Can you share a little about yourself and your work?
My name is Char Gul, and I am from Kabul, Afghanistan.
I work as a Deputy Supply Chain Coordinator at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Afghanistan, a proud international humanitarian aid organisation.
I have been working as humanitarian operations professional since 2002 and I have worked in six international organisations in senior level managerial positions.
How did you first get interested in humanitarian work?
Once upon a time, I was a refugee in Pakistan and I had no chance to be educated. But through the generous support of IRC I was provided with numerous opportunities to complete my education: primary and high school plus English language learning through TOEFL, as well as management theory and practical training.
I truly understood the importance of humanitarian assistance and support for marginalised and underprivileged people, especially refugees – I made a true intention to become a humanitarian operations professional to serve these communities throughout the world.
How did you first hear about Kaya and HPass, and what made you start your learning journey with us?
I joined the IRC in March 2022, and first accessed Kaya through our in-house training system. I found the training courses very effective and practical.
So I attended more than 150 training courses during the weekends and after work hours. I feel like the knowledge that I have received through these courses is like two MBA courses!
What are your top three courses on Kaya?
All the courses in Kaya are top courses, I can’t just name three! Here are my top 10:
Understanding the Management Role
Human Resource Management in Humanitarian Context
Self-Awareness: Managing Biases
Project DPro: Project Management for Development Professionals
FMD Pro: Financial Management for Development Professionals
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Influencing, Assertiveness and Negotiation
You were awarded your HPass Bronze Level Learner of the Year badge 2022 – congrats! What‘s your next learning goal?
I have completed 52 badges and I want to be an HPass 2023 Humanitarian Gold Level Learner of the Year! I am planning to get more than 65 badges before the end of 2023.
Do you have any tips or advice for fellow humanitarian learners?
I highly recommend all humanitarian learners to attend every single training course related to their field of work in Kaya in order to become an effective humanitarian professional!