Needs Assessment in Emergencies (with credit-rated option)


Needs Assessment in Emergencies (with credit-rated option)

Conducting accurate, effective and timely needs assessments is key to the preparation and planning of humanitarian projects.

This course will give you the necessary skills to conduct needs assessments in an emergency context. Through interractive exercises, group discussion and sharing experiences with other participants, you will gain a thorough understanding of  good practice in assessment procedure, including frameworks and principles of emergency assessments. 

What does the course cover? 

  • Objectives of the needs assessment

  • Terms of reference

  • Planning assessment activities

  • Information collation and report writing

  • Data collection techniques - how they work, when to use them, and the meaningfulness of the data they produce

  • Analytical frameworks that determine the focus of the assessment, the way assessment information translates into programme response and helps establish indicators for measuring progress, impact and relevance

  • Data collection methodologies and analytical frameworks that are most appropriate to each sector

  • Links between sectors

  • Sector-specific benchmarks, especially Sphere Standards


By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • Design and plan an effective needs assessment employing tools appropriate for the approach

  • Analyse assessment data to effectively report on beneficiaries’ needs and capacities

  • Analyse cross-cutting and sector specific issues that impact on emergency needs assessments

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the humanitarian context and underlying principles

  • Describe the importance of using a participatory approach throughout the assessment cycle

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key skills, personal attributes and competencies required by an emergency needs assessor


How much does the course cost?

Standard Individual - £721.00

Standard Organisation  - £1211.00


Refer a Friend:

You and a friend/colleague each receive 25% off your course fee, when booking on the same course*

*applies only to certain courses including Needs Assessment in Emergencies

*event ticket is non-refundable in the event of cancellation or non-attendance.

* for more information please email training@redr.org.uk



Receive 10% off the course fee when booking at least 1 month before the start of the course.*

*applies to both individual and organisational tickets



RedR UK is committed to making our courses accessible to any organisation, regardless of size. There are 2 Scholarship places available on all UK-run courses, which cover the full course fee cost.

For more information including required criteria and how to apply, please visit our website or email training@redr.org.uk.


Group Bookings:

For organisations looking to book 3 or more participants onto the same course, RedR can offer flexible fee options. Please email training@redr.org.uk for more information.


The Credit-Rated Assessment:

This course has an optional credit-rated assessment component. Only those who have paid the additional credit-rated fee BEFORE the course and completed the post-course assignment will receive the Oxford Brookes certificate. You can pay the fee at any point prior to the course start.  You’ll have 3 months after the course to complete the assignment. Find out more about the Oxford Brookes certificate and other RedR UK accreditation and certification options here.

Credit-Rated Fee: 

Individual - £274 

Organisation - £347 


Who should attend?

This course is aimed at people with some experience of working in the humanitarian sector. It would be most beneficial for aid workers who undertake needs assessments in their work or who foresee having to conduct needs assessments in the future. The curriculum will take you to the next level of competence in conducting accurate, effective and timely assessments – an essential skill before any form of relief work can take place.


Any questions? Check out our FAQs here and our T&Cs here.

If you have any questions about this course or require further information, please contact training@redr.org.uk.

In case of any complaints, please email complaints@redr.org.uk 

RedR UK is committed to making sure everyone’s needs are met, including people of different genders, ages and disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements or learning needs RedR are committed to try and make reasonable adjustments to support your needs, please email training@redr.org.uk or phone 0207 840 6000 at any stage of the booking process to talk directly to RedR about your needs.

Course Overview

Course Length
5 Days
£649.00 - £1211.00
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