This study sought to examine the compatibility between social work competencies with humanitarian assistance job skills requirements in the market. A systematic analysis of international job descriptions (N=500) was conducted with a focus on the skills required of potential employees. The main themes identified and operationalized into discrete skills and/or behaviors were: technical expertise, intra- and extra-organizational competencies, personal abilities, sector specialization, education, and language requirements. To aid educators in curriculum building, the identified skills were cross-referenced with the Council on Social Work Education’s Education Policy and Accreditation Standards practice behaviors to determine how they translate into standardized competencies. The study offers important implications for social work education and discusses several venues for social work employment in international relief and development careers. [AUTHOR ABSTRACT]
Pittman, Sharon; Sugawara, Carman L.; Rodgers, Mark E.; and Bediako, Andrea
"Social Workers in International Relief and Development: A Natural Fit,"
Interdisciplinary Journal of Best Practices in Global Development: Vol. 1
, Article 3.
Available at: http://knowledge.e.southern.edu/ijbpgd/vol1/iss1/3