Recruitment & Selection for International Deployments

Workshop for managers

Many people are attracted to international aid and development deployments, but not all of them have the attributes to thrive in this challenging environment. So how do you ensure you get the right candidate for the role?

Workshop Overview

This workshop is designed to help organisations maximise fit between candidate and role and minimise workplace stress and injury by improving organisational recruitment and selection procedures.

Participants will be introduced to a systematic, psychosocial approach to recruitment and selection, which gives careful consideration to the broad requirements of international deployments as well as the unique and changing demands of specific assignments. Strategies for assessing for technical as well as psychosocial competencies, such as resilience and coping, will be explored.

Participants will learn how the Psychosocial Risk Management Tool can assist the assessment process by identifying the psychosocial risks applicable to a particular assignment context.

Where possible, workshop activities will be tailored to suit the dynamics of the group (e.g. the workshop may explore strategies for short-term versus long-term deployments and recruiting for a register versus recruiting for a specific role, depending on group dynamics).

Who Should Attend

This workshop is recommended for head office managers, directors, OH&S staff, policy makers, and HR, project and country managers.

Workshop Objectives

Participants who complete this workshop will:

  • Learn about organisational responsibilities towards candidates throughout the recruitment and selection process
  • Understand the rationale and benefits of assessing for psychosocial as well as technical competencies
  • Develop strategies for assessing for psychosocial competencies as well as technical competencies within existing recruitment and selection processes (e.g. through selection criteria design)
  • Learn how to use the Psychosocial Risk Management Tool to inform both recruitment and preparation processes
  • Develop practical skills in behavioural interviewing and competency mapping
  • Be introduced to relevant Australian workplace legislation (such as equal opportunity laws) and explore how this can be ethically applied in the country of assignment
Mandala Foundation - Winner of the 2015 Workplace Excellence Award for Recruitment and Selection

Industry Recognition

In recognition of our annual psychosocial recruitment program for St John of God Health Care’s nursing and pathology development programs in Timor-Leste, the Mandala Foundation recently won the Recruitment & Selection category in the 2015 Australian Psychological Society Workplace Excellence Awards.

This award acknowledges the benefits of adopting a psychosocial approach to recruitment for both candidates and organisations, from improving preparation and fit to increasing retention rates and assignment outcomes.

Team members from St John of God Health Care’s Pathology Development Program in a hospital in Timor-Leste.

The workshop I attended as part of the recruitment process really changed the way that I monitor my own well-being and as a result, I’m more considered in how I respond to stressful situations at work and at home. While I continue to take others into consideration during my decision-making processes, I now take myself into consideration too.

Pathology Development Program Manager, St John of God Health Care

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