems effectively support assessments
  • Standard 4 – Evaluation and Accountability
    Evaluation and accountability mechanisms effectively support quality assessments

Each standard has associated key actions.

Learn more

Explore the standards and key actions in DETAIL: Standards for the Assessment of Humanitarian Competencies.

Download the Handbook below.

There is also a Quality Manual, which will tell you how to measure and show evidence of key actions. Learn more in Quality Assurance Mechanism.

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Standards for the Assessment of Humanitarian Competencies - Handbook

Standards for the Assessment of Humanitarian Competencies - Handbook

Handbook for the provision of quality assessment of competencies for humanitarian action. (English only; French and Spanish translations pending.)

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