Supply chain and logistics competencies in humanitarian aid

Graham Heaslip, Alain Vaillancourt, Peter Tatham, Gyöngyi Kovacs, Deborah Blackman, Marian Crowley Henry

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The continuing incidence of disasters and their associated challenges has increased the demand for humanitarian logisticians. However, there is a dearth of research on their essential competencies. This paper proposes, therefore, a humanitarian logistics competency framework (HlCF) to assist with the professional development of humanitarian logisticians. In creating the HlCF, nine competency domains containing 29 specific competencies across four levels (entry to senior management) were identified. This study makes two key contributions to the literature: (i) it extends the discussion of competency frameworks in humanitarian logistics; and (ii) it presents a framework designed to support the human resource plans and practices of aid agencies. The HlCF allows not only individual humanitarian logisticians to develop the competencies necessary for career success, but also humanitarian organisations to map their own competency frameworks to a common standard. This will, in turn, facilitate workforce mobility and support the overall concept of a certified humanitarian logistics professional.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalDisasters
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)686-708
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 07.06.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • competency framework
  • human resource management
  • humanitarian logistics
  • upskilling
  • workforce mobility

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoHP: Humanitarian and societal logistics


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