Coaching helps you find your own way

Do you feel blocked professionally, without understanding why? Do you sometimes lack the space for reflection and overview? Our specially trained coaches, experienced in development cooperation and ­humanitarian aid, are ready to support you through such situations.

Coaching in various contexts – 3 examples

Amir, 44 yrs old, Head of Country Office of a Norwegian organisation

Professional background
Has worked in several NGOs, mainly in West Africa. Today in Dakar with a Norwegian organisation

Personal circumstances 
Married, one 9-year-old child living in London with the mother

His story
“Until recently, I was ‘only‘ a coordinator. So I always had someone to guide me. I am now responsible for all programmes, and my direct manager is in Europe.“

Purpose of coaching
“How can I manage employees who, until recently, were on the same hierarchical level as me? What should I do or not do to establish myself as a new leader?“

Simone, 38 yrs old, Activities Coordinator for a Swiss organisation

Professional background
After studying hydraulic engineering, she worked in the private sector and then in the field with the GIZ. Started in a new organisation just one month ago

Personal circumstances
Single, without children

Her story 
“Since taking up my new position in the field, I‘ve had difficulties making my voice heard by my manager, who supervises the programme from Switzerland. I communicate with her by e-mail and Skype. Our interactions are strained.“

Purpose of coaching
“We do not share the same vision of our programme objectives and priorities. Is it due to a different work culture, or a problem of personal chemistry? How can this be remedied?“

Alicia, 32 yrs old, Climate Change Specialist in a Swiss NGO

Professional background
Specialised in environmental sciences, has been ­working for the same organisation for 4 years, and finds her work as stimulating as ever

Personal circumstances
Is considering having children, her partner is going to Asia for one year as part of his PhD

Her story 
“I‘d like to accompany my partner for six months and return to work afterwards. I‘m also considering starting a family but am concerned about the negative effects on my career.“

Purpose of coaching
“I‘d like to prepare for a meeting with my boss to ­discuss the possibility of a sabbatical leave. I also want to clarify my medium-term career goals and consider continuing education.“

What about you? Take a pen and reflect on these questions!

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Choose your coach

There is often no perfect, logical solution for difficult situations. Our coaches are committed to supporting you in your search for sustainable solutions tailored to your individual situation. This is the only way you will be able to achieve your full potential.

Daniel Glinz

  • More than 15 years‘ work experience at the ICRC in various roles, from delegate to manager, team leader and trainer
  • Certified professional coach and trainer for adults

“Providing support to professionals in changing their own perspectives and helping them to reconnect with themselves – this is what we do in our coaching activity.“

Babette Pfander

  • 20 years‘ work experience in the sector, including 5 years as a coach and career adviser
  • Certified professional coach

“During a coaching session, we analyse the situation and create a space for new possibilities. ­Sometimes they are the result of a change of perspective, ­sometimes of (self-)reflection, sometimes of ­questions that we hadn‘t asked ourselves before. I support the person in their creative search for ways to strengthen their capacity for action.“

Adrian Marti

  • Nearly 30 years‘ work experience in the sector, from the ICRC to SDCSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation , UNHCRUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the private sector
  • Certified professional coach

“Creating a space of trust, even if we are far from Switzerland. This makes it possible to address professional, intercultural or work-life balance ­concerns and try to resolve them together. I accompany individuals in finding positive and creative solutions.“

Beat Geiser

  • 25 years‘ work experience in the sector, including 15 years as a coach and career adviser
  • Certified professional coach

“What we perceive as a problem or obstacle is often a symptom that absorbs our attention. Clarifying a situation as a whole, understanding our own role and reactions as well as others‘ points of view, changes the shape and dimensions of the obstacle or question we are asking ourselves.“

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