Context: Humanitarian Core Skills Development Jordan Round 2

Date: 25 Apr - 31 Oct 2016
Length: 189 days
Location: Amman, Jordan
Residential: Yes

*Programme will be delivered fully in Arabic

The application form available is in Arabic (Click on 'Application Form' to the right)


Do you want to learn core humanitarian skills? Or are you a manager ready to help your staff to step up as leaders of humanitarian interventions?
Context is designed to help you, or your staff, to develop core humanitarian competencies and leadership skills in order to improve the quality of emergency response. Context focuses specifically on strengthening the national capacity to respond.   In 2015-17, RedR UK will be implementing the Context Programme in the Middle East and East Africa. Context is based on the Core Humanitarian Competencies Framework, and provides high-quality participative capacity building that is contextually relevant and delivered by highly skilled local RedR facilitators. Besides the Humanitarian Core Skills Development Programme described here, we also offer a 9 month course on the development of Management and Leadership skills.


This is a six-month inter-agency programme providing ongoing professional development to national agency staff in their current roles. It provides an introduction to the key concepts and skills of humanitarian programming. This includes the humanitarian system, standards and principles, programme delivery skills, self-management, collaboration and professional development.


The format of both learning programmes encourages participants to set targets and reflect on their progress, whilst “on the job,” as part of a coherent and high-quality staff development programme. Learning methods include:
  • Two face-to-face workshops (each three days)
  • Coaching (in collaboration with CHS Alliance)
  • Practical course work
  • Learning on the job
  • Self- directed learning
  • Group work
Staff members will be actively supported by their agency and line manager throughout the programme and will take ownership of their learning process. The programme offers a unique opportunity to share best practice and establish a common, high quality learning experience for humanitarian staff in different parts of the world.


Evidence from the 2011 pilot shows that Context’s two programmes provide participants with positive affirmation about their roles in humanitarian work, help them feel better prepared for the future, and better able to see their own role in a wider context.


Target participants are existing national staff, in any discipline or support function but not currently in a management role, in countries/regions involved (or likely to be involved) in Emergency Response programmes, who have not previously been on humanitarian training courses. 


This programme will be taking place at the Dead Sea, Jordan between April and October 2016. The two face-to-face workshops will take place over the following dates:

Workshop One:

April 2017
Duration: 4 days
Date: 16-19 April 

Workshop Two:

July 2016
Duration: 4 days
Date: 23-26 July 



No course fee is charged to participate in this programme. The only commitment required from participating organisations (employers of participants) is to make a contribution to the cost of their staff participating in the programme for transport and accommodation for the two four day workshops, based on the following bands:
  Travel  Acommodation
Band A:National NGOs and government Pay for travel costs to and from the training location

JD 100 amount to cover the accommodation costs (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for workshop 1 and workshop 2 each 4 nights). This is to be paid through REDR UK to ensure smooth logistical arrangements.

Scholarships are offered for Band A

Band B:International NGOs and UN Pay for travel costs to and from the training location JD 300 amount to cover the accommodation costs (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for workshop 1 and workshop 2 each 4 nights). This is to be paid through REDR UK to ensure smooth logistical arrangements.
Special discounts can be offered to organisations sending more than one participant to the programme.


To apply for the Developing Core Humanitarian Skills Programme, please download and complete the application form and return it to us at by the 20th March 2017. 


Context is an initiative of the START Network, and falls under START Build’s Talent Development Programme. Context is led by Oxfam GB with support of the UK Department for International Development’s Disasterand Emergencies Preparedness Programme.


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