UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Careers in the Humanitarian Sector: an Introduction

11 February 2021, 4:30 pm–6:30 pm

Humanitarian Institute

*POSTPONED* This two-hour, interactive session is aimed at current postgraduate students with an interest in working in the humanitarian sector, specifically those with limited professional work experience in this field.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni




Sarah Jeal – Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for late March/early April. Details will be posted here when available.

In this online workshop, Deputy Director of UCL Careers Katie Bisaro will cover typical routes into the humanitarian sector, the type of experience that is valued by international NGOs, an overview of recruitment processes and mechanisms for career progression such as humanitarian rosters, as well as tailored networking strategies to boost your chances of successfully breaking into the sector.

By the end of this hands-on, interactive session, you will have:

  • gained insight into the primary routes into the humanitarian sector;
  • gained exposure to international NGO recruitment processes and mechanisms;
  • discussed and analysed the types of relevant experience for a humanitarian career; and
  • had the chance to devise and practice targeted networking strategies.

Have your questions ready and utilise Katie's specialist knowledge of the sector, as well as finding out what careers services are on offer at UCL.


Please register using the link above and login details will be sent to attendees shortly before the event. 

About the Speaker

Katie Bisaro

Deputy Director, UCL Careers at University College London

Prior to joining UCL, Katie worked as a Humanitarian Capacity Building Programme Manager for Save the Children, and co-chaired the Capacity Building Task Force for the UN Child Protection Working Group from 2011-2013.  Alongside working with humanitarian employers in her current role at UCL, Katie has directly recruited to entry and mid-level humanitarian advisory roles for Save the Children and partner INGOs, reviewing over 1000 CVs, conducting over 200 interviews, and managing multi-agency assessment centres.