Training & Learning

Disaster Response Training Modules

Free online bitesize training for anyone working in disaster contexts.

Learn how to work WITH, not FOR, affected people. Learn how to protect your own wellbeing, personal safety, and organisational security in difficult disaster contexts. Learn to facilitate online learning and pass on your expertise. 

Online Facilitated Training modules in English and Arabic

This free online training is essential knowledge for anyone who wants to support communities affected by disasters more effectively, building resilience for the long term.

Modules are free to attend, and offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Click on the individual links on each date to register for the module you’d like to attend. They are all facilitated online on Zoom, and delivered in either Arabic or English. All time zones are GMT/UTC.

You can also download our module guide here in English and Arabic.

1. Staying Effective (safety, security and wellbeing) (3 hours)

Learn the basics in staying effective when working in humanitarian crisis. Gain a foundation for personal security, including assessing your own behaviour and risk profile, developing situational awareness, and conducting rapid, dynamic risk assessments. Also learn techniques to manage stress and remain effective during crisis.

Click here for registration: English - Tuesday 27 February, 15:00 (UK time)


2. Repair and seismic retrofitting techniques of vernacular houses (3 days, 2.5 hours per session per day)

This module explores the different retrofitting measures that can be used for earthquake-affected vernacular buildings and helps provide an understanding of how coordination and collaboration with a range of stakeholders (eg international actors, government entities, public service providers, etc) can help to deliver effective engineering solutions. 

Registration links for various cohorts:

 28th to 30th March:

7th April to 9th April March: 

19th to 21st March: (Sales ended for this cohort)

3. Training of Trainers (ToT) Preparation course

This introductory Training of Trainers course aims to strengthen the capacity of local responders, partners and others, so they can contribute to the success of their projects and transfer learnings to their teams, facilitated online sessions, you will learn tips and techniques that will help you to:

This course will comprise individual and small group work assigned between each session. The facilitator will be available to provide support to students.

What does the course cover?

  • By the end of the training, participants will be able to:
  • Write SMART, learner-centred training objectives
  • Prioritise content and establish key messages
  • Present information simply and effectively
  • Design practical activities and create session plans
  • Facilitate groupwork and encourage active participation

Course Structure

The programme will be run over five days between the 3rd March - 7th of March 2024, allowing time for collaborative working and self-study.

The training composed of five live sessions, with individual and small group work assigned between each session. The facilitator will be available to provide support to trainees in between sessions via email.

Date and Time: Sunday 3 March - Thursday 7 March (5 days) 10:00 - 12:30 (UK time) 

Click here for registration: Click here or copy paste the following link to your browser:

4. Water Satety Planning (English)

Module aim:
To support participants knowledge and skills necessary to conduct water safety planning in flood-affected communities
Module Objectives:
Understand how to conduct a risk assessment in Water Safety Planning
Identify the correct techniques to undertake monitoring, surveillance and sampling
Learn how to undertake emergency planning in Water Safety Planning
Acknowledge effective ways to implement Water Safety Plans
Course Structure:
The module comprises of one live facilitated session per cohort. We are offering 6 cohorts on different dates. 
Total: 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes)

Registration link for training on: 11th March 2PM (GMT)

Registration link for training on: 16th March 10 AM (GMT)

Registration link for training on: 21st March 12 Oclock mid-day (GMT)

Registration link for training on: 1st April 12 Oclock mid-day (GMT)

Registration link for training on: 11th April 12 Oclock mid-day (GMT)

Registration link for training on: 20 April 12 Oclock mid-day (GMT)

5. Conducting Needs Assessments in Emergencies (2 hours)

Why is it important to conduct a needs assessment? Learn the different types of data to collect and gain an overview of the tools you can use. 

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6. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) (2 hours)

Understand mental health and psychosocial well-being in the context of emergencies for humanitarian practitioners, supporting your own and others' wellbeing.

6. Self-paced online modules

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Protection Programming

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Protection is an important theme that every humanitarian must consider when designing and implementing programming in any sector or context. This session provides an introduction to Protection programming which we will build on throughout the rest of the course.

After completing this module, you should be able to:  

  • Describe the key principles and activities of general protection and the main protection sub-sectors.
  • Define different types of gender-based violence.
  • Identify mitigation measures that can be taken to mitigate GBV in emergency programming.
  • Identify typical protection interventions that may be relevant in a given context.

Estimated completion time : 45 minutes

برامج الحماية  

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الحماية هي موضوع هام يجب على كل من يعنى بالإنسانية أن يأخذه في اعتباره عند تصميم وتنفيذ البرامج في أي قطاع أو سياق. تقدم هذه الوحدة مقدمة لبرامج الحماية التي سنعتمد عليها خلال باقي الدورة. 

بعد اكتمال هذه الوحدة، يجب أن 
تكون قادرًا على:  

وصف المبادئ الرئيسية والأنشطة للحماية العامة والقطاعات الرئيسية للحماية. 

تعريف الأنواع المختلفة للعنف القائم على النوع الاجتماعي. 

التعرف على التدابير التي يمكن اتخاذها للتخفيف من العنف القائم على النوع الاجتماعي في حالات الطوارئ. 

التعرف على التدخلات النموذجية في مجال الحماية التي قد تكون ذات  

صلة في سياق معين. 

الوقت المتوقع للاكتمال: 45 دقيقة 

Coordination Structures

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Humanitarian Coordination Structures are many and complex. National Governments have existing structures in place to plan for and respond to crises. International actors must be mindful of these, and work to coordinate well with what is already in place.  In the humanitarian community, how we coordinate depends on the context, but common features of the approaches we have seen are the coming together of organisations into thematic sectors, and coordination between these sectors. 

After completing this module, you should be able to:   

  • Identify different approaches to coordination and typical structures related to humanitarian action. 

Estimated completion time: 30 minutes 

هياكل التنسيق 

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هياكل التنسيق الإنساني متنوعة ومعقدة، لدى الحكومات الوطنية هياكل قائمة للتخطيط والاستجابة في حالات الأزمات. يجب على الجهات الدولية أن تكون حذرة من هذه الهياكل الموجودة وأن تعمل على التنسيق بشكل جيد مع ما هو موجود بالفعل في مجتمع الإغاثة، تعتمد طريقة التنسيق على السياق، ولكن السمات المشتركة للنهج التي رأيناها هي التجمع الذي يجمع بين المؤسسات في قطاعات متخصصة بمواضيع معينة ، والتنسيق بين هذه القطاعات..

بعد اكتمال هذه الوحدة، يجب أن تكون قادرًا على:  

التعرف على النهج المختلفة للتنسيق والهياكل النموذجية المتعلقة بالعمل  
الوقت المتوقع للاكتمال: 30 دقيقة 

Humanitarian Standards

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Technical standards exist to guide the work we do in humanitarian action. In most cases, these have been developed through long consultation processes and expert review, leading to a wealth of professional tools and meaningful minimum standards that we can strive for. 

After completing this module, you should be able to:   

  • Describe the rationale and structure of the Sphere handbook.  
  • Locate specific technical standards, actions, indicators and guidance notes within the Sphere handbook.  
  • Identify alternative sources of technical standards and guidance for humanitarian action. 

Estimated completion time : 30 minutes 

المعايير الإنسانية 
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المعايير الفنية موجودة لتوجيه العمل الذي نقوم به في العمل الإنساني. في معظم الحالات، تم تطوير هذه المعايير من خلال عمليات استشارية طويلة واستعراض خبراء، مما أدى إلى وجود مجموعة من الأدوات المهنية والمعايير الدنيا المعنية التي يمكننا أن نسعى إليها. 

بعد اكتمال هذه الوحدة، يجب أن تكون قادرًا على: 

وصف مبررات وهيكل دليل الكرة. 

تحديد المعايير الفنية الخاصة والإجراءات والمؤشرات وتوجيهات الدليل الكرة. 

التعرف على مصادر بديلة للمعايير الفنية والتوجيهات للعمل الإنساني. 

الوقت المتوقع للاكتمال: 30 دقيقة