R&D: shaping the humanitarian sector

For Bioforce, having trained and qualified national and international stakeholders, with skills which are shared and recognised by the whole of the humanitarian sector, offers the guarantee of a relevant, effective, sustainable response to crises which adheres to humanitarian principles.


Since the very beginning, we have been fully behind this
effort to shape the sector.

R&D and advocacy work on humanitarian competencies and the quality of teaching are fundamental to this work for Bioforce. Having a professional humanitarian community which speaks the same language is even more necessary today faced with the issues related to localisation, which gives national stakeholders a bigger role in the implementation of humanitarian aid.

Co-creating quality standards in training and assessment of humanitarian skills.

In addition to defining and recognizing the various humanitarian professions, our commitment is reflected in an active involvement in several networks and initiatives (Training Providers Forum, ALNAP, CHS Alliance, Humanitarian Passport Initiative, All in Diary ...) and since 2017 the hosting of a reference center on the quality of training and skills assessment.

In partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, RedR and Pearson Education, the center's mission is to develop two major tools to facilitate access to quality training and recognition of the skills of humanitarian professionals: a quality standard of training practices, developed by RedR, and a standard Quality of practices of skills assessment, developed by Bioforce.

To build this standard, Bioforce has been inviting its worldwide partners since the spring of 2017, virtually and in face-to-face consultations, to gather the best of the vast array of knowledge and practices within the community, in order to co-create standards that are truly representative of the sector.

By the fall of 2017, with the dissemination of these standards and the associated quality assurance mechanisms, the humanitarian community will be able to recognize, develop and validate the professional skills of its actors, on an equal basis and throughout the world, whether these are mobilized locally or internationally.

Defining humanitarian professions

As the leading professional training body in the sector, the Bioforce Institute has gained recognition in France for the range of humanitarian professions, based on guidelines which set out the skills required and the activities involved for each profession, and which are reviewed regularly with humanitarian organisations to make sure they take the changing context into consideration. To make sure they remain relevant, the professional guidelines are developed by analysing profiles and job offers made available by key organisations, and with the support of staff in the field and at the headquarters  questionnaires, interviews, steering committee). These guidelines are drawn up in line with the Core Humanitarian Standard Alliance's Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework.