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.

Tim is currently working as an independent consultant based in Geneva. Recent and on-going projects include: managing a consultative process to produce shelter and settlement tools for use by national authorities within the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism; reviewing and benchmarking GCERF's staff safety and security management system against similar organisations; reviewing the Inter-agency GenCap and ProCap projects; and ensuring humanitarian perspectives and goals are considered by military personnel taking part in an annual NATO peace building/enforcing training exercises.

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