Blog: Stress and staff welfare: the psychological risks aid workers can’t afford to ignore
In the third part of our 10th anniversary blog series, we explore how psychological well-being is a crucial yet under-discussed issue affecting a huge proportion of aid workers.
Blog: Supporting Local Partners
In the first of a series of blogs to celebrate our 10th anniversary, the ILS Risk Advisory Team explore the case for strategic investment in risk management training to support local partners and country offices. This blog highlights the critical role this type of training plays in the delivery of effective and sustainable programmes, and the fulfilment duty of care obligations, through the development of Security Focal Points and other staff with risk management responsibilities in the field.
Online Travel Safety & Security Training agenda & course details
A multimedia course in 5 sessions promoting a culture of safety among your travelling staff.
Travel Risk Support Services
Here at ILS we are excited to launch a brand new range of Travel Risk Support Services!
So many organisations that work overseas acknowledge the need, but do not have the capacity or expertise to professionally manage the safety of their travellers when they are away from home.
Using our online booking tool, your travellers can request bespoke travel risk support by filling in their trip details online. They will receive a fully tailored service, focussed on their personal profile and destination details, to enable them to conduct travel as safely as possible.
Download the PDF below for a more detailed look at the services.
What would you do?: 3. Checkpoint
In the next part of our series of scenario-based aide-memoires from our Risk Advisory and Training team, we look at what to do if you encounter a checkpoint that takes place while working in the field.
What would you do?: 2. Street Protest.
In the next part of our series of scenario-based aide-memoires from our Risk Advisory and Training team, we look at what to do if you encounter a street protest that takes place while working in the field.
What would you do?: 1. Road Traffic Accident in the field.
In the first in a new series of scenario-based aide-memoires from our Risk Advisory and Training team, we look at what to do if involved in a Road Traffic Accident that takes place while working in the field.
FREE RESOURCE: Cyclone Idai Response Toolkit
As humanitarian organisations prepare to respond to the current Cyclone Idai crisis, ILS have put together a short, context specific toolkit to support preparation and deployment of staff to an active disaster zone.
FREE RESOURCE: Higher Education and the Travel Risk Paradox
Based on our work within the higher education sector, we recognise the challenges facing universities today. We have developed '10 Easy Wins' for our HEI clients to build a pragmatic and supportive travel safety culture.
FREE RESOURCE: Key Principles of Crisis Management
On Monday the 11th of June, at the end of the first day of a SAFA training programme, a fire broke out at the hotel and conference centre that we have been working in since 2015.
Having so recently been faced with our own crisis at ILS, our Risk Advisory team has put together a thought piece focussed on the fundamentals of managing crises.
FREE RESOURCE: 12 steps to a Stronger Security Culture
Our Risk Advisory Team are retained by a number of NGOs and Universities, to support in the delivery of a robust approach to risk management.
We see it as a critical element in the management of safety and security, turning Paper into Practise. But we understand its not straightforward, especially if you've not had to do it before!
So, we have developed a free guide. '12 steps to Building an Organisational Culture that is conscious about Safety & Security'
SAFA USA Flyer
We are extremely excited to announce that we are now taking bookings for our SAFA (HEAT) programme in the USA (near DC) from this Summer!
The programme will be led by Michael O’Neill, former Director of Global Safety and Security with Save the Children International, and as ever will be delivered
'by humanitarians, for humanitarians'.
Made to Care - Commentary on the Dennis vs. NRC verdict
In November 2015 NRC were found to be Grossly Negligent in the case brought against them by Steve Dennis following his kidnapping in Dadaab, Kenya. The case is sure to have repurcussions for the aid indutsry, and in this blog post we offer ILS' commentary on the findings.
World Humanitarian Summit Commitments
The first ever World Humanitarian Summit is taking place in Turkey, 24-25th May 2016. ILS has been very actively involved in preparations for WHS, trying to get aid worker safety, security and wellbeing to feature more prominently on the agenda. In recognition of the need to create a strong voice around these issues we approached EISF to support our efforts. As a result we have galvanised support from humanitarian security risk management stakeholders globally to develop 2 commitments which we hope to present at a Leaders RoundTable.
UK Threat Level for International Terrorism
In the wake of the Terrorist attack in Manchester, the UK government has increased the Threat Level for International Terrorism to it highest level. The attached document offers some guidance for organisations with staff and premises in the UK on actions to take and measures to implement in response to the change.
Is your organisation ready to deal with the reality of a member of the team being taken hostage? We have developed this free one page checklist of actions to take so that your organisation is prepared to respond should the worst happen.
Travelling with Medication
Do you know if the medicines you need are legal in the country you are travelling to, do they require any special storage requirements, how large a supply can you get from your Doctor in your home country and are your medicines available in the country you are visiting?
This guidance sheet produced by our partner InterHealth, gives information on what to do if you need to take medicines with you when you travel internationally.
Responding to Sexual Assault
This information sheet, produced by our partner InterHealth, contains information & guidance on medical & psychological support for those who have been sexually assaulted. It is intended for those who have responsibility for staff such as HR, security managers & field managers.
Managing Stress in Humanitarian Aid Workers
Guidelines for Good Practice: Managing Stress in Humanitarian Workers produced by the Antares Foundation (https://www.antaresfoundation.org). Also available in Arabic, French, Spanish and Albanian from their website.
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Intelli-TRIP Information Flyer
Intelli-TRIP is a fully integrated online travel risk management platform designed to help you measure, manage and reduce travel risk. The platform is backed by a smartphone App that is used by travellers to assess their risk, communicate with their organisation, check in, or ask for help when they need it.
Travel Risk Support Services
Using our online booking tool, your travellers can secure bespoke travel risk support from our team of experienced Travel Risk Advisors by completing the booking and travel information form.
We offer 4 service levels: Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced & Intermediate. See a full-service comparison and more details below.
Risk Management Support Services
For many small and medium sized organisations, accessing affordable and appropriate safety and security advice in a timely manner can be extremely difficult. That’s why we have developed our subscription based, on-demand, Help Desk service to provide access to responsive, ad-hoc, risk advisory services.
For larger organisations, filling short term or interim security advisor roles can be a real challenge. Finding the right people, with the right experience, at the right time, can be difficult, especially if you only need them to cover a few days, weeks or months. At ILS we provide the Embed service to respond to this need.