About Frederic Baele
During my training as a social worker, I did an internship in a rehabilitation centre for abused children in Benin. I experienced first-hand the weight of the need for professional support for practitioners. From there on, strengthening support systems has been a guiding priority for me -trainings, experience sharing, coaching, staff care, minimum standards…-.
I have had the chance to work in countries of the majority world, where most of the non-domestic care and social support are carried by individuals with limited formal training and professional support , who build their practices by experience, resilience and great motivation to improve lives of others.
I am humbled by their commitments. I get my energy from the sense of togetherness I feel meeting them all over the world. I heard continuous demands for support, recognition and work security.
Since that internship 20 years ago, I have worked in humanitarian and development contexts improving my technical and management skills. I have taken responsibilities as Global Protection and Inclusion advisor for GOAL, an Irish organisation, and worked as country director for Terre des Hommes Foundation.
These roles enables be to gain practical skills in managing teams at different phases of a programme cycle, and support programmes from both the technical and the management aspect.