Tim Foster

Independent consultant based in Switzerland

Tim’s key competencies are in capacity development, training, facilitation, evaluation, and technical support, informed by extensive humanitarian field experience in needs assessment, programme design and management with the United Nations, RedR, Oxfam, MSF and CARE in the Balkans, Africa and Asia.

He is currently working as an independent consultant based in Geneva. Recent and ongoing projects include: emergency capacity development tools for IRC partnerships; training needs assessment in the Philippines for RedR; developing guidance and training material for capacity building in CCCM for IOM; evaluating the Regional Emergency Cluster Advisor project for ACF/RECA consortium; researching Save the Children's role in responding to emergencies in middle and high-income countries; member of CARE’s shelter team; developing and piloting training courses for UNICEF and WHO; facilitating training courses and workshops for the Health, WASH and Emergency Shelter Clusters; a review of Oxfam GB’s WASH programme in occupied Palestinian territories; and a review for IFRC of the shelter cluster in Tajikistan.

He has been an active member of RedR since 1980 undertaking assignments and acting as a resource person, trainer and convener for training courses; he was the first Director of RedR International's Secretariat in Geneva; a Trustee of RedR UK for five years; and contributed to both editions of Engineering in Emergencies.

He is co-author of Financial management for emergencies, was the lead author for Managing people in emergencies and helped develop and edit the Emergency Personnel Network web site.

Tim is a qualified civil engineer and British citizen. His mother tongue is English and he has a good working knowledge of French.

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