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
Pens and notepads for a workshop
Workshop Facilitator:

Kate Minto, Senior Psychologist, Mandala Staff Support


Please contact us to book a tailored training for a group of staff or volunteers.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (+61 3) 9005 0808

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