There are vast opportunities in the humanitarian sectors / social work for persons who want to assist others in need.
Are you aware of the number of unrest in different parts of the world?
Humanitarian assistance saves lives, alleviate suffering and maintains human dignity during and after man-made crises or disasters caused by natural hazards and war.
The humanitarian work is relevant in areas where there are crises, and there is need to support marginalised people, and civilians.
Humanitarian assistance is different from development assistance. Humanitarian assistance is more of a response to conflicts, and sudden outbreaks. For example, few weeks ago there was a flood in Pakistan, in Nigeria and these are urgent situations that require a response. Humanitarians are deplored in these regions to provide assistance.
There are various clusters in the Humanitarian sector
With these little explanations, you can imagine yourself in these clusters as a doctor, a nurse, a nutritionist, a lawyer, a teacher, an architect, e.t.c., as these clusters are broad and cross-cutting.
A lawyer can look at protection. A nutritionist can work in the nutrition project. Architects can look at shelter projects, medical practitioners can think of health. If you are in agriculture, you can look at food security or camp coordination and camp management. A teacher can think of education. Lots of people have the opportunity. If you did not study international humanitarian action, you find a place in the humanitarian space.
In the video below, Deborah highlights what to expect in the humanitarian sectors. in addition, ideas on how to navigate in the field, seeking funding opportunities from various organisations. She also explains the different portfolios and how you can be part of the humanitarian services / social work with different specialisation and course of study.
The different portfolios are as follows:
Who is a Social Work?
A social worker is a trained professional who helps individuals and families to improve their quality of life by ensuring access to basic needs such as food, shelter, and safety. They work with defined case management systems.
For people living in Germany, a social worker is assigned to you, incase you have an issue. Social workers have one-on-one interactions with people in need or families who are in need, and support them on a case-by-case basis. For many countries, there are licences you need to get to be a social worker.
Specialisations in Social work
Community Social worker: Community support
Child and family social worker: assigned to children or specific families who need support.
Mental health social worker: most of them are psychologists that provide specific support to people with mental health issues.
Military social worker
Gerontological social worker: Social workers assigned to the elderly.
School social worker: those assigned to schools, most of them could also be child protection experts.
If you have not worked in the humanitarian sector before, you can volunteer to gain the some skills on the job.
Deborah made it clear that one should never feel superior over the people you are providing intervention for, either as a social worker or humanitarian professional.
I hope you got some ideas in the video above on how to go about looking for jobs, services you can provide or funding from organisations for people looking to participate in the humanitarian sector or social work.