An ‘almost impossible job’ – 10 tips for the UN’s next humanitarian boss


UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs John Holmes visits a camp of displaced Yemenis

Remember at all times the people on the ground you are trying to help. That’s what makes the job ultimately rewarding.

Former UN humanitarian chief John Holmes has a few words of advice for the next person to take up the job, British politican Stephen O'Brien.

Next week, O’Brien, a former British international development minister, succeeds Valerie Amos as the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Holmes, who was in the role from January 2007 to August 2010, is now director of the Ditchley Foundation, which helps shape policy on major international issue...

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