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Careers in Humanitarian Relief: Working in Challenging Contexts

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At PCDN we were planning on launching a group career coaching option to help even more people advance careers of impact.

Then, COVID-19 happened. So here is the deal: We are opening four decades of expertise as well as amazing guest experts from around the globe to help you. Once a week. For free.

Join us via every week on  Zoom for a highly interactive session and come with any questions, your challenges, or favorite tips on building a career of social impact.

When: We will be online at Noon Eastern Standard time every Thursday for the foreseeable future as long as there is interest from our community.

For our Session on Thursday December 10 at noon EST Elisabeth Kvitashvili,  a leading development and humanitarian relief practitioner with a 35+ year career at USAID (see her bio below) will provide actionable tips on how to build a career in the humanitarian sector, with a particular focus on how the field is changing in the 21st century. She will highlight key lessons from her rich experience, and discuss the core skills and abilities that can help professionals and students work in this critical area.  As with all PCDN career chats there will be substantial time for open discussion and questions.

Why is PCDN doing this?  Because we are dedicated to helping changemakers at all stages access the tools, resources and information to advance careers of impact. Plus, PCDN.global was created to help as many people as possible around the globe and we’re even more committed to service this trying period.

How do I sign up? Click on the registration link on our site. Once your registration has been approved, you will receive information on how to participate.

How do I participate? Each week we will be on Zoom  Participants will receive information via email about how to login. You will either need to download Zoom on your computer, tablet/smartphone (we recommend using the app to be able to have a more engaging experience) or you can call in via phone via the numbers provided.

Is there any cost to participating? No, to help as many people as possible it is free.

Can I participate when I want? Yes, all you need to do is register. Then you can join in whenever you have time. These are designed to be dropped in chats.

How can I ensure my questions are addressed? While we will make an effort to address as many questions as possible, we cannot guarantee we will be able to get to everyone. Questions can be posted at anytime in the Social Change Career Helping Line or free to drop us an email at info(at)pcdn.global

Where else can I go for help? PCDN offers a number of ways we help our community for free including

  • We highly recommend joining our free Social Change Career Helping Line. This is the world’s first free, peer and expert sourced space for building careers of impact. Members (to date we have 3900 members from over 140 countries) can get support and share their own insights 24/7.
  • We also produce the Social Change Career Podcast featuring some of the world’s leading changemakers & innovators who share their journeys to building a career of impact. We cover diverse sectors from peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, tech and social change, impact investing, humanitarian relief, startups and more. Each episode includes in-depth actionable advice for changemakers.
  • Subscribe to our newsletters and get the world’s best curated content (including jobs, fellowships, funding, events, news & inspiration) connected to the SDGs and all things impact) in your inbox.
  • Read our Career Series. We have hundreds of posts on building a Career of Impact that you can access for free (and we continue to add more content).
  • Check out our Opportunity Board Find jobs, fellowships, internships, funding, trainings, events and more in nearly every corner of the world.

 

What happens if I need more support in my career journey? We do offer very affordable career coaching that includes customized one-on-one coaching to help you get from passion to hired. We are uniquely qualified as we have over four decades of combined experience in the social sector, have conducted groundbreaking published research on building careers of impact, have built NGOs, social enterprises, worked & consulted at leading academic institutions, NGOs and conducted programming, evaluation and impact work in multiple sectors.  We’ve also hired many people, mentored hundreds of people around the globe, and also had successes and of course some real failures (quitting jobs, working for organizations that run out of funding and more). We have a 20% discount on our career services during the covid-19 epidemic. If you have questions get in touch or setup a free 15 minute exploratory chat.

Will sessions be recorded/viewable later?

We are recording many of the sessions to be viewable later (we will let people know prior to each session if it will be recorded).  If you have a sensitive question that you would like us to raise in the session anonymously drop us an email with your request at info(at)pcdn.global.

What are you doing to help ensure the security/privacy of participants?

To help ensure security we are having people register and provide some basic info prior to the session.  Only those who have registered can participate. If you have a sensitive question that you would like us to raise in the session anonymously drop us an email with your request at info(at)pcdn.global

 

 

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Speakers

Elisabeth Kvitashvili
Accomplished development professional with global humanitarian and crisis response leadership and field operations expertise spanning more than 35 years as a career senior foreign service officer with USAID with field experience in countries such as  Bosnia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Honduras, Sri Lanka, Russia and the Great Lakes and  Horn of Africa. Proven record in building diverse, highly functioning teams that quickly assess field challenges and implement solutions in a manner that is culturally smart, conflict sensitive and sustainable. Created USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.  Oversaw budgets of $800 million and staff of 120 technical specialists. Teaching and course development experience spanning 10 years; taught upwards of 100 graduate students. Adjunct at  Georgetown University where she taught a skills course on Project Design in a Conflict Setting in Fall 2020.

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