Richard Evans, international recruitment and staff development adviser, Mercy Corps

As international recruitment and staff development adviser at international humanitarian aid organisation Mercy Corps, Richard Evans is responsible for recruitment, training and supporting staff internationally

Richard Evans
Richard Evans
What does your job involve?

I've two main roles. I recruit for international staff across a number of countries, but I'm also responsible for training and coaching national and expatriate staff on HR and management issues.

How did you move into this role?

I spent 10 years in the private sector managing teams in pharmaceutical firms. I was always interested in development, though, and about five years ago I decided to volunteer through VSO in Bosnia. I went in as a business and marketing adviser and met some Mercy Corps people while out there working in a school for blind children. They helped me with some of the issues I had with the school and introduced me to their network. I was impressed, and I've been working for the charity now for just over two years.

What's the best piece of training you've ever received?

I'm part of Mercy Corps' global response team - a group of 34 people that can be deployed at 72 hours' notice in response to humanitarian crises.

At the beginning of 2007 we underwent training in Morocco, learning about emergency response and how best to tackle it. There were about 19 nationalities and many different types of skills present. It was an exceptional environment for learning, and though thankfully I haven't had the opportunity to use the training, I feel much better equipped to deal with any issues that do occur.

What's been your greatest career achievement to date?


One achievement I'm particularly proud of is helping that residential school for blind children in Bosnia when it was running out of fuel. I managed to secure funding for heating when there was just two days of fuel left by launching an awareness campaign with the local media, NGOs and local ministries. It taught me there's always something more you can do in a crisis.

What's the best career-related advice you've ever received?

It was a piece of advice I gave myself: to equip myself with the skills to do the job I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to move into the humanitarian sector, so I did an MBA and followed it up with a master's degree in human resource management. From there, I did volunteer fieldwork, and these things together got me the job I'm in today.n response to humanitarian crises.

At the beginning of 2007 we underwent training in Morocco, learning about emergency response and how best to tackle it. There were about 19 nationalities and many different types of skills present. It was an exceptional environment for learning, and though thankfully I haven't had the opportunity to use the training, I feel much better equipped to deal with any issues that do occur.

What's been your greatest career achievement to date?

One achievement I'm particularly proud of is helping that residential school for blind children in Bosnia when it was running out of fuel. I managed to secure funding for heating when there was just two days of fuel left by launching an awareness campaign with the local media, NGOs and local ministries. It taught me there's always something more you can do in a crisis.

What's the best career-related advice you've ever received?

It was a piece of advice I gave myself: to equip myself with the skills to do the job I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to move into the humanitarian sector, so I did an MBA and followed it up with a master's degree in human resource management. From there, I did volunteer fieldwork, and these things together got me the job I'm in today.

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